Why We Need Humane Education: Parents Have the Power to Nurture More Peaceful Children

"If we are to reach real peace in this world ... we shall have to begin with children; and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won't have to struggle, we won't have to pass fruitless idle resolutions, but we shall go from love to love and peace to peace...." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

As parents, we confront enormous challenges in raising our children to be kind and conscientious citizens of the world. With marketers now targeting children when they're infants, with studies showing that even preschool children can feel the pressure to conform to majority opinion, and with other outside influences, from media to school to friends to the messages from society, parents often worry whether they can have any significant impact in nurturing peaceful, compassionate children.

At least when it comes to peace, a new study says that parents can.

According to our friends at Greater Good Science Center, a new study focused on middle school students noted that children with parents who "actively advocated peaceful conflict resolution to their kids" tended to act less aggressively. Although the results weren't consistent in every situation, parents teaching their kids peace tended to have a positive influence on their children's behavior. And, as we might imagine, the study determined that the longer parents waited to talk about and model peaceful messages, the less influence they had:
"The results offer an important message to parents: If you want your kids to practice kindness instead of violence, you should stress the importance of peaceful conflict resolution strategies from the time they are still young."
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This study offers more evidence of the importance of humane education, especially starting at home when children are young. Parents are their child's first teachers and raising them to be humane nourishes them with deeply held values that help them resist peer pressure and cultural messages that are shallow or potentially harmful and help them embrace compassion and joy and seek truth and a life of integrity that respects all.

Parents are such an important teacher in their child's life that we offer a variety of helpful resources, as well as a six-week online course, Raising a Humane Child, to help parents in their journey to raise joyful, caring, peaceful children.

~ Marsha

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