Being a parent is difficult, stressful, and messy: getting kids to bed at night and off to school in the morning, breaking up sibling fights, struggling to balance work and family, and constantly cleaning up stuff left behind by family members and pets. And then there are those messy feelings: unappreciated, misunderstood, guilty, and inadequate, sure that other parents must be doing it better.
Mindful parenting educator Michelle Gale has been there. Working at Twitter and other high-tech start-ups while raising two sons, she felt all these emotions. Then she found an answer that parents often miss in the mayhem: being present in each moment.
That simple shift - learning to embrace life in the moment, especially when it is messy, is at the heart of Michelle's new book, Mindful Parenting in a Messy World: Living with Presence and Parenting with Purpose.
Through Michelle's engaging and often funny personal stories, parents discover practical ways to:
Meet conflict with compassion and curiosity
Recognize family as a catalyst for personal growth
React less and connect more
Grow their capacity for self-awareness, humor, and love
Find ease in the midst of family mayhem
Mindful Parenting in a Messy World is a guidebook that teaches busy, stressed out parents how to become more present with themselves and with their children.