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Another important part of teaching mindfulness to your children is to teach them gratitude. You can do this by modeling grateful behavior for them and by teaching them to be grateful for what they have. For example, if you have a moment in the day in which you are together with your child(ren), talk about your day with them. Talk about something good that happened and tell them something for which you are grateful. Ask for their answers on the same topics.
In addition, you can extend your practice of mindfulness to your children by teaching them to meditate. Children, even those under 10, can be taught to meditate. They likely will not be performing extended feats of Zen meditation, but they can sit quietly and focus for a few minutes. Deepak Chopra's The Chopra Center advises that children can be expected to sit for about as many minutes as their age in years - so you could start your seven-year-old with seven minutes.
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By J and M on 12-26-17
This had good basic information on mindfulness. I like these little mindfulness audios because I find them to be great mind cleansers, as well as reminders. They are like daily meditations or time to let go of the day to day and re-center. The only thing I was confused about was the mindful parenting title. It speaks more of mindfulness in general and then a debate on the idea of mindfulness parenting causing parents stress, but not really about actual mindful parenting. But, otherwise it has interesting things to say about mindfulness.
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By Emily on 02-09-18
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
This has a really interesting concept, that of Mindful Parenting. Mindfulness itself is really interesting, and for self help it would be immeasurably helpful.
However, this book feels like it treats mindfulness and mindful parenting as different topics which the book is split between. The first half of the book is dedicated to the history and the how to of mindfulness. It’s really interesting. The second half of the book is dedicated to mindful parenting, which is where this book kind of falls flat. It doesn’t quite make the leap from mindfulness to mindful parenting, and instead there are pockets of information about how you can use mindfulness when parenting. It left me feeling quite disappointed.