by Sarah Napthali
Firmly grounded in the day-to-day reality of being a mother, Buddhism for Mothers discusses Buddhist teachings as applied to the everyday challenges of bringing up children.
Parenting from the inside out : how a deeper self-understanding can help you raise children who thrive
by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed
Born out of a series of parents’ workshops that combined Siegel’s cutting-edge research on how communication impacts brain development with Hartzell’s decades of experience as a child-development specialist and parent educator, this book guides parents through creating the necessary foundations for loving and secure relationships with their children.
*cooking a hot breakfast rather than settling for toast or cereal again.
*spending an hour by yourself. It could be as simple as going to the supermarket without the kids (spudshed, 24hrs, thanks!), but I love to go to home opens on the weekend. Alone.
*getting some exercise – Cockburn ARC has a crèche available to visitors if you fancy trying that option… my younger ones would tend to scream blue murder if I dared tried to leave them in a crèche while I swam, so my exercise involved splashing around in the toddler pools for a fair while there! I also love the walk along the beach from Port Coogee to South Beach, or around some our amazing lakes.
*buying yourself a bunch of flowers. There’s no need to wait for an occasion or excuse, flowers are like bubbles, there’s rarely a reason to say no to either 😉
*getting out of the house to socialise! Pram Jam and Storytime are wonderful ‘no-pressure’ environments for socialising. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know a soul and don’t talk to anyone at all, I can guarantee that you’ll get lots of smiles and friendly faces in each of our branches. Stay afterwards and watch your child interact with the other babies, have a chat to the presenter and introduce yourself if you dare (we love to learn as many names as possible!). Some of my favourite friends are families that I’ve met in the library, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know them all.
Oofoo learns to relax
Written by Amy Hamilton ; illustrated by Megan Saul.
Our modern world is fast-paced, unsettled and rather stressful. Stress is a normal part of a child’s everyday life, however if the level of stress outweighs a child’s ability to cope, then it becomes a problem. Our children need to develop skills and strategies to be able to cope with stress in their lives. In this beautiful illustrated picture book, Ooofoo, the anxious and crazy magpie, introduces us to some of the most common symptoms of stress in children and how to counteract them in a fun, light hearted way!
If I could drive, Mama
Written by Cari Best ; pictures by Simone Shin.
A boy turns a cardboard box into a car and imagines what it would be like to take his mama for a drive all around town. A wonderful story of how a child shows his mum how much he cares for her.
Some self care songs
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