Take the time truly connect with the ones you love. Each and every day we do things that, though potentially rewarding, are too easily taken for granted or performed on auto-pilot. 5-Minute Mindfulness: Parenting is designed to help you take a mindful approach to these commonplance experiences and activities, making them more enjoyable, fulfilling, and relaxing. Too often we focus on simply getting through the day, and in doing so fail to truly connect with the precious thing in everyone's life: family. 5-Minute Mindfulness: Parenting explores the ways in which the time we spend with our children can be calmer and more fulfilling. The enlightening essays and simple exercises in this book will help you to communicate more effectively, make your relationships more harmonious, and ensure that the time you spend together is rewarding for you, your partner, and your children. Attractive, compact, and accessible, these books work in harmony with the fast pace of modern life.
A “Mom Must-Read”—Parents A National Parenting Product Award (NAPPA) Winner Easy-to-follow practices that will help moms find quick, daily opportunities to reset and refocus with mindfulness Moms can feel as if they are sprinting through life, crashing onto the pillow at day’s end only to start again the next morning. In Breathe, Mama, Breathe, psychotherapist Shonda Moralis outlines the benefits of daily meditation and shows moms how to do it—in just five minutes! Plus, she shares over 60 “mindful breaks” that will help moms tune into their own well-being (along with everyone else’s): Eat a mindful breakfast—with no phone, TV, or newspaper! Cuddle your child and take three deep breaths together. Give yourself a mindful-mommy high five—because moms can use positive reinforcement, too. Every mom—whether caring for a new baby, an overscheduled grade-schooler, or an angsty teen—can become a mindful mama!
Despite its inherent joys, the challenges of parenting can produce considerable stress. These challenges multiply—and the quality of parenting suffers—when a parent or child has mental health issues, or when parents are in conflict. Even under optimal circumstances, the constant changes as children develop can tax parents' inner resources, often undoing the best intentions and parenting courses. Mindful Parenting: A Guide for Mental Health Practitioners offers an evidence-based, eight week structured mindfulness training program for parents with lasting benefits for parents and their children. Designed for use in mental health contexts, its methods are effective whether parents or children have behavioral or emotional issues. The program's eight sessions focus on mindfulness-oriented skills for parents, such as responding to (as opposed to reacting to) parenting stress, handling conflict with children or partners, fostering empathy, and setting limits. The book dovetails with other clinical mindfulness approaches, and is written clearly and accessibly so that professionals can learn the material easily and impart it to clients. Featured in the text: Detailed theoretical, clinical, and empirical foundations of the program. The complete Mindful Parenting manual with guidelines for eight sessions and a follow-up. Handouts and assignments for each session. Findings from clinical trials of the Mindful Parenting program. Perspectives from parents who have finished the course. Its clinical focus and empirical support make Mindful Parenting an invaluable tool for practitioners and clinicians in child, school, and family psychology, psychotherapy/counseling, psychiatry, social work, and developmental psychology.
Simple and Powerful Solutions for Raising Creative, Engaged, Happy Kids in Today’s Hectic World
Author: Kristen Race, PhD
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Category: Family & Relationships
A mindful approach to parenting that helps children (and their parents) feel happier, healthier, calmer, and less stressed in our frenetic era Rooted in the science of the brain, and integrating cognitive neuroscience and child development, Mindful Parenting is a unique program that speaks directly to today's busy families who make up what Dr. Race calls "Generation Stress." Research has shown that mindfulness practices stimulate the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Regular stimulation of this part of the brain helps us feel happier, healthier, calmer, less anxious, less stressed, and makes it easier for us to concentrate and think clearly—the very behavior we are hoping our children will display. Dr. Race provides: An explanation of the way the brain works and why parents and kids today are more stressed, anxious, and angry than ever before Practical solutions to the problem: Things parents can do to change brain patterns and create a more relaxed and happier home "Brain Coolers": Quick tips that can be used in the moment to help families relax, recharge, and create happiness (such as "The Three Breath Hug") Mindful Parenting understands the realities of raising a family in our fast paced and often-frenetic world and provides hundreds of easy-to-implement solutions, both for parents and their children, to help them manage stress, create peace, and live happier lives. "This book is a must-read for all parents of our generation.” --Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx
Transforming School Culture through Mindfulness and Compassion
Author: Patricia A. Jennings
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness for both educators and students in PreK–12, this book presents flexible models for implementing and sustaining schoolwide initiatives. Compelling case studies show how mindfulness practices can enhance students' academic and social–emotional functioning as well as teacher effectiveness. Chapters review the evidence base for available programs, reflect on lessons learned in real schools, and provide guidance for planning and decision making. The roles of school leaders, teachers, counselors, and parents in creating a more supportive and compassionate school climate are discussed. Also described are innovative approaches to professional development and preservice teacher training.
