The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

The Parent s Tao Te Ching Ancient Advice for Modern Parents William C Martin has freshly reinterpreted the Tao Te Ching to speak directly and clearly to the most difficult of modern tasks parenting With its combination of free verse and judicious advice The P

  • Title: The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents
  • Author: WilliamMartin Hank Tusinski Dan Millman
  • ISBN: 9781569246627
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
  • William C Martin has freshly reinterpreted the Tao Te Ching to speak directly and clearly to the most difficult of modern tasks parenting With its combination of free verse and judicious advice, The Parent s Tao Te Ching addresses the great themes that permeate the Tao and that support loving parent child relationships responding without judgment, emulating naturalWilliam C Martin has freshly reinterpreted the Tao Te Ching to speak directly and clearly to the most difficult of modern tasks parenting With its combination of free verse and judicious advice, The Parent s Tao Te Ching addresses the great themes that permeate the Tao and that support loving parent child relationships responding without judgment, emulating natural processes, and balancing between doing and being.

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    1. As a general rule, I avoid books on parenting. I stocked up my shelves with (and actually read) various parenting books before my oldest son was born, but later found that they did little but take up valuable shelf space. That said, this is the only book on parenting that I will wholeheartedly recommend to any parent, new or old. There are no specifics here - you will not learn how to discipline or how to become your child's confidante or any such thing. You are instead given a broader perspecti [...]

    2. Perhaps my favorite book on parenting to date! Fave quote: Do not ask your childrento strive for extraordinary lives.Such striving may seem admirable,but it is the way of foolishness.Help them instead to find the wonderand the marvel of an ordinary life.Show them the joy of tastingtomatoes, apples and pears.Show them how to crywhen pets and people die.Show them the infinite pleasurein the touch of a hand.And make the ordinary come alive for them.The extraordinary will take care of itself.

    3. พ่อแม่เต้าเต้อจิง เป็นหนังสือทั้งเล็กทั้งบาง แต่อ่านไม่ง่ายเลย เวลาที่ใช้อ่านก็มากมายอย่างไม่น่าเชื่อ อ่านยากกว่า 'คู่รักเต้าเต๋อจิง' ไปหลายเท่า มีหลายบทเหมือนกันที่เราอ่าน [...]

    4. This book has helped me along the way. Whenever I feel overwhelming pressure to parent in accordance with the traditional christian, american values i pick up this book to remind me that one of the oldest cultures on this planet had a very different mentality, as do I.

    5. This was enjoyable to read, as poetry. As for it being solid parenting advice, it's more pleasantly worded, New Age aphorisms. I did take a few reminders from it, namely to not invest my own identity in my kids, and to let my life teach more than my words. The parenting style the writer advocates is extremely hands off: no correcting, no disciplining, no consequences except those children create on their own. It sounds very peaceful and utopian, but not always practical. The spirituality the bo [...]

    6. My favorite parenting book. It still gives me peace to read it and it's my favorite shower gift for new moms.

    7. Parenting is one of the most difficult and responsible tasks on this earth. It is getting more and more challenging in this overwhelming and fast-speed world where kids are used to getting immediate replies with pressing one button and where patience needs to be practiced. Modern technology is great, yet at the same time parents should try to ensure that their kids dont become overdependant on it, and still would know how to play without computer games and smart phones, and to become creative an [...]

    8. I don't think I'll ever be truly finished with this one. I keep it close and pull it out whenever I'm in need.

    9. Absolutely beautiful. Words of peace and wisdom to help keep any parent on track. I borrowed this copy from the library but I want to have one always nearby to remind me of what is really important as a parent and a human being. A must-read for all parents. I loved every word and will revisit them often.

    10. I have never been much for philosophical books. But the simplicity of this one was refreshing. It's not just about parenting, it's about life.

    11. This is a book I turn to when I need a reminder of how to guide my kids through life. I think it is a must for any parent.

    12. Excellent words of wisdom that I revisited this month. Perfect to keep in your purse, car, briefcase and pull out when you have a few minutes to read and think. I guarantee 5 minutes with this book will be more uplifting than 5 minutes of social media.We live in a world where "parenting" has become a verb, with parents attempting to out-do one another to give their chid(ren) any possible advantage. Martin does a wonderful job of applying Taoism to the crazy world of American parenting, where the [...]

    13. I hesitate to even mark this as "read" because it's a book I'll continue to reread for years to come. The perspective of the Tao on parenting is beautiful. William Martin makes the material approachable and inspirational by dividing each lesson into poetic prose. I couldn't help but imagine myself and my child in each page, and I will use this book as a reminder to be fully present in each day. A necessary break from the typically parenting guidebook, the Parent's Tao Te Ching goes beyond tips a [...]

    14. Excellent book to reflect on as a parent of two young boys. Worth remembering that despite our modern day obsession with parenting for success, that raising young people to be independent of us, who care, love and want to contribute to society is as much a measure of success as any level of monetary wealth or fame they may achieve.

