Friendships is dedicated to giving parents the tools they
need to raise creative and compassionate children from the
time they are very young. Our programs are based on the principles
of Humane Education, which is an emerging field that seeks
to educate others about the connections between different
types of oppression and empower them to make a difference
in the world through their everyday choices.
Humane Education takes a multi-faceted
approach to understanding the problems that face our planet
today. For young children, the most vital components include
refining the 3 R’s of reverence, respect and responsibility,
and cultivating the 3 C’s of creativity, curiosity and
critical thinking. We also emphasize the importance of self-education
and positive lifestyle choices for parents.
We strongly believe that in order to
raise humane children, we need to raise our children humanely.
That means we need to critically examine the things we say
and do with our children to make sure we are modeling the
qualities we are looking to instill in them, such as respect
and kindness. The skills that we learn from practicing loving
discipline with our children day-to-day can give us the techniques
we need to approach everyone around us with the same patience
and positive regard that we are cultivating within our families.
We recognize that all families are different.
Everyone has different constraints in terms of time, energy
and money, and everyone has different priorities. Taking the
time to learn about the issues is a great first step towards
making a difference, even if you aren’t ready to make
too many lifestyle changes yet. Our goal is to help you learn
more about issues that are important to you and ideas for
ways to live your values.
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