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Dr Ross Greene's beautiful approach to kids with challenging behaviours

Hullo Everyone,

I've been very thrilled to discover child psychologist Dr Ross Greene's work. Go to  http://www.livesinthebalance.org/ to learn what he offers kids, parents and teachers of "challenging kids" - these kids who've been so misunderstood and judged. Dr Greene's  "Plan B", is a collaborative problem solving approach which starts with empathy in action and leads to a solution that works for both child and…

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Added by Alice Aird on September 22, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

BIG Kids - Bravery, Imagination and Generosity - A new Arts project

With a senior editor who is eight years old, BIG challenges hierarchies of who is listening and who is speaking to amplify small voices in BIG ways.http://www.bigkidsmagazine.com/

Added by Josette O'Donnell on September 2, 2011 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Empathy Documentary: Larry Rosen On Empathy Magic & Creativity

Watch out for and feel the magic moment in this video when empathy floods through your body! lots of love,…

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Added by Alice Aird on August 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The UN Rights of the Child - A Child Friendly Version!

This is a gorgeous poster describing the rights of the child in child friendly language! A lovely one to stick up at home and to keep in mind.

Added by Josette O'Donnell on August 9, 2011 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

Conscious Listening for Peaceful World

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Added by Alice Aird on August 5, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Evil and empathy: Scientists shed light on hearts of darkness

Cambridge University professor Simon Baron-Cohen is studying the links between evil acts and the absence of empathy. - Cambridge University professor Simon Baron-Cohen is studying the links between evil acts and the absence of empathy. | The Globe and Mail
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND— From Saturday's Globe and Mail


When Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg spoke…

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Added by Alice Aird on August 3, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Power of the Heart: Compassionate Listening in Israel and Palestine

Read this moving story about hearts connecting across the divide between Israel and Palestine.

 

Added by Alice Aird on July 27, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Parenting for a Peaceful World - watch Video

This is the video which gives the main messages of Robin Grille's seminal book Parenting for a Peaceful World. It's no substitute for reading the book though!  If this interests you do look at the book itself.  See reviews in this blog by searching on Robin Grille.

Added by Alice Aird on July 25, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Empathic mum: kind kids

Mothers who often take the perspective of others are more likely to encourage their children to do the same.

Children whose mothers have higher levels of empathy are more likely to adopt positive social behaviour, a new study shows.  Read more here…

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Added by Alice Aird on July 21, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Children are your elders in universe time.....

I love this quote from Buckminster Fuller which I came across again today in Lynne Twist's wonderful book The Soul of Money:

" Remember, your children are your elders in universe time. They have come into a more complete, more evolved universe than you or I can know. We can only see that universe through their eyes."

 

 

Added by Alice Aird on July 19, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Good Article about Empathy for a Bullied Child

This article makes some interesting and valuable general points about what empathy is and isn't and the importance for parents to express empathy for a child experiencing bullying (seems obvious but the useful point is made that often parents move straight to problem solving and bypass empathy, yet that is what the child most needs.)…

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Added by Alice Aird on July 13, 2011 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Why Even a Little Competition is Toxic

Cooperation trumps Competition in every way - click this link to listen to Alfie Kohn making a fantastic case with huge research backup for eliminating all competition from education, workplaces, familes and everywhere else.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=S4si1HaDmLg&feature=player_em​bedded#at=121…

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Added by Alice Aird on July 12, 2011 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Attachment Parenting....an excellent summary

My partner and I have widely adopted the techniques described as important for fulfilling our bubbas emotional dependency needs....and it is amazing how often people comment on our babies peaceful and contented nature. A close friend of mine has said that our son is the happiest baby she has every known! In the early days, friends and family commented that he "wanted for nothing" which was why he was so content! It is beautiful watching him grow into toddlerhood knowing that we have done our… Continue

Added by Josette O'Donnell on June 30, 2011 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Empathy makes the world go round

From The Age, June 26, 2011

 This is an edited extract from Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty, by Simon Baron-Cohen published this week by Penguin Australia.

Simon Baron-Cohen is professor of psychology and psychiatry at Cambridge.

 

 The ability to see through another's eyes is a crucial human trait; we all suffer in its…

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Added by Alice Aird on June 26, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Non Violent Communication

I have just read this amazing short article on how parents can use the techniques of Non Violent Communication to maintain connection with and have empathy for the needs of their children, through all the tough "expeditions" of parenthood....http://forums.naturalparenting.com.au/gentle-guidance/42043-non-violent-communications.html

Are their any other EF's out…

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Added by Josette O'Donnell on June 7, 2011 at 8:34pm — No Comments

A moving story of empathy in action, for a severely disabled 19 year old

Listen to this moving and enlightening  Radio National story about a family and friends who put their empathy into action and create a good life for their much loved Cameron. It helped me to once again put my small frustrations with daily life into perspective.

See the Radio National blurb below:

Cameron is too severely disabled for supported employment but his parents want…

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Added by Alice Aird on May 25, 2011 at 6:07pm — No Comments

A Beautiful Letter from Japan

This letter is a welcome and uplifting contrast from the gloom and doom in the media, as my friend Claire who sent it to me wrote.

Added by Alice Aird on March 31, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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