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Mindful Parenting : Simple and Powerful Solutions for Raising Creative, Engaged, Happy Kids in Today's Hectic World
by Ph.D. Kristen Race


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781250020314
  • ISBN-10: 125002031X
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • Publish Date: January 2014
  • Page Count: 265
  • Dimensions: 8.35 x 5.49 x 0.77 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.51 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-11-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Psychologist Race, founder of the Mindful Life program, offers a thoughtful, science-based plan that helps today’s parents (“Generation Stress”) and their kids use mindfulness techniques. The Colorado-based mother of two presents a dire scenario—kids and parents are stressed out due to factors including over-use of technology, too much homework, not enough sleep, over-scheduling, and insufficient time for free play. Race explains that all this stress plays out in the brain: the prefrontal cortex, which helps kids pay attention, problem-solve, and make good choices, takes a back seat to the fight-or-flight amygdala, the “fire alarm” of the limbic system. Through mindfulness (“paying attention to the present moment with kindness”), kids and parents learn to approach life from a calmer, clearer perspective. Race provides age-appropriate mindfulness activities for children, teens, and adults. Along with such expected tips about breathing and yoga, she suggests activities like stargazing, taking a hike, or using the non-dominant hand to help kids slow down and be present. She also differentiates between good stress (learning to swim, rock climbing) and bad stress (not enough sleep, too much TV). Busy parents will benefit from Race’s balanced approach and bounty of family-friendly ways to decompress. Agent: Stephanie Kip Rostan, Levine Greenberg Agency. (Jan.)

 
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