Welcome to the online press kit for Michelle Gale
Mindful Parenting in a Messy World
Author and Mindful Parenting Educator Michelle Gale shows parents how to find ease in the midst of family mayhem
Being a parent is difficult, stressful and messy: getting kids to bed at night and off to school in the morning, breaking up sibling fights, struggling to balance work and family, constantly cleaning up stuff left behind by family members and pets. And then there are those messy feelings: unappreciated, misunderstood, guilty and inadequate, sure that other parents must be doing it better.
Mindful Parenting Educator Michelle Gale has been there. Working at Twitter and other high-tech start-ups while raising two sons, she felt all these emotions. Then she found an answer that parents often miss in the mayhem: being present in each moment.
That simple shift – learning to embrace life in the moment, especially when it is messy, is at the heart of Michelle’s book, “Mindful Parenting In A Messy World – Living With Presence And Parenting With Purpose.”
“Mindful Parenting in a Messy World” is a guidebook that teaches busy, stressed out parents how to become more present with themselves and with their children. Through Michelle's engaging and often funny personal stories, parents discover practical ways to:
– Meet conflict with compassion and curiosity
– Recognize family as a catalyst for personal growth
– React less and connect more
– Grow their capacity for self-awareness, humor and love
– Find ease in the midst of family mayhem
Michelle is on a mission to help parents stay connected to themselves and their families, even as the demands and complexities of life are accelerated. A highly sought speaker for corporations, schools and communities, she specializes in helping parents break habits that aren’t helping their families, and find greater compassion, forgiveness and presence through mindfulness.
Unlike many parenting experts, Michelle focuses on helping parents be happier rather than “fixing” kids.
“A lot of parents don’t feel permission to have a life outside of the family, and I think it’s a huge mistake,” she says.
Parents who take time to care for themselves are better able to care for their children, and model lessons kids need to learn for their own happiness through life. Michelle calls this approach “sowing the seeds of transformation in our kids.”
Michelle’s philosophy is summarized by the words of Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist ThíchNhất Hạnh: “When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence.”
“How can you love if you’re not there?” Michelle asks. “I’m always coming back to presence and mindfulness, and this moment. What is this moment telling you if you stop and pause and check in with your body and your heart and your mind?”
A certified mindfulness meditation teacher, Michelle notes that mindfulness “does not mean that you are calm all the time,” and meditation is not about escaping or suppressing tumultuous thoughts. Rather, the key is to practice “compassionate, non-judgmental awareness of our inner and outer moment-to-moment experience.”
“The goal of meditation is not to stop thoughts,” she says. “Thinking is part of being human and we should not beat ourselves up or call ourselves bad meditators because we can’t stop thinking. In fact, when we sit in meditation and notice our mind has wandered, this is exactly why we practice. This means we are doing it right!”
“For me, one of my favorite outcomes of practice is to not take my stressful thoughts so seriously,” she adds. “I certainly still have them; they just don’t run the show.”
A mindfulness educator, corporate trainer, executive coach and podcast host, Michelle holds a master’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in child development. Formerly the head of learning and leadership development at Twitter, she now works in schools, communities and corporations, teaching parents to free themselves from stress by embracing the messiness of life.
“It was clear to me that so much of my suffering as a parent came from the stress and anxiety of worrying that I might be screwing up my kids, and that I’m not a good parent,” she recalls. “I was also a professional at wanting things to be different when they didn’t go my way. What I’ve learned over the years is that it is precisely when things don’t go my way that I have the most lessons to learn.”
For more information, please visit www.michellegale.com.