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
KIDS FOR PEACE. www.kidsforpeaceglobal.org
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. For more information on the UN's activities relative to PEACE DAY you might want to check out the following web address. http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday It’s so gratifying to see groups like Jill's working toward peace and encouraging the young to make peace part of their lives.
Here is the Kids for Peace, Peace Pledge.
I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way.
I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day.
I pledge to care for our earth with my healing heart and hands.
I pledge to respect people in each and every land.
I pledge to join together as we unite the big and small.
I pledge to do my part to create PEACE for one and all.
It seems to me that if each of us took this pledge with our children there would be more peace not only in our home but also in the larger world in which we live.
Years ago I had a little book by Karl Menninger that touched my life deeply. Menninger was an American psychiatrist and a member of the Menninger family of psychiatrists who founded the Menninger Foundation and the Menninger Clinic. The idea was that everyone should have someone BIGGER than their own life to support, something that was important to them and someplace where they could do some “good”. As I recall, he classified the Girl and Boy Scouts as such an activity. Menninger felt that by having a focus outside of one’s self, particularly an altruistic project, was excellent for one’s mental health and wellness.
Even children can, when properly engaged, find such a place to do “good” on the planet.
When children are shown the needs of others, their hearts go out to them and they easily want to help. PEACE is one such area. As I mentioned in an earlier blog in this series for many years I have been a piano teacher. For several years, I would hold my piano recitals in a Retirement Home. This allowed the children to be introduced to elders while in return the elders could enjoy the children. It was a great experience for all.
If you are looking for PEACE related activities for yourself or your children you might enjoy visiting www.Kidsforpeaceglobal.org or some other similar site for ideas. Below are several suggestions:
• Charities such as the Heifer Project are excellent for children. They gift livestock to needy families. www.heifer.org
• Educators for Social Responsibility can support your school to establish or strengthen their program around peace education or conflict-resolution. www.esrnational.org
• www.nationalpeace.org has wonderful ideas on how to create “peace places” in schools, where students can go to negotiate and mediate conflicts and resolve disputes nonviolently.
• www.worldpeace.org This site encourages children and communities to plant a peace pol or host a ceremony of flags from countries around the world.
The internet offers a wide range of opportunities for children and adults to work toward peace in both their local community and in the greater world outside. If you’ve had an experience with one or more these sites, or other projects, I’d love to hear from you.
Sharon Ann Wikoff is the mother of three marvelous adult children. She holds two teaching credentials: General Elementary K-8 and Adult Education: Parent Education/ Child Study and holds a CC-ADV certification in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Sharon is the author of three eBooks; The Art of Communicating with Infants and very Young Children and the Art of Listening To Children: The 10 Minute Miracle and Daddy, Why Are We Different. She is passionate about inspiring families to raise peaceful children by aligning all that goes on in the home with their "core family values". She works individually with families via the telephone or skype. She can be reached through her website: www.SharonAnnWikoff.com, which also contains her Blog: Raising Peaceful Children, SharonAnnWikoff@gmail.com or at 707 820. 4212