As a mum do we even have time to read? I think not, so when a friend recommended this book I bought it with the intention of reading it in hospital after I had my next baby, the only time I imagined I would ever have time again with 3 children.
When it arrived in the mail, I thought I would read the introduction and have continued to read a little bit every night. Interestingly I find myself reading it slowly, savouring it, pondering the words and then applying the little ideas in my life.
Buddhism for Mothers doesn’t mean you need to be a Buddhist
I am not a buddhist, not quite sure what I am, but clearly this is about a gentle view point more than anything and certainly doesn’t strike me as a religious book. This book is about life.
Buddhism for Mothers is for Mums with Kids of all ages because she has written different ones to be relevant to mums in many different stages of their lives. It is all about a way of looking at things, approaching life and motherhood from a gentle perspective, learning to stress less, worry less and live more.
There are five books
Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children
Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children: Becoming a Mindful Parent
Buddhism for Mothers of Schoolchildren: Finding Calm in the Chaos of the School Years
The Complete Buddhism for Mothers (this is a combined of the top 3 books mentioned)- I got this one
Buddhism for Mothers with Lingering Questions
Buddhism for Mothers- Whats the big deal
For me, it is the amount of tiny lessons within each page, like a guidebook to parenting in a way that seems to make utter sense. Let me give some examples so you understand
- Allow Kids to talk it through- say little, prompt them, delay introducing your own feeling and your opinions, don’t hijack their talking time
- You don’t own your child. He belongs to a community of people who love him and want the best for him. People have just as much right to teach him about consideration of others as I do.
- We are what we think. All that we are arises with out thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.
- It’s important to notice the diabolically difficult nature of parenting and to not expect perfection (Susan Murphy).