I thought it might be worthwhile pulling together a few resources for the 21st century parent looking to use Buddhism to help them cope with the pressures of life, parenthood and so on.
A Constitution for Living by P.A. Payutto
http://www.budsir.org/Conlive.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
which pulls together extracts from suttas that give suggestions on how various roles within society would be well filled.
Secondly, a sutta with some good advice on keeping the family together...
AN 4.32 - Sangaha Sutta
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
- "There are these four grounds for the bonds of fellowship. Which four? Generosity, kind words, beneficial help, consistency. These are the four grounds for the bonds of fellowship."
Generosity, kind words, beneficial help,
& consistency in the face of events,
in line with what's appropriate
in each case, each case.
These bonds of fellowship [function] in the world
like the linchpin in a moving cart.
Now, if these bonds of fellowship were lacking,
a mother would not receive
the honor & respect owed by her child,
nor would a father receive
what his child owes him.
But because the wise show regard
for these bonds of fellowship,
they achieve greatness
and are praised.
A Happy Married Life (A Buddhist Perspective)
by Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... riage.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
And if you want to read more, perhaps try the following books from Sarah Napthali (I've read the first and it's pretty good)...
Buddhism For Mothers - http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.as ... 1741140101" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Buddhism For Mothers With Lingering Questions -
http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.as ... 1741149074" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
All of the Buddha's teachings, regardless of who they're directed at, are all about the alleviation and cessation of suffering. So whilst only a small percentage might be specifically focused on the challenges facing parents, the Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path has been helping householders improve their lives for centuries.
What are your experiences as a Buddhist parent?
What Buddhist practices would you recommend for a parent new to Buddhism?