How to be a good parent? There is never a rule book on good parenting, no right or wrong, only how much. Just like in the movie Buddha The Middle Way, Siddhartha heard an old musician on a passing boat, speaking to his pupil: “If you tighten the string too much, it will snap, and if you leave it too slack, it won’t play.”
True to life, I’ve seen friends with very strict parents and they grew up being rebellious, and friends with no discipline at home that grew up equally rebellious. Perhaps the key to good parenting is the Middle Way, or the ancient Greeks call it Golden Mean – the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency. Not too lenient, not too strict, be their friend when they need you and set the rules as parents when needed. Artwork from the book ‘Safe Baby Handling Tips’ by Kelly and David Sopp.