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Zen Parenting: The Art of Learning What You Already Know
Judith Costello, Jurgen Haver

Zen Parenting is filled with touching, inspiring, and humorous anecdotes of what it means to parent in today's world. This short-story format allows readers to easily grasp and apply Zen concepts in their own lives. It offers practical insights into using the Zen practice of nonjudgmental awareness to deal with the day-to-day chaos and joy of parenting.

Dharma Family Treasures : Sharing Buddhism With Children
Sandy Eastoak

When Buddhists become parents, they sometimes encounter conflicts between their practice and the demands of childrearing. How can time be found to meditate? The 155 essays, poems, and stories in this book will be of value both to Buddhist parents seeking answers and non-Buddhists who want to combine a sense of spirituality with everyday activities regarding children. 20 line drawings.

Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up
Norman Fischer

Karma Kids: Answering Everyday Parenting Questions With Buddhist Wisdom
Greg Holden

Empowering parents with practical and fun ways to impart spiritual and ethical principles to their children, this book provides real-world tools for spiritually minded moms and dads. With advice based on Buddhist wisdom but grounded in the reality of modern American life, Karma Mama, Dharma Dad, and Buddha Baby offers strategies that make family interactions more rewarding and meaningful. The book shows parents how to instill an alternative set of principles in their children, and engages kids in fun activities such as games to play in the car and stories to read aloud that teach generosity, compassion, patience, and mindful decision making.

Wide Awake: Buddhism for the New Generation
Diana Winston

A Buddhist Guide for Teens, a well-written and basic primer for Gen-Ys who are asking Big Questions. Introducing concepts such as meditation, enlightenment, metta (lovingkindness), karma, the four noble truths and the eight worldly conditions, Winston writes accessibly but doesn't try overly hard to sound cool or relevant. Teens will appreciate the way she gives the dharma to them straight, while many adults will also benefit from this lucid manual.

Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is the powerful meditative practice of cultivating moment-to-moment awareness to bring wisdom, understanding, & a greater sense of meaning & purpose into our daily living. Now, parents can enrich their lives & the lives of their children through mindful parenting — that is, by honoring the fullness of the present moment, & within it, the inner potential & beauty that reside in both our children & ourselves. Provides a powerful new way of looking at & facing the challenges of parenthood, illuminating how a lack of awareness fosters patterns that damage both parent & child, & how mindfulness can bring healing & transformation to this relationship.

Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
Karen Maezen Miller

Combining humor, honesty, and plainspoken advice, Momma Zen distills the doubts and frustrations of early parenting into vignettes of Zen wisdom. Drawing on the author's long-term practice of meditation, and inspired by her own struggles as a first-time mother, Momma Zen explores the timeless inner lessons of parenthood.

Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children
Sarah Napthali

Haiku Mama
Kari Anne Roy

When she was my mom she said no sweets before lunch. Hypocrite grandma. This collection of irreverent haiku explores the reality of modern motherhood -- complete with dirty diapers, spilled SpaghettiOs, obnoxious purple dinosaurs, carseats, strollers, choking hazards, and more. It's the perfect gift for new moms with young children at home -- a book that can be picked up for a minute and then put down to wipe a nose or settle an argument, all while making Mom laugh. With more than 100 haiku and 40 whimsical illustrations, Haiku Mama is a collection of verse that all mothers (and their family and friends) will love.

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