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Thursday:  Refining Your Plan of Action

When you begin a new program your children may just love it and are cooperative immediately, or they may not like to see such changes coming about.  To reinforce the “why” behind your desire for wanting to put this Plan of Action into place, stop a moment and just listen to the conversations going on in your home.  This will tell you so much about the level of peacefulness you already have in your environment.


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.


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: 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.

Pictures of PEACE! Enjoy!

As I post my daily blog, I always enjoy finding images which relate to the topic of the day.  Often, I find them so uplifting and inspiring.  So today, I'll be sharing mainly images and a quote or my thoughts regarding the picture.  

Also, pictures are an excellent way of initialing a conversation with your children.  Ask them what they are seeing in the picture.  You can also explore their feelings that come up as they view the picture.


Sharon Ann Wikoff

My thoughts are like the ripples in the ocean.

Children ARE 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 PeaceBy 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 editor's introduction they described the book as a joyous journey and inspired from the truth in the words: “Children as Teachers of Peace”.

Listening to Children...In Action!

Listening to Children…In Action!

As I mentioned yesterday in my blog, listening to children is so very important.  As both parent and educator I’ve come to understand that listening to children is very essential for their well-being.  It addition, it is FUN and very revealing. Listening plays a huge part in connectedness which research shows is the key to a happy childhood as well as a happy adulthood! Listening makes for a peaceful child and peaceful family. 

When I was 18 years old, and a day camp counselor, one of the children in my group was with another counselor doing a craft project.
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