• Living with Children,  Parenting,  Social Changes

    Is There A Kindness Deficit In Your Home?

    “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”  –Nelson Mandela Kindness is something we all respond to. When we come into contact with kind people, our radar goes up, we take notice, and we are affected–positively. Biologically speaking, being the giver of a kind act creates a wave of the feel good hormone, oxytocin, and according to research (and my own personal experience) makes us repeat compassionate givers. In some recent studies I’ve conducted, we have found that when people perform behaviors associated with compassionate love—warm smiles, friendly hand gestures, affirmative forward leans—their bodies produce more oxytocin. This suggests…

  • Living with Children,  Parenting,  Social Changes

    Violence Towards Children

    A beautiful blog post from The Organic Sister. She is unapologetic in her call to stop the oppression that our society still embraces towards our smallest and most defenseless citizens- our children. Read this through–from beginning to end and maybe you will see things with a fresh perspective.  Were you treated poorly as a child? Wouldn’t you have loved to have adults like her on your side when you were in such a defenseless place? What if these words were easily accessible to your own parents as they are to so many now? I believe we’d see a very different reality then we do currently. Thankfully there are more and more people standing up…