We are a culture whose view of parenting, children, and childhood is rooted in adultism. Adultism is the silent, hidden toxin in our child-adult relationships and in our culture.
By unlearning adultism we create a foundation to establish relationships with children based on mutual respect, trust, and freedom.
Our culture defines the adult-child relationship from a core of control, fear, and mistrust. Conflicts with children become power struggles, but they don’t have to be.
When I began my journey as a parent, I was determined to avoid the mistakes of my parents and my own childhood. I was determined to create freedom of expression (especially emotions) in my home. I wanted the… Read More
Although I have written about the research on the positive effects of mindfulness and presence in my book and in several articles, today focus is slightly different. I want to address that aspect of mindfulness that is the… Read More
The tragic shootings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston have weighed heavily on so many of us. I have felt it and talked with many others who are struggling to make sense of what is… Read More
Hello! After my email last week, I started to pay more attention to how news and events out in the world came up in our family life on a day-to-day basis. Those reflections reminded me of a question a… Read More
Although much of my energy these past weeks has been focused on my Transform program, the recent events in Baltimore are weighing heavily on my heart and mind. A lesson I learn over and over, as I watch… Read More
Are Stereotypes and Prejudice Only Perpetuated in Media? This article was first published in the November/December 2012 edition of Home Education Magazine Before becoming a mom, I had spent over a decade as a professional working with college… Read More