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.
However as I sat and thought about it, I felt there was something else wanting to be revealed through me. There were additional insights that I wanted to pass on. Things that were not included in the two blogs about Raising Peaceful Children I had written two years earlier. And although all of my work incorporates various aspects of living peacefully, I realized that other than those two blogs I had not really addressed the topic of Raising Peaceful Children directly. The more I sat with this idea of writing a blog the more I felt that writing about PEACE would be a wonderful topic.
In addition, I began thinking about our world today, and realized how crucial the theme of PEACE is for all of us in our lives. I realized that PEACE was of extreme importance in solving many of the problems that we face in today’s world. And that living in a peaceful manner was just as important for the adult as the child.
SO, I actually had to write Lesa and ask if I could change the name of my blog, the day just before the first day of the challenge. Lesa willing said yes! So, my blog title is:
RAISING PEACEFUL CHILDREN
I’ve LOVE the blog title and am very enthusiastic about moving ahead with this work and plan to add some programs to my radio show, ”The Voice of Change” on the subject.
Through the blog, many concepts that I’ve used with families and children emerged and the writing was easily executed. However, I must say that writing daily was a discipline, I found much more difficult that my monthly newspaper article. With the daily writing, the blog took on a life of its own. Years ago in Toastmasters, a gentleman by the name of Bob, said during his talk, “I never know what I’m going to say until I say it”. He said it wasn’t his original saying but I no longer remember who he credited as being its author. Anyway, the same thing could be applied to my blog. I never knew what each day was going to reveal. However, I’m delighted to say that many remembrances from my experience working with children and families came back to me each day as I wrote. As a result the blog unfolded easily day by day.
As I mentioned in one of my blogs if you want to be involved Raising Peaceful Children, is the business of EVERYONE,. Every encounter with another person, child or adult, makes an impression. A smile, a friendly word, positive encouragement, may just be what makes another’s day.
For some I’m sure that putting these practices covered in my blogs into your daily life, is easy while for others it may be a bit more difficult. In addition, some children may find it easy to cooperate with such a plan and others may not. Many children start back to school in the near future, and this is an excellent time for beginning such a program.
I want to support families in getting off to a great start this year and will be hosting a F*R*E*E* Tele-class on Raising Peaceful Children. The details are below. It will be recorded for those not able to be on the live call.
RAISING PEACEFUL CHILDREN - Tele-Class
DATE: August 15th, Thursday
TIME: 8:00 pm PST
CALL IN NUMBER: (605) 477-2100 *
ACCESS CODE: 565160#
* NOTE: Long distance charges may apply.
In addition, I’d like to offer a complimentary consultation on Raising Peaceful Children, to the first 10 people who contact me and say YES, I'd like to consult with you on this!
These consultations may take place any time during the month of August, 2013. If interested, please send me an email through my website and I’ll send you a brief questionnaire to better understand your needs. Or you can contact me at:
One ending comment on the topic of Raising Peaceful Children and that is I’d like to encourage you to choose your FAMILY VALUES if you’ve not already done so. Or, if you are an educator, choose the CLASSROOM VALUES that you want to stress in your classroom. When you know what you feel is important, it’s so much easier to find ways you bring those to your children as well as teaching them.
My favorite four for being with children either in the home or classroom are:
C O O P E R A T I O N
K I N D N E S S
H E L P F U L N E S S
H A P P I N E S S
I feel these make for a happy home or a cheerful classroom. And yet, many of the other ones, are so helpful, especially to address individual needs of children. Blogs # 5 and # 6 on July 5th and 6th, address this topic in more detail.
Wishing you a wonderful day…filled with PEACE!