Children within a Buddhist family
Children’s place within the family. To a Buddhist if either spouse has children they bring into the relationship, those children should be treated the same as any biological children born into the relationship. Also as a step parent it is even more important to support the biological parent in the area of proper discipline. This does not mean you can’t disagree privately, but as long as the child is well treated, not abused, then respect the biological parent’s decisions and like children born into the relationship, present a united front on matters. Children will attempt to get one parent to ease or eliminate a punishment the other has given out. The first time they try this explain that this is not proper behavior, but don’t punish them, they are naturally testing their boundaries. Children do best when they have rules that provide guidance, necessary restraints, and when needed appropriate penalties for wrong actions.