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July 2013


Raising Peaceful Children - Plan of Action (continued)

                   Wednesday's Plan of Action is below. 

Before I write my usual blog I must share my process with you...and the parallels I see between writing these blogs.  

Yesterday, I had actually begun my blog for today and was writing it as a continuation of the document I had used for yesterday's blog. After a couple of hours, I realized that I was using the wrong document.


Raising Peaceful Children:  Plan of Action

During the process of writing my blog this months, I’ve shared with you many general ideas about raising peaceful children .  Hopefully you’ve been able to put some of these ideas into practice and are having good results.  However, while basic principles provide a good place to start, I always like a Plan of Action.  And that is what the blog will be about the next few days.



Why did I title my blog, Raising Peaceful Children?

For 28 days now, I’ve been writing a daily blog on Raising Peaceful Children. When I received Lesa Townsend’s newsletter about the 31 DAY BLOG CHALLENGE, I thought I would write on the key topic of my work's focus, namely Listening to Children.  Since this has been the focus of my work for many years I knew I could use all of my past experiences as a basis for writing on the subject.  Without hesitation I decided to jump in and sent Lesa  “Listening to Children” as the title of the blog that I would write each day during the month of July.

Finding PEACE in nature


When my children were young, 12, 6 and 3 years of age and I was a single Mom, we lived very near a mountain, perhaps it was just a "hill", but it made for great climbing.  

I enjoyed the trek up to the top.  At the top of the mountain, I'd look down down on the city.  The view was breath-taking.  It was just such a peaceful place to be.  I found  a wonderful place to sit and would do so, pondering life. Being in nature, brought a peacefulness to my soul.

Sign of Living in PEACE

Signs of Living in PEACE

As I was reviewing the various subjects I’ve written about during this month on the subject ofRaising Peaceful Children, I thought of writing about the signs of PEACE; about how to judge how much peace there is, or isn't, in our daily life and in that of our children.

Following are signs that I feel are found int the lives of both adults and children as they find their center of PEACE.  The more peace there is within, the more these qualities will appear in individuals:

PEACE PLEDGE from Kids for Peace


from Kids for Peace

Some weeks ago when I was searching on the internet for sites on PEACE, I came across a wonderful site all about

The site is all about Uplifting Our World through LOVE and ACTION.

Today I spoke with Jill McManigal who began the project 7 years ago.  I requested permission to share the Kids for Peace, PEACE PLEDGE, which is on her site.

While speaking with her she told me that her organization has been asked to share their PEACE PLEDGE at the United Nations in September of this year, in celebration of PEACE DAY on September 21.

Principles To Live By / RE: CHILDREN Part II

Yesterday I wrote about the Principles to Live By as thy apply to adults.  Today's blog will have the same general focus, however I'll talk about the role they play in a child's life.

Some years ago, as the result of my work with children, it came to me that if a child is going to thrive, to live fully, to be able to develop his/her gifts, there are certain needs and preferences the child needs in order to do that.  
Following is what I’ve come to understand ....


Principles to Live By / RE: ADULTS Part I

As I was looking through my old newspaper articles, from the Sonoma County Gazette in Forestville, California aboutListening 2 Children,for ideas for the blog, I came across  a list of Principles to Live By.  As I read through them, I realized their importance for both children and adults.  Today I will cover various aspects of how such principles play a role in the life of an adult; tomorrow I will do the same with respect to children.

As I revise this list now, and as I ponder it, I think that each person could come up with their own unique list; a list that one may want to add to over a period of time.

DAY 22 Birds and Kids... what do they have in common?

Today, July 21st, I sit here at my computer, looking out the window on the backyard where the birds of every kind are enjoying their gnoshing.  Finches, sparrows, titmice are at the bird feeder hanging from the apple tree.   On the ground, underneath the feeder, the wrens are searching for their favorite insects. A very peaceful experience for all.

Twenty feet away at the hummingbird feeder hanging from the patio is the hot and fiery battle of the hummingbirds going on. This battle continues daily as the Alpha male we've named Bobby, chases all the others off as they come in for their fair share of the food.

Happy and Peaceful Kids


Pictures are so powerful.  Today, my blog will honor the innate goodness and happiness of children, with images of HAPPY AND PEACEFUL CHILDREN! Each will have a quote for your consideration also. 

Hop you Enjoy,


We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget
that he is someone today.

~ Stacia Tauscher

Children make your life important.

~ Erma Bombeck

If you want to be happy, be.

~Leo Tolstoy

It is a happy talent to know how to play.
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