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Raising Peaceful Children: Children As Teachers of PEACE

In the 1980’s I was working as the Children’s Director of Education at the West Valley Center for Spiritual Living in southern California.  One of the books I purchased at that time and have used over the last 30 years is, Children As Teachers of Peace By Our Children, Edited by Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. author of Love is Letting Go of Fear.
 



This book has children’s art work in it as well as their words about PEACE.  In the book, the Editors shared that the book was a joyous journey and inspired from the truth in the words: “Children as Teacher of Peace”. 
 
Following are some of the quotes from the children who wrote for this book.  The images here are not from the book; however, I’ve attempted to capture the feeling nature of what the children wrote with the pictures here.

PEACE is telling the truth to your parents or anybody. Jeremy, age 8

PEACE is praying.  Siobbain, age 6

PEACE is working together to keep everything alive.  John, age 11 ½

PEACE is two nations shaking hands and being friends forever.  Lauren, age 12

PEACE is sitting near the fire with a warm cat snuggled in your lap purring.  Jennifer, age 9

PEACE is friends who get along and make up when they fight.  Sari, age 10

PEACE is happiness when it rains and we see a rainbow.  Arthur, age 6

PEACE
Peace is having a toy,
Peace is feeling joy,
Peace is taking a run,
Peace if having fun,
Peace is feeling free,
Peace is you and me. 
Darrell, age 12

PEACE is the feeling knowing the sun will come out even while it’s raining.  Judith, age 11

PEACE is loving someone smaller.  Carey, age 9

PEACE: It’s a Small World…with a Big Heart.

PEACE is a state of public calmness.  Amy, age 10

PEACE is everything a person needs. It’s stillness, faith, calmness and love all together and that’s what I think peace is.  Jesse, age 11

PEACE is something to cherish.  But you must be careful with it. If you don’t, pretty soon there won’t be anyone to make peace with.  Lori, age 11


RAISING PEACEFUL CHILDREN IN ACTION:

When I looked the word PEACE up in the dictionary, some of the synonyms given were: harmony, calm, serenity and quiet.

I invite you to talk about these words with your children.  Perhaps you can have them share their experience of these words, or have them act out what each means. Also, kids love to act out the opposite of such words. When they do this, it does help them to internalize what such words mean and what they do not mean!

NAMING PEACEFUL SITUATIONS:
When you and your children are in the midst of a peaceful experience, name it.  Put such words to it as:  peaceful, harmonious, calm, serene and quiet.  In addition, have children draw pictures of what is PEACE to them.

In our world today, children are exposed to so many situations which do not exhibit PEACE, we need to educate children about PEACE.  Let them know what it is and to “name” such times.  How can we expect children to want something that they are not familiar with in their daily life?
 
A PEACEFUL ACTIVITY:
Two days ago in response to my Blog on “YES” Environments, which are places where children can play independently with age-appropriate materials, Kim wrote about the wonderful library/reading space she created for her children.  Her sharing reminded me of a poem I found years ago and have used in both my classrooms and homes.

A fun activity is to write this poem on a large poster board and have your children create a small picture to illustrate each line.

A POEM:  READ

Read in the classroom.

Read at home.  

Read a story. Read a poem.

Read while it’s raining.

Read in the sun.

Read to get your homework done.

Read on a park bench.

Read in a tree. 

Read for a reason.

Read for none.

But best of all…

Read for Fun!!

                      Anonymous
 
Wishing you a lovely day of thanksgiving…and peacefulness,
Sharon




6 Comments to Raising Peaceful Children: Children As Teachers of PEACE:

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Pernilla Lillarose on Thursday, November 26, 2015 11:14 PM
Children are so wise and their wisdom comes from pure innocence. Installing Peace at that age is common sense. Glad you bring that to them, Sharon.
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sharon on Monday, November 30, 2015 11:23 PM
Yes, children are so wise...and you are so right, it comes from pure innocence. Their thoughts come right from their heart!


Jeannette Hill on Friday, November 27, 2015 4:35 PM
Sharon, what a beautiful post. I loved the the sayings of the children. So wise and what a great bit of advise that we name peaceful situations with our kids.
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sharon on Monday, November 30, 2015 11:29 PM
So glad you enjoyed the words of the children Jeannette. I do believe that "naming" situations which are peaceful, allow children to come to understand what they are experiencing. The same with alone time. In today's world, I see some children who don't even know what that looks like. And others, who have hours to them self on a daily basis, for artistic and creative activities and can get lost in their own world. What JOY!


Lesa on Monday, November 30, 2015 11:24 AM
"PEACE is something to cherish. But you must be careful with it. If you don’t, pretty soon there won’t be anyone to make peace with." Out of the mouth of babes. If only the leaders of all of the nations on earth would realize this. The world would be a much different place.
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sharon on Monday, November 30, 2015 11:34 PM
Yes, Lesa you are so right...if only the leaders of all nations had such wisdom. In the book, Children as Teachers of Peace, there were some longer writings from children to the President. So amazing the Truth that some children see so clearly!

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