Parenting Manifesto

June 19, 2010

The true history of all society is the history of parenting.

Parents have always seemed to be in charge, but every generation has faced a revolution of children growing up and taking charge—only to be usurped by the next generation.

To end the entrenched strife of anxious children and unhappy parents, caregivers must see that they are as much child as parent—and that parenting (i.e. caring for others and the world) is enlightened Self-interest that sets us free via an expanded consciousness.

Thus a parenting attitude brings feelings of harmony, community and more widespread stability and well-being.

In order to liberate parenting from the yoke of experts and materialist exploitation of insecurity about the most important job any of us ever do, and which we so deeply yearn to get right, caregivers must unite in a common consciousness that sees all children as all of our collective children.

We must take judgment of other parents out of our hearts and instead leap into the possibility that all parents love their children.

Those who fail to manifest that love with consistent and compassionate parenting are themselves in need of love and support in order to heal, and to in turn compensate for their limitations so that their children will not be wounded and/or continue cycles of hurt and abuse.

Good parenting is not about knowing what to do (instincts guide us on that); rather it’s about finding the patience, courage, resilience and compassion to be our best Selves… consistently.  Thus the kindest thing we can do if we want to support children everywhere is to support each other as parents to be our best Selves in all that we do.

It is cool to be kind.

People who feel good about themselves are generally kind.

All kids are all our children.

Relationship is everything.

The metaphoric bowl of Self is parenting’s primary tool.

Parenting, if engaged mindfully, is a path to happiness.

Parenting is also a potential path to whatever we might call spiritual enlightenment.

Parenting is a common language that unites people across all cultures, socio-economic levels and religious faiths—a potential unifying factor to trump all other differences (a parenting attitude even aligns us with earth and all its creatures).

Parenting teaches us how to love another beyond our self.

In this way parenting expands our consciousness, our sense of identity and offers a perspective in which our very identity might widen to become one with the world, freeing us of the burdens of the ego with its unending fears and desires and tumbling us into the sublime and ever-present eternal moment (so often spoken of and so rarely lived).

Parenting is a “micro” phenomenon through which great change is possible.

Parenting, as an attitude, is a viable way to change individual and world consciousness and thus benefit each of us and all our collective children.

Namaste, Bruce