Title: Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children
Author: Sarah Napthali
Publication Year: 2007
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Review: I didn’t realize it at the time, but this book is actually a sequel. I think I might have enjoyed it more if I had read the first one. This book is not really what I thought it was going to be, which probably just shows how narrow-minded I am. When the title said “Buddhism” I was expecting more like a watered-down, pithy version of Buddhism that would help me be calm in trying situations, not actual Buddhism.
The author is in fact a Buddhist who really does want to teach you Buddhism, not that I’m opposed to this at all. I think it’s a great idea, it’s just not what I was expecting and given that I know absolutely nothing about real Buddhism, I probably would be better off starting somewhere else if I wanted to learn about the practice (maybe even the author’s first book).
However, the book is also exactly what I expected in that it does remind you to appreciate the moment, not dwell on the past or worry too much about the future. It tries to teach you to not be too self-critical or over-analytical.
Most importantly, it gives you the tools to be mindful in your parenting, so you can enjoy your kids and be grateful for them and not react to situations in a way that you might regret later. Since reading it a few days ago, I find myself talking a little quieter and trying to stay calm when ordinarily I would get angry and yell. As a result, my relationship with my kids feels a little closer and more loving. These Buddhists might be on to something. (Personal Rating: 7/10)