Mindful Mamas and Papas: A Mindful Living Playbook for the Whole Family
Frustrated that most parenting books didn't speak to modern-day mindful parents-especially dads-the author and her husband worked on a parenting guide for mamas and papas. This interactive guide to mindful living includes tips, tricks, and tasty recipes. It's real, raw, accessible, research-based, and it's ready to be implemented now. Flip to any page and you'll find anything from essential oil blends for breathing exercises, mindful meal prep tips, family meditation scripts, smoothie bowl recipes, and more. The author demonstrates that parents can mindfully respond more and mindlessly react less to each other and to their children. Creating moments of stillness to reflect on parenting can be a challenge, but it can also be hugely rewarding. Mindful parenting is not about somehow becoming the perfect parent; it's about being present in your parenting, with all its imperfections. Whether you're a mama or a papa, you'll appreciate the useful methods and achievable steps that will help you bring mindfulness into your life and the lives of your children with this parenting playbook.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 8.50 out of 10
Idea/Concept: The book is well-ordered, with fun and inclusive illustrations. The worksheets have plentiful space for answering the questions posed and their placement next to the relevant points allows for clarity and gratifying takeaways.
Prose: Although this work is sometimes repetitive in its diction, the author generally writes warmly and concisely, with helpful subheads and an even flow of information.
Originality: The topic of mindful or intentional parenting is gaining in popularity. This work stands apart from other titles through its explicit inclusion of fathers, diverse images and decorative embellishments, as well as a greater focus on practical, dynamic guidance.
Execution: The author focuses significantly on actionable practices designed to assist parents in improving their communication skills, reducing stress, and finding purposeful solutions. The lively, interactive format invites readers to sample different approaches to mindful parenting, while encouraging creative exploration.
Date Submitted: January 14, 2020