Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family

Publisher: New Harbinger
Year: 2015
Pages: 224

This book is a breath of fresh air, no pun intended. I find most parenting books preachy and judgmental, laden with overwhelming details about the “right” way to parent. But Naumburg writes in a compassionate, empathic voice that makes me feel understood. She offers plenty of helpful suggestions, but they are just that – suggestions, rather than prescriptions. And her suggestions are so do-able – they don’t involve complicated charts and systems, like so much of what I’ve read. After reading her book, I immediately started implement small changes in the way I communicate with my kids, and they’ve helped!

– Reader Review

Being a parent is stressful, and when your child has a meltdown, it can be difficult to keep cool—let alone help your child to calm down. Ready, Set, Breathe offers real solutions to help you both deal with stress using everyday mindfulness games, activities, rituals, and habits. Designed for parents of children ages 2-10 years old, this book is fun, engaging, and effective.

As any parent knows, children aren’t always receptive to what you say. Parental advice is often ignored or perceived as intrusive; and trying to get your kid to calm down and breathe can turn into an unpleasant power struggle in which you feel powerless and frustrated; and your child can feel nagged or bullied. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. In this book, you’ll learn to teach mindfulness to your child in the most enjoyable and realistic way possible. You’ll also learn skills to help yourself stay calm when your child acts up and you feel stressed out.