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Once you have begun your own practice of mindfulness and have branched out into mindful parenting, advocates believe that you should teach it to your children. It can start with something as easy as teaching them to breathe deeply when they're upset. This helps them to learn how to control their emotions.

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.

©2017 Alice Walker (P)2017 Alice Walker

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Mindfulness

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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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.

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Short yet still a little scattershot

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.


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Inspiration for your own life

This review is based on an audiobook that I received. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

'Mindful Parenting: The Timeless Art of Raising Kids' by Alice Walker is a selflearning book.
This audiobook is about 1hour long that informatical by nature.

I'm new to the narrator Sri Gordon. She has a nice voice and her narration is excellent. She is easy to listen to and his perfectly paced reading. The sound quality is good. it was nice and clear. Sri Gordon her performance overall greatly adds to the enjoyment of the book. Because I sometimes drifted away. But She always brought me back to what she was telling me.

This audiobook had very good basic information about "Mindfulness".
In the beginning of the book Alice Walker explained where the therm Mindfulness came from and what she think this means.
Also she tells about the history of mindful thinking and the people that have promoted it

The subject matter, what I think is "Mindful Parenting" covered was very interesting, but it was only about half the time of the book. I would have like more material about Mindful Parenting itself.
I or the audience could have benefited more by talking about the specific parenting method and giving examples.
Talking about the people who have used and/or brought it to America could be the extra or the bonus of this audiobook. If you want more background information.

I really liked the history of where the method "Mindfulness" came from. I find this very interesting. I also think that that part was necessary to explain what "Mindful Partenting" and "Mindfullness" have in common and it probably needed to understand the thread of the story.
After some consideration I would recommend this audiobook to parents or parents to be, who wants to know more about "Minderful Parenting". Because this audiobook is not really a guide about how to do things. But more like inspiration for yourself. So you could fit this in your own situation.


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very informative and to the point on the subject

If you could sum up Mindful Parenting: The Timeless Art of Raising Kids in three words, what would they be?

Very Interesting Subject

The subject matter covered was very interesting but it was only about half the time of the book. The rest was a history of mindful thinking and the people that have promoted it.

This could have benefited more by talking about the specific parenting method and giving examples and talking less about the people who have used and/or brought it to America. The history of where the method came from was interesting and probably needed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There were no characters in this book.

Which scene was your favorite?

The part where they talked about mindful parenting

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Don't just raise a child...Raise a mindful child

Any additional comments?

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a guide that will make you think

this book provides us with A New Perspective about meditation and children it's a great book for parents who can learn about little things that will help you manage with your children a great guide to listen to

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."