Books

Big news, folks!

I’ve just sold my third book, and it’s going to be super fun and super useful. It’s a deep (but not too deep!) dive into the most meaningful and challenging work of my life: how to stop losing my shit with my kids.

No, seriously. That’s what the book is about. In fact, the title is HOW TO STOP LOSING YOUR SH*T WITH YOUR KIDS, and I am thrilled that it will be published by Workman Publishing.

All the juicy details are up on my PsychCentral.com blog – check it out!

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

Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters

The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality

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

“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! ”  – Amazon 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.

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Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters

“This book has literally changed my relationship with my daughter (and myself). The examples Dr. Naumburg gives, and the ideas to put them into practice have helped me become a more calm, loving, compassionate and understanding mother. I literally came up with an idea while reading the book, and immediately talked to my daughter about it. We started implementing it, and I have not yelled in over two weeks.”  – Amazon Review

This generation of parents is overwhelmed with parenting advice; Carla Naumburg sets out to remind them that they have everything they need to raise healthy, happy children. Mindful parenting is about paying attention to what is going on with your children and yourself without judging it or freaking out about it or thinking everyone, including yourself and your child, should be doing something differently. In Parenting in the Present Moment, Naumburg shares what truly matters in parenting—connecting with children in meaningful ways, staying grounded amidst the craziness of parenting, and staying present for whatever life throws your way.

With reassuring, compassionate storytelling, she weaves the most current theories—about healthy relationships, compassionate self-care, and mindfulness—throughout vignettes of her own chaotic childhood and parental struggles. She shows how mindfulness creates a solid foundation for any style of parenting, regardless of your cultural background, socio-economic status, or family structure. Parenting is an ongoing journey that constantly challenges every parent. Parenting in the Present Moment will help each family find its own way.

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The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality

I am so pleased to have an essay in this anthology, edited by Avital Norman Nathman.

In an era of mommy blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook, The Good Mother Myth dismantles the social media-fed notion of what it means to be a “good mother.” This collection of essays takes a realistic look at motherhood and provides a platform for real voices and raw stories, each adding to the narrative of motherhood we don’t tend to see in the headlines or on the news. The honesty of the essays creates a community of mothers who refuse to feel like they’re in competition with others, or with the notion of the ideal mom–they’re just trying to find a way to make it work.

In my essay “Mama Don’t Cook,” I confess that I’d rather scrub a toilet than go to a farmer’s market. Yup. I said that.

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