Parenting Book Review

October 20, 2016 | Wee Wild Ones 

"The Parents Tao Te Ching, a new interpretation."
 
Ancient advice for modern parents. This is an excellent and unique parenting manual of sorts, that uses Taoist wisdom as the basis of spiritual parenting practices.
 
It's difficult to choose one of the passages in this book, they are all so inspirational. Some days one will speak to you more than the other. I recommend reading one a day and trying to remember it throughout the day. Being more mindful as a parent isn't easy, but these reminders helps all of us. This is one of those books that is good to leave out and pick up when you need to reminded of why we do all we do as parents. This would make a great gift for a friend who is in the thick of the struggles of parenthood. 

Happiness Is Contagious
 
"If you always compare your children's abilities
to those of great athletes, entertainers, and
celebrities, 
they will lose their own power. 
If you urge them to acquire and achieve, 
they will learn to cheat and steal
to meet your expectations. 
Encourage you children's deepest joys, 
not their superficial desires. 
Praise their patience, 
not their ambition. 
Do not value the distractions and diversions
that masquerade as success. 
They will learn to hear their own voice
instead of the noise of the crowd. 
 
If you teach them to achieve
they will never be content. 
If you teach them contentment, 
they will naturally achieve everything. 
 
We all want our children to be happy. 
Somehow, some way today
show them something that makes you happy, 
something you truly enjoy. 
Your own happiness is contagious. 
They learn the art from you."