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After reading some inspiring pieces this morning from the
world of Facebook, which I’m not often on, I feel inspired to write for my Blog.
I’ve been taking a course with Lesa Townsend
on Blogging over the last several weeks. She encourages us to post daily for a
period of time. This is my second
such “challenge” with her and I find it
Having to write a new
post EVERY DAY, forces me to look for something “new” to write about...something
fresh…something inspiring…something that
has not been said before.
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 ofLove is Letting Go of Fear.
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: “
The holidays bring with them extra things to do. It’s always a wonderful idea to include the children whenever
possible. At the same time, it’s nice to
have the option of having time to yourself and yet knowing your
children are happy and contented.
Some years back I came up with the term “YES”
“YES” Environments are spaces for children which are
age-appropriate and allow for educational, fun and independent play.
These give freedom to both child and parent.
Some years back in the early 2000’s I knew a gentlemen who
had his own business which revolved around the subject of PEACE. He would
purchase cups, shirts, plates, etc and then create gorgeous designs for on
them. I so enjoyed his work.
Going back even further to the 1980’s there was an
organization called “Beyond War”. Small
gathering were held all around the country with the focus on living in a
peaceful manner. TODAY I realize just
how important it is to consciously and actively work toward PEACE.
How do you
know if you need to rethink your values and your parenting practices?
This is the topic for today’s blog. Several years ago, the answer to this question
came to me in a flash of a second when I entered someone’s home.
goes like this: I entered a home and the
two children, a girl 5 and boy 7 were each at their own computer playing a
game. They each a friend over as I
recall. They were all yelling,Get him!
Kill him! I got you! You are dead!
yesterday’s blog I mentioned that
Interaction with a child makes an impression! Some very simple ones, are remembered a lifetime. Isn't this a precious experience for a child and parent?
ago I observed a teacher interacting with a child in an emotional and unkind manner. It touched me deeply. I thought about it much
that day. I did report it to the director of the school so it would not happen
next morning, I awakened to the sound of music.
RAISING PEACEFUL CHILDREN: EVERYONE’S
I so enjoy being out in public and happening to observe a
beautiful interaction between a child and parent or child and another
adult. It’s so rewarding to see a
genuine interaction like this.
During October I was in our local grocery store and observed
a group of preschool children in the Produce section.
One of the main produce workers was telling
the children about various fruits & vegetables. They were able to taste them if they wanted to.
Parenting By Choice...not Chance invites you to KNOW YOUR VALUES, LIVE YOUR VALUES AND TEACH YOUR VALUES.
In 2013 I
was invited to participate in a 30 day Blogging Challenge by Lesa Townsend, a
specialist in business and marketing. At
the time I thought I’d be writing on the topic of Listening to Children, which
had been an important focus of my work with parents and in the classroom. However, after much pondering, another topic
came to me and that was: RAISING PEACEFUL CHILDREN.
ALLOWING OUR SELF TO FEEL / ALLOWING OUR CHILDREN TO FEEL
As the month of November continues, I’m observing that so many people and organizations are acknowledging the importance of GRATITUDE! A popular spiritual teacher Matt Kahn, says to “love everything” that arises! To love that part of us that is rebelling, to love the challenge of the day, to love criticism, the negative emotions…to love it ALL!
If we do approach life in this way,
Today is November 1! Welcome to the month of Thanksgiving. It is the month of giving "thanks" and gratitude.
Years ago, a friend and spiritual leader, Betty Strohm, suggested the practice to me for writing down 3 things nightly that I was grateful for from that day. I found it to be a wonderful practice.
A daily practice of writing creates a connection to that which we are focusing on. It prompts the rising up from within, thoughts and feelings which we may not have given the voice to previously!