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Mothering with Courage


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Preface Chapter 1: The Reflective Mom Chapter 2: Hopes, Wishes, and Dreams Chapter 3: Can You See Clearly? Chapter 4: The Messages We Send Our Children-They Share Them with the World Chapter 5: What Are We Teaching Our Children? Chapter 6: Children Are Our Teachers Chapter 7: Whose Behaviour Problem Is It Anyway? Chapter 8: Discipline Is Not a Dirty Word Chapter 9: Just Tell Me the Truth Chapter 10: Clearing Your Past So You Can Parent in the Present Chapter 11: Who's Taking Care of You? Chapter 12: You Have All the Answers ... When You Really Listen Notes Appendix: Mindful Mothering Tips

About the Author

Bonnie Compton, APRN, BC, CPNP, has worked for more than 30 years with mothers and families as a child and adolescent therapist, parent coach, and pediatric nurse practitioner, giving them the tools to parent mindfully and guiding them to wake up to what really matters to them as mothers. She is a workshop and retreat facilitator and hosts her own podcast radio program, Wholehearted Parenting Radio, which is available on iTunes, Web Talk Radio, Radioactive Broadcasting Network, and Stitcher Radio. She is also a certified ScreamFree Parent Leader.Bonnie has also appeared as a parenting expert on numerous television and radio shows, including Lowcountry Live and Channel 2 News, Moms in the Morning, ChickFM radio, and JOY Radio in Charleston, SC. Bonnie has also been interviewed by or has written parenting articles for the following print newspapers, magazines, and websites:Lowcountry Parent Magazine Post and Courier's Moxie Mindful Parenting Magazine "Monday Consult" (parenting column), Baltimore SunMaryland Family MagazineWebsite articles:honeygood.comgrandmagazine.comBonnie received her master's degree in nursing, as a pediatric nurse practitioner, followed by her post-masters/clinical nurse specialist degree in child and adolescent psychotherapy from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband. She loves spending time with her family and friends, walking on the beach, playing tennis, and soaking up everything the Lowcountry has to offer. Bonnie's parenting-tips video interviews appear on her website, http://www.parentingpartners.info/parenting-tips-and-topics/, as well as on her blog, www.parentingpartners.info/blog/.


"A gift that will inspire and empower moms to trust their innate wisdom."
--Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Parent and The Awakened Family"Bonnie Compton is a master at helping us quiet the doubts and fears we have in our mothering abilities so we can consistently respond with love, compassion, acceptance, and authenticity. Using the tools, anecdotes, and journaling prompts in Mothering with Courage, you will transform your relationship with your children, your spouse, yourself, and the world around you. Opening this book is like opening your eyes and heart simultaneously; at last you will clearly see the pathway to the parent you've always wanted to be lies within." --Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times Bestselling Author of Hands Free Mama and Only Love Today "Mothering With Courage is an excellent guide to mothering consciously: with heart, mind, and eyes open. Bonnie Compton knows this mothering path can never be done perfectly (what a relief) and she invites us to keep growing as we raise our children. Her decades of personal and professional experience--as a mother, a grandmother, child & adolescent therapist and a parenting counselor--make her a certified wisdomkeeper. Thank goodness she does not keep that wisdom to herself, but shares it all with us in this wonderful book!"
Sil Reynolds, co-author of Mothering & Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years "Motherhood is not all cuddles and kisses. It is difficult, messy, and exhausting. Mothering with Courage, by Bonnie Compton, shares information and advice on how to make mothering a more rewarding job while raising happier, healthier children.This book asks mothers to examine the relationship that they have with their children and discusses topics including hopes and dreams, teaching and learning from children, and behavior and discipline, as well as each mother's unique history that guides and shapes how she interacts with her kids. Practices as simple as setting aside a few minutes each day to connect with the children begins the process of learning what is needed to nurture a more open, honest relationship. Central to this is the idea that a mother already knows what is best for her and her family, and that she must learn to trust and follow her intuition.The organization of this book makes it an easy resource to refer to over and over again. There is a summary at the beginning of each chapter that is particularly helpful in understanding what is to come. Lists of thought-provoking journaling questions throughout the book help mothers to identify what really matters and will be worth revisiting: 'When do you feel most connected with your children? When do you feel least connected?' Finally, an appendix at the end of the book is full of tips that serve as reminders of the lessons learned and will certainly be valuable throughout the child raising years.It is easy to get lost in the daily tasks of motherhood. It is not so easy for a mother to navigate through parenthood staying aware of both her goals as a mother and her child's true needs. This is exactly what Mothering with Courage teaches moms to do. Motherhood may not be easy, but Mothering with Courage may help to make it a far more rewarding experience."

--Foreword Reviews"In the busy life of a parent, it may seem like self-reflection is a bit of a luxury; who has time to really think about how we parent--and why--when lost in the daily crush? Therapist Bonnie Compton, however, believes it's important we find the time to do just that. Self-reflection is perhaps the ultimate form of mindfulness, and taking the time to really think about our lives as parents can make a huge difference in the way we relate to our children, our spouses, and even ourselves. Her book Mothering With Courageis packed with information, stories, quotes, and more to get readers really thinking about their parenting styles. Each chapter contains a concise summary, making it easy to absorb this info in small bites, but readers will benefit even more if they take the time to read through every page of this deceptively slim book. Readers will also love the journaling exercises sprinkled throughout every chapter; these writing prompts will help parents determine what's working for them . . . and what's not. This is a great book that is sure to inspire parents to work on themselves."
--San Francisco Book Review

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