A friend of mine asked me a very core question few days ago. He asked; I am wondering what would make a mainstream parent shift his/her parenting into the paradigm you try to promote? – I thought this was such a profound question. What was more profound, to me, was the realization that I do not have a short answer for it. For a moment, I felt sad with this realization because I know that mainstream parenting uses tools and adopts assumptions that I genuinely believe are not true about kids, our humanity and ourselves as parents. So in an attempt to be my authentic self and come up with answers for those who wonder about why shift to peaceful parenting, I decided to write about the main strategies/tools used in mainstream parenting and share why I believe they do not add to the connection and quality of relationship between parents and their children as well as the behavior change that parents seek to attain through using these tools. And Punishment is my first pick!
Marwa Advocates for freedom, peace, and building compassionate homes.