Be the Ping Pong (Ping Pong Parenting)

ImagePing Pong Parenting. (Be the Ping Pong)


Last night my children played ping pong with me. When one cried, I flew to the rescue.

Moments later I was sent flying to tend to the other child’s needs.

They were tireless and played with me for hours.

I have woken this morning feeling fuzzy and maybe a bit more like an old tennis ball…

But parenting is about rolling with the punches and trying to stay light. Trying to be calm even though you are angry at having your sleep stolen, trying to be wise when really you have no idea… So I’m sure I can learn from this.


I can be Ping Pong. I can be smooth…


Be like water – Bruce Lee

Be like the Ping Pong – me


Be like the Ping Pong my friend. A ping pong is hard and soft at once. It does not deflate easily.
It takes the hits from things much larger than itself again and again yet it remains well-rounded.
It is full of lightness and flies high in the face of adversity.
It floats and bounces.
When you play with the Ping Pong ball it does not tire, it can be rolled through dirt and is easily washed clean.
Be like the Ping Pong my friend – at the end of the game it is nice to hold; just as it was before.

– Katrina Ward


“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”
Bruce Lee


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