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Book Review: Mindful Parent Happy Child

It’s pretty much a no-brainer that parents are busy people, and this is especially true for student parents, who, on top of packing lunches and driving to soccer practice, also have to find the time to write essays and study for midterms. Understandably, parenthood (and student parenthood in particular) can get a little hectic at times. Dr. Pilar Placone’s new book Mindful Parent Happy Child offers parents a way to deal with the stress and find a way to give their all at work or school while still being the type of parent they want to be.

Dr. Placone’s book is centred on mindfulness, the idea that focusing one’s attention on all the thoughts and emotions of the present moment (and only those thoughts and emotions) can help decrease stress and increase self-acceptance. Dr. Placone suggests that focusing on cultivating mindfulness during the time spent with their kids can help parents foster a stronger parent-child relationship. Realizing that this can be a big step for parents who have never tried practicing mindfulness before, Dr. Placone also includes a number of worksheets and exercises at the back of the book that parents can try on their own or with their children to help the whole family learn about this technique.

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Thus, Mindful Parent Happy Child offers student parents the opportunity to not only learn and experiment with a new parenting technique, but also to become familiar with mindfulness, a practice that can help alleviate stress across many different life domains.

Drop by the Family Care Office to check out Mindful Parent Happy Child, or browse through our entire collection of parenting books and resources.

Christina Ransom

Christina is in her first year of graduate studies in Library and Information Sciences. She graduated from York with a BA in psychology, but she can’t read your mind or analyze your dreams. Christina is a huge advocate of public transit and enjoys exploring the City of Toronto via TTC (she enjoys the 8 am commute to St. George campus from North York considerably less, however).

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