Lama Zopa Rinpoche: On Parenting

When you encounter difficulties—when your child does not listen to you, when you cannot control him, when you have a job and many things to do, and you become disappointed and parenting becomes very difficult for you—then it is good to rejoice thinking: “My life is beneficial for at least one sentient being; my limbs are beneficial for the happiness of this one sentient being.” If you can rejoice like this, there will be no difficulties in your mind or in your heart. With this positive wish to help your child, the thought of being annoyed at or exhausted by your child will not arise.

Source: Planned Parenting: How to Make Having Children Meaningful, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Lavaur, France May 2009 (Archive # 1783, Last Updated Jul 29, 2009) Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archives


One thought on “Lama Zopa Rinpoche: On Parenting

  1. You know, I am really glad you posted this. I have to continually turn my mind from the frustration that parenting sometimes causes. I have a son who is very difficult when it comes to homework. I discovered something though. When he starts throwing a fit, it really helps him if I remain calm and don’t feed that anger. I usually get him to sit with me in meditation for five minutes, then together we work on the homework and all of that tension is gone. The anger is gone all of it.

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