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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.
Clocking in at an hour in length 'Mindful Parenting' doesn't actually spend a whole lot of that time on actual parenting. It is effectively broken into three parts: introduction/history of mindfulness, mindful parenting, and defending itself against the naysayers.
The book opens by giving background and history of mindfulness and it's links to Buddhist tradition. It gives the background, but clearly allows for the reader, and the employer of mindfulness, to take or leave the Buddhist stuff. It's about being aware of your thoughts and actions, right now, and not letting your mind worry or wander off. The eastern religion stuff doesn't have to be taken up.
The middle section, which deals with parenting, actually focuses more on the parent employing mindfulness in general. There is some advice and practical tips to dealing with children, and even some ways to get your kids to start using mindfulness, but the main focus is getting yourself right before you apply it to the kids. Much of it also seems common sense, but like much common sense stuff it actually has to be pointed out to you initially.
Finally, most of the last half is taken up by responding to critics of mindfulness and mindful parenting. It quotes articles etc that have a go at mindfulness and then provides rebuttals. While this section has some interesting things in it, I didn't feel it added that much to the book.
Narration by Sri Gordon was god. Well paced and easy to follow. The voice suited the topic, in that it was generally relaxed and soothing.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.