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Dr. Carla   Naumburg

Dr. Carla Naumburg

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 >

Carla is the author of three books on parenting; her newest book, How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids, offers parents a humorous and helpful approach to staying calm in difficult moments. Her first book, Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters, explores how to connect with children in meaningful ways, how to stay grounded amidst the craziness of parenting, and how to stay present for whatever life throws your way. Carla’s second book, Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family, offers real solutions to help parents and children deal with stress using everyday mindfulness games, activities, rituals, and habits.

Carla’s books were described by one reader as “a breath of fresh air, no pun intended. I find most parenting books preachy and judgmental, laden with overwhelming details about the "right" way to parent. But Naumburg writes in a compassionate, empathic voice that makes me feel understood.”

Carla’s writing has also appeared The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, PsychCentral.com, and Mindful Magazine, among other places.

A participant at one of her talks noted that, “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.”

Carla enjoys connecting with audiences in a wide range of venues, from book talks at Google and national conferences to mindful parenting weekend retreats and more intimate community-based discussions. Carla is frequently contacted as an expert source for articles, podcasts, and virtual summits on mindfulness, parenting, and not losing your sh*t with your kids.

Carla holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Middlebury College in Vermont, a master’s degree in social work from Smith College, and a PhD in social work from Simmons College in Boston. Carla grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Bay Area of California, and she currently lives outside of Boston with her husband and two young daughters. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Mindful Parenting

Teaching Mindfulness to Children

How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids

Speech Topics

Mindfulness: How to Keep Calm & Parent On (One Breath at a Time)

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.

Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters

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.

Ready, Set, Breathe: Teaching Mindfulness to Your School-Aged Children

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.

How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids

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.