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”

Do what needs to be done

I am a parent of 3 young boys, I need to  work to earn a living, and I above all am committed to nondual self knowledge. Sometimes all I really want to do is run off to an ashram and meditate or study scripture.

However, I know my svadharma as a parent requires me to do what needs to be done, without attachment to results, to attain the highest good.  This means being available as a parent in a way that my sons need me, while at the same time adhering to my spiritual needs and earning a reasonable living.  It’s not an either or scenario.

I can't be the best parent I need to be if I negate my spiritual self.

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The Rights of Parents

In the first few weeks of the school year, teachers often roll out the ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ teaching – wherein the class together explores and agrees the rights of all the people in the class, as well as the responsibilities that go along with that.  A similar concept exists for parents – there are rights and responsibilities that go along with having a child. Continue reading “The Rights of Parents”