Children learn more from what we do than from what we say. If we want our children to be happy and fulfilled, we must model that; we must be happy, fulfilled adults. Choose anything–light-hearted, generous, industrious, expressive–be that way yourself, and that is what your children will learn about how adults are.
How can we, as parents, be who we want our children to become? We are often not happy, not fulfilled, not in touch with our deepest selves. This book presents a practice of compassionate acceptance for who and how we are in any moment. It is a book about being kind to ourselves and extending that kindness to others. Even when we are not ideal parents, if we model openness and acceptance for how we are in every moment, the children around us will learn openness and acceptance for themselves, and that is a wonderful gift.
“Time-Out for Parents focuses on the simple aspect of parenting that inevitably creates the most change–empowering the parent to change in order to affect positive self-esteem in both the parent and the child.” ~Jack Kornfield, Buddhist teacher and author of A Path with Heart
Cheri Huber has been a student and teacher of Zen awareness practice for over 30 years. She founded the Zen Monastery Peace Center in Murphys, CA and Living Compassion, a non-profit dedicated to peace and service. She has a weekly radio show, Open Air on talkshoe.com and maintains Cheri Huber’s Practice Blog.