Tao Te Ching - Chapter 10
Can you coax your mind from its wandering and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become supple as a newborn child’s?
Can you cleanse your inner vision until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from you own mind and thus understand all things?
Giving birth and nourishing, having without possessing, acting with no expectations, leading and not trying to control: this is the supreme virtue.
- Stephen Mitchell's translation from Tao Te Ching (The book of the way)
Tao inspired parenting
Can you stay away from your mind that keeps separating things with ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, instead be one with your child understanding her every moment.
Best way to understand your child is to be in the flow like her.
To clear your vision and see the truth you should drop what you know.
Love your child without imposing her to follow your words.
It doesn’t matter what you think is essential. Allow the child to make her decisions and then let her face the consequences that follow.
Only when you stop judging your child, you will truly understand her.
To experience the virtue of parenting: give birth to the child and nurture her without feeling that you own her, give her your unconditional love, be a role model to inspire her and not to force and control her. (There is a beautiful poem from Kahlil Gibran on this theme)