    15. I just loved this book. A great reminder of what’s important in life. Shares our role as parents for our children to live out their purpose in life. Will reread again and again. Just loved it! 💕

    16. A good read, thought provoking and relaxing, but verbose and repetitive. It could have been just as effective by cutting out about 25% of the repeating verbiage and themes.

    17. I have always enjoyed reading various editions of "The Tao Te Ching." I find the words calming and stimulating at the same time. Calming in the peaceful nature of the lessons. Stimulating in that the passages cause me to reflect on my own life and actions and how they relate to the world around me. When I saw "The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents" by William Martin, I was intrigued. As a parent now, I was interested, where before becoming a father, this edition wouldn't h [...]

    18. 5/5One of the best parenting books I have ever read. It's in verse form, simple and concise. A soul lifting read. It goes well with Magda Gerber's RIE principles. It actually enhances the experience of parenting and soothes the ruffled edges. I love those books which answers what I am/have been struggling with and if I say this one has all the answers I have been seeking, it wouldn't be an exaggeration! I am going to read it often, to retrospect and meditate. The book itself is written in such a [...]

    19. I read this book on breaks at work, while away from home and feeling slightly clearer. What a treasure it has become to me, giving me the most simple and appropriate reminders during such a challenging time. Raising a 3-year-old and a little baby has been the most difficult project of my life thus far. This book grounded me and helped me look more critically at my frustrations, my feelings, and my actions. Above all things, I came away from this book with a sense of lightness and peacefulness. I [...]

    20. Favorite parenting book so far. I found myself meditating on a chapter for weeks at a time. Piaget would approve. It is very congruent with Piagetian ideas of child development.Some favorite parts:“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 wi [...]

    21. I enjoyed this parenting book. Rather than being a translation of the Tao Te Ching, it is more like the author's interpretation of how a Taoist should parent their children. The author is not in favor of religion per se, and while this does not fit my personal outlook, I did enjoy many of the ideas he shared. Here is a selection from Chapter 8, Model Contentment:To be a wise parent you must become like water. It is content to nourish all it touches without discrimination. While people struggle t [...]

    22. I would never want this to be the only parenting book someone owns (it's a little too laissez-faire) but these little meditations contain helpful wisdom and food for thought. The general idea is that we should focus our attention on modeling rather than lecturing, on gently guiding rather than controlling. Now that my children are grown, I can see times where this advice worked well (or would have!) Very helpful reminders that we should not try to live through our children. I especially liked th [...]

    23. I started a review that was pretty comprehensive but it got deleted when I had to pause for lunch. Let me just say this, there are moments of wisdom and there is complete and utter bullshit. It reminds me of a study where people were unable to tell the difference between real wise sayings and completely made up garbage because certain words in a certain cadence appeal to us even if they actually make no sense. If you're willing to mine for the brilliance it will move you. It does get two stars f [...]

    24. William Martin has crafted an inspiring little book of wisdom for parents based upon and reflective of the Tao Te Ching attributed to the Chinese sage Lao Tzu some 2,500 years ago. The book is divided into 81 “chapters,” with each chapter (many just a single page) reading like a short poem in two parts: First an observation, then an instruction. Topics range from “Relax Your Grip” and “No Need for Threats” to “Be a Model of Honesty” and “Each Day is a Dance.” The text is simp [...]

    25. This is the best parenting book I've ever read. I wanted to highlight half the book. While there are a couple passages I don't agree with (mostly dealing with religion), I really enjoyed reading the book. It is organized into short passages which makes it easy to pick up the book and read a bit even if you only have a minute. It has such a supportive, inspiring tone that made me want to be better without making me feel worse (which is also how the book recommends you deal with your children, of [...]

    26. You know how every parent eventually says "wouldn't it be nice if this child had come with a manual?" Well this book is the best "parenting manual" I have ever opened. I first read it when I had a couple of little kids and a baby. It soon rested on my scriptures and was opened more often. Now that my kids are turning into teenagers I figured it was time to dust it off and revisit it's simple wisdom. It combines ancient wisdom from the tao te ching and is written in a simple modern-day format tha [...]

    27. I found this book at a time my life needed direction, and I was searching for answers. What I found was an interpretation of very old wisdom, an adaptation directed to parents living in a world in which it can be difficult to raise children.I found myself moved to tears as I turned the pages, knowing I should stop and take it in slowly, but unable to. I only wish I had this book to guide me within the first year or so I became a parent.

    28. This book has a very special place in my heart. I've read it many times and will continue to read it many more. It has given me a peace of mind when it comes to being a first time mom that I haven't been able to find in many other places. It is the only parenting book that I would suggest to parents- new and old. The teachings of the Tao are a way of life, and one that my husband and I strive to live for our family. (Its the perfect gift for first time momma's and daddy's!)

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