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.
Every so often a historic moment comes that demands strong and committed collective action. I believe we are there, all of us, right now. And normal, day to day life will not do. The world is in a climate emergency, vested interests hold on and refuse to budge. We can’t afford to wait for rescue, we each need to mobilize, for our children….NOW.
Standing Rock in the Dakota Reservation is now Ground Zero in the global battle to halt the destructive Fossil Fuel from plunging us further into enviro-chaos.
American War Veterans are organizing to face off the abusive pro-pipeline military, on 4th December. They are there voluntarily, for all of us; for the whole world. The whole world can support them. I donated. Please consider backing these veterans, we need them. And please share widely.
Can the cultural forces that gave rise to Trump and his anti-environment xenophobic cabinet be explained by…..
….trends in parenting in USA?
I have decided to make my epilogue to Heart-to-Heart Parenting (2012 edition) freely available.
Just have a look at the bullet points if that is all you have time for.
The role of parenting styles and education….what do you think?
I wonder how much more science we are going to need.
Is this enough yet? Half a century of research studies, over 160,000 children studied around the world. There is no safe level. Even a bit of a smack is harmful for child development. HERE is the latest analysis of all the world’s evidence, simple and clear.
Science totally gets it. Fifty nations have banned the smack, 52 more are in process.
Time for Australia, USA and UK to give children the same protection we give adults.
In their newest policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (largest in the world) has just issued its strongest statement yet, in support of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, and sleeping with baby very close by.
Both breastfeeding and proximal sleeping can sharply reduce the risk of SIDS.
You can read the full report HERE.
And HERE are the best guidelines for safe co-sleeping with your baby.
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Paraguay just became the 50th nation to ban the corporal punishment of children. There is almost nowhere left in Latin America where a child can be legally hit. Meanwhile, more nations are committing to the process of banning. Hitting a child is domestic violence. Does that statement feel NORMAL yet?
I’m thrilled to share these news. A Cantonese translation of my book, Parenting for a Peaceful World, will be entering the Chinese speaking world sometime in 2017.
There are exciting rumblings in Chinese culture. Curiosity. Hunger for change.
EDiversity, my publisher, represent homeschoolers and progressive educators in Hong Kong. Wow. Look at what is happening there! And what do you imagine will happen, in the Chinese world and its cultures, as these progressive forces continue to spread?
Where does this path lead? I could not be more filled with silent wonder. I will be learning more than I can imagine. Bring it on.
Omar Mateen was once a beautiful and innocent baby boy. He was not born to be a slaughterer. Was this terrorism? Yes, if by this we mean the terror that he suffered for desiring men when his father reviled homosexuality. The terror he suffered when his culture told him if he was gay he would be the shame of his entire family. More than terrorism, this was also Shame-ism. Omar’s self-hate was methodically taught to him.
Culture. Why do we give culture so much respect, in the name of tolerance?
And yes, it was terrorism if by this we mean the terror wrought upon us all by ‘freedom’ – when ‘freedom’ is the freedom to do business unrestrained. Someone still has the money Omar spent that day. Others will make more money from the fear that has been sown. The answer to the problem is more of the same problem, right?
Now comes the blame war. “It’s Islam!”. “It’s the NRA!”. “It’s the homophobes!”. In some measure, for sure it is all of those. A smoking gun is certainly in the hands of patriarchal culture of all stripes. And free-for-all capitalism? Its hands drip with blood, no question.
Today, I would like to say: “Je suis LGBTI!”. Problem is, in the deeper shadows of Self, I am also Islam. I am also Bigot. I am also Capitalism.
For the love of the families that were shattered that day in Orlando, for the unbearable horror and unfathomable loss that has hit them, maybe we can all breathe out a little more, extend our being-ness a little more widely. They are all our family. Omar Mateen however, is also our son. In some way we all gave permission for him to be brought up in crushing shame, and then to be enabled in his final act. And the system that sold him his weapon gloats, it goes unmolested. We each have a Voice and are responsible for both using it and not using it. From this day on, what can we each say differently, what can we think differently, how can we vote differently, to what will we give our money, our energy? And most importantly: what can we stop believing in? What can we stop accepting?