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If the Buddha Had Kids: Raising Children to Create a More Peaceful World

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The bestselling If the Buddha . . . series continues with some Zen wisdom for frantic parents

In an age when so many kids seem to be glued to video games and eating fast food dinners on the way to a soccer game, author Charlotte Kasl urges parents to step back and examine what is important in their lives, and to take the time to truly get to know their children. Using spiri
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 29th 2012 by Penguin Books (first published August 28th 2012)
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Cindy Hudson
Jan 30, 2013 Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it
There are many books to help parents decide how to raise their children. But a new book by Charlotte Kasl, Ph. D., takes an approach I haven’t seen before. It’s called If the Buddha Had Kids: Raising Children to Create a More Peaceful World. While the guide touches on the tenets of Buddhism and how they relate to parenting children, it also has lots of common sense advice for parents who are searching for ways to raise their children with both love and discipline.

Kasl starts by explaining some o
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Tracy
Dec 21, 2014 Tracy rated it really liked it
I've read a lot of parenting books, and this is in line with a lot of the books that I have liked. Emphasizing listening and empathy and encouraging your children to express their feelings, emotions and opinions. Based on the title I was a little worried that this book would be too idealistic and impractical, but the author did a good job of using real-world examples and situations and emphasizing that children need structure and boundaries as well as the freedom to be individuals and make choic ...more
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Jan 19, 2016 Indiana Todd rated it it was amazing
One of the best "parenting" books I've ever encountered. I don't usually go for any packaged ideas about what parenting should look like from any individual or socially biased perspective - this is anything but - a philosophical approach to parenting steeped in scientific theory and the unparalleled compassionate guidance of The Buddha. I've read it three times now in my son's three years and each time I've received guidance and encouragement to trust myself and the courage to allow my son to gr ...more
Tamara
I really enjoyed this book. It is not just a 'parenting' guide or how to, it's also a book to help you in your own journey. It is also easily implemented - you can be more peaceful immediately.

The extensive reading list at the end had me adding many many more books to the TBR shelf!
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Better read for parents of older children (5-18) than of a toddler (mine is 2.5 years old). I'll pick this back up again in the future.
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This book changed my life. I am definitely going to read it again and again.
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I really enjoyed this and it was a good companion to similar books
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Charlotte Sophia Kasl, PhD, is a U.S. psychologist and author.

She pioneered the 16-Steps for Discovery and Empowerment as an alternative to the Twelve-step program for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems.

She wrote several books based on some aspects of Sufi, Quaker, and Buddhist spiritual beliefs and traditions.

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