Parenting, Tibetan Style…

  • Start with the spirit– Young children learn to prostrate themselves, hold their hands in prayer, and make offerings of candles, butter lamps, and incense, even before language occurs.
  • Practice Harmony– Children are encouraged to be harmonious first and foremost. Tibetan parents praise the act of giving and creating peace among siblings. Other nationalities often focus upon who’s “right” and “wrong” creating a sense of “justice” versus “harmony”. Tibetan children also learn about the continuity and preciousness of all life. Parents teach children to honor each insect, [each being],  Its common occurrence to see a three-year old in a class room “needing to leave” to bring a bug to safety outside and away from stomping feet.
  • Make everything meaningful- Mindfully parenting and honoring each step of a child’s development is the Tibetan way. Its thought that the more you celebrate milestones (first step, smile, mantra recitation, first doll made, first game played) the more a child is connected to his “beginner’s mind” or mind of purity. It is thought that joyful impressions upon a child’s mind calms his or her mental state, thus creating a safe, psychic space.
From Parenting, Tibetan Style by Maureen Heally – of Spirituality & Health

2 Responses to “Parenting, Tibetan Style…”

  1. May 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    How interesting!

    Make everything meaningful – that is the best one.

    • 2 INAL
      May 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm

      Yes isn’t it? The one many don’t think about- giving meaning to everything and doing everything in a mindful way that puts you present in what you say or do.

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