A More Energetic, Focused, and Balanced You in Just 5 Minutes a Day
Author: Adams Media
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Health & Fitness
Find the perfect way to take a meaningful break and relax your mind and body in just five minutes with this handy, portable guide featuring 100 different yoga sequences to improve focus, mood, energy level, and more. In 5-Minute Yoga, you’ll find 100 yoga sequences that can help you refresh your body and mind in only five minutes. Each sequence—designed to provide a specific benefit to your body, mind, and spirit—contains a detailed explanation with illustrations of each pose so it’s easy to follow along. This guide also includes a glossary with illustrations and short explanations of each yoga pose featured throughout the book—perfect for beginners! Whether you need a quick moment of peace during a hectic day or a chance to promote strength and flexibility to benefit your body, 5-Minute Yoga is sure to give you the restart you need.
A More Peaceful, Rested, and Relaxed You in Just 5 Minutes a Day
Author: Adams Media
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
This quick, portable guide features more than 200 practical, effective ways to calm the mind, reduce stress, and erase tension in your body in less than five minutes. In 5-Minute Calm you’ll learn to relax your anxious mind and release tension in your body through quick and easy mindfulness exercises and techniques. Through guided breathing, meditation, visualization, and more, you’ll find a place of calm in just five short minutes. This newfound peace can allow you to reengage with the world in a meaningful, productive way. Whether you’re facing a frazzled morning at home, a hectic day at work, or a daunting project deadline, this on-the-go stress-reducing guide can help you disengage for a few minutes, find a moment of peace, and get back to your day.
50 Simple Ways to Find Peace, Clarity, and New Possibilities in a Stressed-Out World
Author: Donald Altman
Publisher: New World Library
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Being fully in the moment is harder than it sounds, as anyone who has tried not to think about the past or future while meditating can attest. Yet the rewards of present-moment awareness, or mindfulness, are so great that in Buddhist psychology, it is considered a path to enlightenment. But what about the mundane thorns in that path, things like difficult coworkers, parenting challenges, and bad habits? Donald Altman brings the benefits of mindfulness down to earth and into everyday life. The fifty exercises and practices here build awareness and center attention in ways that free readers to savor routine pleasures, build fulfillment in work, enhance and heal relationships, reduce stress, change unhealthy behaviors, and connect to peace even in the midst of chaos or uncertainty. Simple yet profound, Altman’s techniques illuminate how to take countless baby steps toward enlightenment on any given day.
Described simply, mindfulness is the art of directing our attention to 'what is' (reality) rather than 'what isn't' (our ideas of reality). With a little practice, anyone can do it, and the benefits are profound. Written by two experts with many years of personal and clinical experience, 'Mindfulness for Life' is designed to be your complete guide to living a more mindful life. Only a few minutes a day can start to change your life.
Parenting is for life – 7 days a week, 24 hours a day – and while it is one of the most rewarding experiences life can offer it can also be frustrating when faced with challenging behaviour. But what if just 15 minutes of mindful playtime each day in you and your child’s routine could change all that? Play is the language of children. It is how they communicate. By rediscovering the joy of play as an adult, you can access a whole new way to understand and respond to your child’s needs. Created with busy mums and dads in mind, psychotherapist and parenting expert Joanna Fortune has devised a unique childcare method structured around 15-minute games that can be easily incorporated into your existing daily routine. From newborns to the age of seven, her techniques are underpinned by research, neuroscience and therapeutic theories and are designed to address common behavioural issues you will meet as your child grows, including: Anxiety Lashing out Whining Boredom Sibling rivalry Demands for independence 15 Minute Parenting contains everything your child needs to grow into a happy, confident and resilient adult – it’s child’s play!