Book Outline

Buddha Heart Parenting

                        Enrich your family using Buddhist wisdom and compassion

Section 1  Why Buddha Heart Parenting?

In this section I outline why Buddha Heart Parenting is the most effective and appropriate parenting approach to use.  There are explanations of why parents need Buddhism and why Buddhists need parenting.  This provides the background for why I have integrated Buddhist philosophy with contemporary psychology.

Chapter 1 The opportunity presented to parents
Chapter 2 Why parents need Buddhism and why Buddhists need parenting

Section 2  Understanding behaviour

From the background understanding of why Buddha Heart Parenting is the most appropriate parenting approach to use, I move on to give an explanation of why we parent how we do and why children behave how they do.  This helps us to understand how the different parenting styles affect children, and how children’s behaviour is an expression of their needs, either met or unmet.

Chapter 3 Why do we parent how we do?
Chapter 4 Why do children behave how they do?

Section 3 Building a strong base for Buddha Heart Parenting

Here I provide the foundation of Buddha Heart Parenting.  In essence I briefly outline what it is to be an engaged Buddhist following the Eightfold path.  I discuss key Buddhist concepts as they apply to our role as parents, and show how we can eliminate mental afflictions and gain inner peace.

Chapter 5 Foundation for Buddha Heart Parenting
Chapter 6 Our delusional way of operating and how to change

Section 4 Parenting Approaches – What works, what doesn’t

In this section I discuss the flaws in some of the popular modern parenting approaches and how some can actually cause more inappropriate behaviour.

Chapter 7  Behaviour Management and Change approaches

Section 5  Compassionate Communication – The skilful way to communicate

These three chapters cover compassionate communication skills and techniques.  They provide an understanding of why this is the most appropriate way to communicate with our child and then shows how to do it.  Compassionate communication creates a deep connection with our child.

Chapter 8 Compassionate Communication – What is it?
Chapter 9 Compassionate Communication.  Identifying and expressing needs and feelings.
Chapter 10 Problem Identification & Solution-Focussed Approach

Section 6  Encouraging Self-discipline

This section provides us with skills and knowledge on how to help our children to develop self-discipline.  It also provides us with skills to guide our child to behave appropriately.

Chapter 11 Supporting self-discipline and using Respectful Guidance
Chapter 12  Effect-Management

Section 7 Supporting self-realisation for our child and ourself

This final section presents more skills and strategies that create self-empowered, resilient children and capable decision makers, and how to develop connected relationships with our children.  The final chapter in this section helps to set realistic goals for ourselves and reminds us to have compassion for ourselves as well as for others.

Chapter 13 How to create self-empowered children & capable decision makers
Chapter 14 Building resilient children & connected relationships with our children
Chapter 15 Have compassion for yourself