The 55th country to ban all corporal punishment of children has just joined. Congratulations France! Here is what they said in Parliament: “Education through violence can only create more violence in society. It also leads to failure at school, illness, suicide, anti-social behavior and delinquence”. This ban has worked so well elsewhere, ushering in more peaceful societies. We will see a very different France in a couple of decades.
Great news from researchers! Sometimes legislation can change culture, and transform a society for the better. When a country bans all corporal punishment of children, soon afterwards there is a drop in youth violence rates. Ban corporal punishment and we do far more than improve children’s lives. We make the whole nation more peaceful. You can glimpse the research here.
Hurrah for Nepal! Its Parliament has finally made all corporal punishment of children a criminal offense. This makes Nepal the 54th nation to have protected children from legitimized violence. And the first in South Asia.
Meanwhile, 56 additional countries have committed themselves to enacting this ban.
And hitting children is now a crime in the schools of 131 nations.
Every year, a steady improvement!
I was very touched to receive a message from Tracey Curtis, English singer-songwriter and mother-of-five who wrote a song called: ‘Raising Girls and Boys’ inspired by my book Parenting for a Peaceful World.
She writes songs about family, life and death, protest songs and is blessed with a uniquely cheeky, clear and sweet voice. And she’s not afraid to aim her guitar at institutions that deserve it.
If the message of my book became music, I can’t be happier. Thank you Tracey. You can hear Tracey’s song, ‘Raising Girls and Boys’ (and more) HERE.
I’ve been asked so many times to deliver a workshop about adolescence (12 to 24 years) – and I’m happy to say: it’s finally ready for launch.
Great excitement, but also great turbulence and upheaval. No wonder everyone in the family needs a hand at this stage of great flux. So, as parents, teachers and elders, how can we be the best guides we can possibly be?
Join me for a seminar and some Q&A, in northern NSW:
Here are the details!
How do we connect with our toddlers and children, when their emotions – and our reactions! – can be like a storm sometimes? How do we reach them, inspire them and even heal them, when they can be so wild an restless? And how do we deal with our own exhaustion as parents, and our own reactivity? Almost every parent has these questions, that is why this is usually my most popular workshop. Boundaries of behavior, conflict resolution, a return to the joy of parenting. Lots of helpful info to share with you…and make sure you bring your questions!
Where: Federal Hall, Federal. NSW.
When: Tuesday 27th June, 10:00am till 1:00pm.
Bookings: Federal Community Children’s Centre PH: 66884371 Mandala or Lorraine
I was thrilled to be invited to the Uplift studio at Mullumbimby, NSW, for this lively dialogue with Chip Richards.
Sharing it with you: here it is!
Alternatively you can click in via iTunes, here. – and select “Raising Children for a Peaceful Future”.
What happens when there is too much information, and not enough realness? We end up feeling guilty and stuck. We don’t need ‘experts’ as much as we need open-ness.
As a parent-educator and writer I don’t get asked this often enough: “what are your own struggles as a father?” . And there are plenty of struggles; times when my own issues from childhood and adolescence are triggered. Our children help to grow us up, and yes they make us vulnerable, often. I really appreciate being asked that question at this summit! And I am glad to have shared my own growth process as a father.
Starting May 22, fourteen parenting visionaries, including myself, are sharing deep, inspiring conversations about how transformation is both possible and even likely. The Thriving Family Summit is presenting daily interviews with leaders in the conscious, peaceful parenting movement for free to all registrants. My interview is May 23, and you can join us HERE.
For so long I wished for an alliance between the Green Movement and the Children’s Liberation Movement.
How else can humanity evolve towards the interconnected, ecologically integrated society?
So, it finally happened. And I’m thrilled.
And I will be there, speaking and sharing. Lots of incredibly inspiring speakers! A variety of wonderful live music. Buzzy community, zero waste. What a salve for the soul.
Renew Fest, Mullumbimby, 2017.
Mon Dieu, quelle bonheur! France just became the 52nd country to ban all corporal punishment of children, at home or at school. Only 4 countries left till all of Europe is a smacking-free zone. Well, in Italy it is already banned by their Supreme court, just not formalized into law yet. That leaves just Switzerland, the Czech Republic and….UK.
The new normal: treating children as persons. This will have very positive flow-on effects on all society.