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The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents by William Martin
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“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
William Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents
“Do you have agendas for your children that are more important than the children themselves? Lost in the shuffle of uniforms, practices, games, recitals, and performances can be the creative and joyful soul of your child. Watch and listen carefully. Do they have time to daydream? From their dreams will emerge the practices and activities that will make self-discipline as natural as breathing.”
William Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents
“Don’t mistake your desire to talk for their readiness to listen. Far more important”
William Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents
“Believe this difficult truth. Showing respect in the face of disrespect, love in the face of hate, trust in the face of betrayal, and serenity in the face of turmoil, will teach your children more than all the moral lectures by all the preachers since the dawn of time.”
William Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents
“If your child fails at something merely express your confidence in their ability to handle the consequences. If they behave irresponsibly, merely point out the consequences to themselves and others, and again express your trust that they will learn. As soon as possible give them another opportunity to be appropriately responsible. Do not slip into the downward spiral of blame, shame, and control. It doesn’t work.”
William Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents
“Few things in this world are as important as raising children. In every age, every era, every time and place, children are our treasures, our future, our immortality—the vital link in the chain of humanity.”
William Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents