parenting

Taking Responsibility for your Emotions

When I see friends, couples in relationships, or parents and children fighting, I rarely witness any honesty or vulnerability. When someone does talk about how they feel, this is usually under the thinly veiled guise of an attack, violating one of the first rules of Nonviolent Communication. A common example might be, Read more [...]

The Double Standard of Child and Animal Abuse

Thinking about the indifference of the other ESL teachers to the institutionalized hitting of children in Thai schools, I realized something truly frightening... These were the same people who when we first met, told me with great sadness about the abused elephants of Thailand. They talked about how the elephants would Read more [...]

Abusive Parents Know They’re Abusive – and here’s why

I'm talking about parents who mistreat their children, who scream at them, humiliate them, hit them. They know for a *fact* that if the other person were a friend who was older, bigger, independent, and could leave, they wouldn't scream at them like that. I've seldom seen abusive parents treat their friends the way they Read more [...]