The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents by William Martin was, without a doubt my favorite “new parent” gift. It offers compassionate, practical parenting advice like this gem:
If you want your children to succeed,
show them how to fail.
If you want them to be happy,
show them how to be sad.
If you want them to be healthy,
show them how to be sick.
If you want them to have much,
show them how to enjoy little.
Parents who hide failure, deny loss,
and berate themselves for weakness,
have nothing to teach their children.
But parents who reveal themselves,
in all of their humanness,
For children look to these parents
and learn to love themselves.
This book captures the essence of what it’s like to raise a child in the 21st century.
Happy New Year!