Each parent is doing the best they can

An interesting thought on all of the ‘shoulds’ you get thrown at you when pregnant or raising children! This is why I hope that you can all match what your life circumstances bring when I make suggestions on here…… What do you all think?
Thanks Buddhist Boot Camp
Clyde is a single father of two. When his wife died of diabetes last year, he vowed to take better care of the family’s health by doing three new things on a regular basis: exercising, eating more fruits and vegetables, and never getting fast food ever again. Tonight, with only $20 to spend on dinner, he will make them mashed potatoes, grilled chicken, and steamed broccoli florets. Even though he wants to buy everything organic, he simply can’t afford to do so right now, so he’s doing the best he can to avoid processed foods, soda, and everything that has high fructose corn syrup in it.

A woman named Laura is standing behind Clyde at the grocery store. Her life is completely different than his, so her shopping cart is filled with organic and seasonal produce that she can easily afford to buy without hesitation. Although she’s a strict vegetarian herself, and a big supporter of local farmers, she can’t really be upset with Clyde for buying non-organic food or for eating meat. Organic is better than conventional, that’s true, but conventional is certainly better than fast food. According to his time, place and circumstance, Clyde is actually doing the right thing. In-fact, they both are.

Never judge anyone for the choices that they make, and always remember that the opposite of what you know is also true. Other people’s perspective on reality is as valid as your own, so no matter how certain you are that you’re doing the “right thing”, you must humbly accept the possibility that someone who does the exact opposite from you might actually be doing the “right thing” as well.

Everything is subject to time, place and circumstance. There are no “shoulds” in compassionate thinking!

The above excerpt from Buddhist Boot Camp is a chapter called “Doing the ‘right’ thing”. Feel free to share it with others. Namaste.

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About heidelightful

Hello friend! I am a paediatric speech pathologist and health coach. My vision is to create a world where parents can understand the real link between diet and their child's health and behaviour, and know how to create true health for their family. My two young, wonderful and sensitive sons both have food intolerances and have also taught me about my own, that I have never known about until now! Topics I have looked into for my own family's health and also from my role as a speech pathologist with children with picky eating are food intolerances, fussy eaters, creating healthy eaters and eating to prevent and ‘cure’ childhood issues such as ADHD, autism, eczema/skin issues, trouble sleeping, low immunity, frequent snot/ear infections and bedwetting, to name a few. I write many posts coming from being an exhausted mum trying to keep up with fussy boys who can only eat certain foods and also as a professional who has worked with other children with similar issues. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my husband and two boys and was previously an exchange student in Brazil! I hope to inspire you to help your child achieve their potential through health and well-being. Thanks for stopping by :) Heidi

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