What is God?

Helping children to understand the concept of ‘God’ in nonduality terms can be challenging.  It’s pretty easy to think of God as a large Man in the sky to whom you pray. That’s the prevailing western ‘knowledge’.  Correcting this notion is the bedrock of nonduality. Continue reading “What is God?”

Make homework ‘special time’

Instead of viewing homework as a necessary evil, try changing your mindset and view it as a special time with your child.  Find a quiet space (we do homework in their rooms) and let the other children know that they are not to disturb you – they are likely to oblige as they will want their own undisturbed parent time too. Continue reading “Make homework ‘special time’”

Parenting my Parent

One of the more challenging relationships we have is when we are adults ourselves, and we have elderly parents who need to be parented.  Using the scripture we are taught that one of our responsibilities is to honour our parents and ancestors, while at the same time the fulfill our responsibility to our children.  When these two require very different strategies we are pulled into impossible situations. Continue reading “Parenting my Parent”

Parenting – the Ultimate Endurance Test

When I decided to have a child, never did I realize the extent of my Parental Responsibility and how many times it would push me to the limits of my endurance.  And just when you think you’ve crossed the finish line and your child has ‘grown up’ that’s when you hit the next phase and realize you’re never done.   Continue reading “Parenting – the Ultimate Endurance Test”

Children must contribute

I’m often startled by how minimal our expectations are on children to give back and to make a contribution to the family.  In many families it’s just accepted that children are on the receiving end of parental effort, with very little expectation of the child’s effort in return. Continue reading “Children must contribute”