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Read Along: Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children – Becoming a Mindful Parent

UPDATE: So glad you guys are excited about this.  We covered the first chapter here.  But it’s not too late to get your copy and join us!

Recently my husband and I had the chance to slip away to Washington DC for a long weekend without the kids. It was part work and part fun and we had a great time.  This is going to sound a bit odd, but one of the things I enjoyed most was the plane ride.

I know, who enjoys a six hour plane ride?  A mom with a good book – that’s who.  And that book was one I’ve been wanting to read for what feels like forever (probably because I knew it would be somewhat life altering if only I could find time to read it): Buddhism for Mother’s of Young Children.  One of you initially recommended it when we were talking about swapping parenting book cliff notes and it’s been hanging out in the back of my mind ever since.
Despite the long plane ride, I only read the first two chapters because I wanted to really give them a chance to sink in before moving forward.  What I did read, I loved.  So much so that today I’m announcing MPMK’s first read along for this very book!  I so hope you’ll join me.


Don’t be scared off by the title.  I know it sounds a little touchy-feely and, well, Eastern.  But, let me assure you, being a buddhist is not a prerequisite to getting something out of this book (I’m not, in case you’re wondering).


The thing that I love so much about Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children is that its focus is really on how to just be more present with your children.  The idea isn’t new – half the quotes floating around Pinterest right now have something to do with “staying present” or “being mindful”.  What is different, is the easy to understand and concrete methods the author puts forth for actually do so.


This might surprise you a bit given the emphasis on playtime here at MPMK, but one of my biggest struggles as a mother is being able to fully let go of the housework, to-do list, blogging, etc. while I’m spending time with my children.  I realized recently that although I was doing a good job of making one-on-one time with them, I was still letting everything else in my life distract me during these times.


Worse yet, I often found myself impatient and sometimes grumpy during our time together because of those other things I wasn’t getting done.  Of course two chapters haven’t completely changed our direction, but they are already leading to some gentle course corrections.  I’m finding that I’m able to let go more and really revel in the small stuff like my kids’ silly laughs and easy smiles.  

Which is exactly why I want to read the rest of the book along with all of you. Are you interested?  I’ve never done anything like this so I welcome your input on how it should all go down.  I was thinking maybe a post covering two chapters once every two weeks.  Does reading a chapter a week seem doable?  

Basically I want it to be an online book club so I’m thinking I’ll write a little on what I’ve taken away from the chapters and then I’ll open it up to you to do the same in the comments.  As we move forward, I think it would also be nice to check-in and see how we’re progressing with the stuff we’ve learned in previous chapters.

Sound good?  If you’re as excited about this as I am, get your copy of the book here. (The paperback version isn’t available at Amazon but the kindle version is and you can download a free kindle reader for use on pretty much any computer through Amazon.  I’m currently reading mine on an iPad).  Then let me know in the comments that you’re coming along for the ride.

P.S. In case you’re interested, there’s also Buddhism for Mothers and Buddhism for Mothers of School Aged Children.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Schoenfelder July 12, 2012 at 5:16 am

I have had this book on my list for quite some time. I would love to read along with you! I’m imagining it will make for some very good discussion. Will be checking back…



Amy July 12, 2012 at 5:41 am

Love this idea! Just bought and have it on my iPad ready to go. Will start reading tomorrow.


Maggie July 12, 2012 at 6:15 am

Yay! I love a good read along and I was given this book two years ago as a baby shower gift :)


Jen Tapler July 12, 2012 at 7:02 am

I’m in. Going to purchase now.


Unknown July 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

I’m in! The sample was already on my Kindle because I have been meaning to read it too! Yay!


drphotos July 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

HI!!! So funny that this is the entry for today, as I just returned from a 11 day vacation with both books traveling back & forth with me. I bought them a few years ago and they are still sitting on my nightstand. I bring them whenever we have long car rides or vacations and still have not finished either one. I look through them, read a paragraph or two, then get distracted, or get into a deep conversation with my husband or a deep sleep on the long car ride. I think this will now motivate me to get through them! So let me know when we are all starting! Looking forward to the reading journey! (BTW, I am a mom to three cool boys, 8, 6 & 4 years old and I run my own photography business)


Kat July 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

This sounds like exactly what I need right now. I’m In!


Cindy July 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Love this idea! I’m going to pick up the “complete” version which has all 3.


Karen July 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm

It sounds great. I am in! :)


Lynn July 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm

i’m in.


Jennerosity July 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I’m in too! Off to download the book now.


kayla July 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I have been searching for a book like this! i am in!


Sabina Sabo July 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I’m in, I’ll download it on my Ipad tonight :)


Anonymous July 13, 2012 at 12:30 am

I’m in! Need a read like this…


Trae C July 13, 2012 at 7:18 am

I’d like to join the read-along too. I’ve been studying mindfulness for about 6 months and it’s been, as you said, life-altering. I’m interested to see how this book compares to another one I’ve read (and highly recommend, BTW) called Mindful Motherhood by Cassandra Vieten.


Elizabeth July 16, 2012 at 4:16 am

Purchased it and have read the first two chapters. IN LOVE! This is exactly what I needed. Thank you!


Meg July 21, 2012 at 3:29 am

This book sounds fantastic! I just downloaded a copy on my Nook, so I’m ready to go. I’ve been challenging myself to read at least one parenting book a month this year and this is a subject I’ve been looking for books on.


Heather July 21, 2012 at 5:12 am

I’m in. :)


Anne Joy July 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I got my book yesterday, this is exactly what I needed!


Lora Carroll July 22, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I am in too :) It sounds like a great book and I love the idea of reading it together.


Janet July 24, 2012 at 5:48 am

I’m in, but I just bought the book now, so I may be a bit behind for the first bit.


Kristin July 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Found your site via Pinterest. The time couldn’t be more perfect, exactly what I need! Just purchased!


Marina May 12, 2015 at 10:49 pm

I found your site through a google search. I started blogging about mindfulness and memory keeping this year and this series came up. I love that you led a read through of this book. Mothers need mindfulness just as much, if not more than, anyone. =)


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