As Buddhist parents, we have a special and very important responsibility to ensure that our children not only receive a good worldly education but are also educated to be good-hearted human beings. In this book, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how we can teach our children the good qualities and behavior that are essential for achieving every type of happiness, both short- and long-term.
source: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archives
As a parent, you can make yourself happy by thinking:
How wonderful that my life can be beneficial for even one sentient being.
How wonderful that I can take care of even one sentient being.
How wonderful that my limbs can be useful for looking after and bringing happiness to even one sentient being.
Especially when you encounter difficulties— when your children do not listen to you, when you cannot control them and when you feel disappointed with them—it is good to rejoice in these ways. If you can do this, there will be no difficulties in your heart. With a sincere wish to help your children, you won’t have that annoyed and exhausted mind that wishes to Raising children with BODHICITTA 19 give them up. Motivated by bodhicitta, you will be able to rejoice in having the opportunity to help them.