Monday, August 11, 2008

Everyday Blessings: the inner work of mindful parenting

This book, by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn, has a lot of good things to say, but it's not exactly compelling reading. I found I had to wade through it, so it takes more time to review it as well. It seems like there's just a lot of wordage to accompany just a few simple ideas that I like, such as taking and accepting each moment as it is, and applying meditation practices to parenting.

So maybe it's a good book to sort of page through, especially if you're feeling stressed out by the parenting gig or if you're just generally anxious or tense or need some meditative peace in your life. But again, not so fun or easy to read, mostly due to a somewhat ponderous way of writing. A good addition to the parenting library, but it ranks pretty low compared to some others. But then again, it might come in really handy for some parents. It's your call.

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