Parenting Workshops in Mona Vale

Parenting can sure be stressful, and that might be the understatement of the year. There is so much information out there about what children need in order to thrive. But not enough attention is given to what we need as parents, on a daily basis, in order to keep our cool, stay grounded, feel nourished and supported, and really enjoy the journey.

And there is more: how can we turn parenting into the greatest ever personal growth and healing journey – for us the parents?

“Parenting as a Hero’s Journey” is a 3-part evening workshop series that answers all those questions and more, and is filled with practical, skills-based goodies for parents.

For more information, click here. 

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Closing remarks in New York, December 2014

imagesThis was the last brief interview we did with Lisa Reagan from Kindred Community. We were in New York, at the end of my ‘Parenting for a Peaceful World Tour’, and we were talking about the global Children’s Liberation Movement.

Here it is, I hope you enjoy it. 

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Help wanted: to take Parenting for a Peaceful World…to China!

Front Cover PfPW 2nd EdI have exciting news. There is a project underway to translate my book ‘Parenting for a Peaceful World’ into Chinese.

Why? Progressive parents and educators in Hong Kong despair at the lack of freedom of thought in Chinese education systems. I am in close contact with the educators who are working on the translation and publication so I can be assured of a faithful version of the book.

I’m thrilled at the prospect of what my book could do for socially progressive communities in China who are seeking to liberalize childhood and (as are the rest of us!) in this way reduce the ghost of authoritarianism that haunts our politics.

The small group of parents who are working on the Chinese version have initiated a crowd-funding drive in order to sustain the translation, design, printing and promotion of this book. You can read about it here.

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The state of childhood – an update

A massive study, 96 nations in all, published in the Pediatrics journal. Around the world, more than half of the world’s children were the victims of violence – and that’s just 2014.         Bear in mind, that has to be a big underestimate, since in most countries an adult can beat a child and it is not called violence.  So most of the violence goes un-noticed and un-reported.

So: to be born as a human child in this world means you have well over 1 in 2 chance of being the victim of violence, mainly from the people who “care” for you. Betrayal, on a grand scale.

To dilute this message or to minimize it is to compound the insult to children. Children are the punching bags for angry, resentful, confused and helpless adults – and the majority remain so despite decades of improvements.

If that is not the reason why we grow up to be so destructive towards this planet, then I don’t know what is. But don’t ever try to tell me that anyone is born to be chronically violent or addictive. People become as they are treated when they are vulnerable. Together, this is the destiny we author every day.

To read more about this piece of research, click here. 

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How do we Birth a new Humanity?

What do our changing childbirth practices have to do with the kinds of societies we create?

Can we build interconnectedness and an ecologically harmonious model of society…by reforming how we bring children into this world?

In one of the most beautiful parts of coastal Scotland, September 2016, this transformative conference is being convened – and you are invited to join us.

Find out a little more? Watch this short video

 

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Peru ends the corporal punishment of children

In Peru, as of 10th December 2015, it is against the law for parents, teachers, anyone at all to hit or otherwise humiliate a child. No excuses.

There are now 48 countries that have made it illegal to hit a child, and 52 more have made commitments to bring in this legislation. The number of nations that now reject the culture of child-punishment has reached 100. That’s almost half the nations of the world, in less than 40 years. More and more people are likely to wake up to how odious the idea of hitting for discipline really is. It must be really sinking in by now; that ‘normal’ is not necessarily ‘good’.

Viva Peru! Read more about it here. 

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My Talk on Neurosocial Evolution

robin-grille…presented at the UNICEF Baby-Friendly-Initiative Conference, Harrogate, UK, November 2015.

Take a bit of neuropsychology, some anthropology, a pinch of epigenetics, a dollop of psychohistory, a dash of attachment research and a soupçon of learning theory, blend the mixture and bake until you get…some startling news of hope and empowerment.

What if human society can evolve beyond violence: towards justice, democracy, world peace and harmony with Mother Earth? And what if this evolution has already begun and is gathering pace?

What if this has a lot to do with how we raise and educate our children? And…what if you  have a key role to play in this Neurosocial Evolution?

Take a look. CLICK HERE. 

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Ireland bans all corporal punishment

This nation just keeps getting more amazing! Number 47 to ban the corporal punishment of children. Gay marriage, freedom to divorce, no punishment of children…I want to do some Justice Tourism in Ireland! It is exciting to see this long oppressed nation flourishing in this way, and leading the world. I will definitely drink a pint of Guinness to toast the fair green island. (And may it please the Universe, I hope to set foot on Irish soil one day. Music pilgrimage!)

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Somalia ratifies the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child!

That is it! That is the whole world! A new era is dawning for children.

But wait…not yet.

Just one single country remains. Just one. One country, where Police are allowed into schools to discipline the children. Where most childbirth facilities still allow artificial infant formula companies to tell mothers how to feed their babies. Where teachers are still allowed to paddle students on their buttocks, with a bat.

What country is that? What is your guess?

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My new Music Video: “Exam Nation” –

gradsRight now Australian high school students are preparing for their final exams, the end of a 12 year journey. I wrote this song for them, and really for all students around the world.

My song says this: you have a human right to enjoy the work you do, to express your unique talents and gifts in your own special way.

And…….what if? WHAT IF??? What if you can HAVE FUN while you work?

I hope you enjoy my song, here it is. 

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