Clinical Social Worker & Author
Dr. Carla Naumburg’s speaking, writing, and clinical practice are all motivated by one goal: to make parenting easier, more effective, and a lot more fun. An experienced speaker, workshop leader, social worker, and mother of two young daughters, Carla knows how challenging child-rearing can be, and how easily we can lose sight of what really matters. Her approach to parenting is based in the wisdom and science of mindfulness and the reality of modern parenting, which she explores with empathy, honesty, and humor. Read More >
Teaching Mindfulness to Children
How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids
Raising children is hard, even under the best of circumstances. Kids are unpredictable and inconsistent, and modern parents are stressed out and overwhelmed. The simple practice of mindfulness can make all the difference. In this engaging and entertaining talk, Dr. Naumburg explains what mindfulness is, how it can make parenting easier and more fun, and how even the busiest, most distracted parents can integrate mindfulness into their daily lives. And don’t worry, she won’t tell anyone they have to meditate for an hour every day.
Chinese lessons. Computer programming. Basketball team. Piano practice. Modern parents are bending over backwards to prepare their children for every possible future, including ones they can’t even imagine, and we’re driving ourselves crazy in the process. In this humorous and empathic talk, Dr. Naumburg gives parents the information and tools they need to stay focused on what really matters while raising strong, curious, resilient children who will be prepared for whatever comes their way--even if they never learn to speak Chinese.
According to one 8 year old boy, “mindfulness is not hitting someone in the face.” This ability to notice our feelings and not act on them is something we all want for our children and ourselves. In this practical and entertaining talk, Dr. Naumburg will teach parents what mindfulness is, how it can help their children feel less stressed, distracted, and reactive, and most importantly, how they can share it with their kids in easy and meaningful ways.
Ever lose it with your children? You're not alone. Parenting is stressful, kids are unpredictable, and you're only human. In this humorous and decidedly helpful talk, Carla shares evidence- and reality-based strategies for decreasing stress and increasing patience, even in the most challenging family moments.
“Naumburg related to, delighted in and even commiserated with the women in the room. Naumburg is funny and forthright. Parenting is a tough, messy business that brings on feelings of pure joy, crippling guilt and utter confusion – oftentimes simultaneously.”
“On behalf of the entire PTO, thank you for the talk you delivered on Thursday evening. The audience enjoyed every moment, as evidenced by their knowing laughter and rapt attention. The indispensable ingredient was you!”
“Carla is witty, entertaining, and knows her stuff. She was very well received by the large audience, at the end of a long day. She kept the talk moving with her knowledge from the field and great sense of humor.”
“Your speaking style reminds of Brene Brown!”
“I wanted to let you know that the word on the street is that people loved your talk! The PTO president said he has heard ‘rave reviews!'”
“Empowering, enlightening, practical and also funny. I left feeling infused with good energy!”