Is “Peace on Earth” Possible?

Is “Peace on Earth” possible? Listen to these 5th graders sing! Raises my belief! Especially since the kids in this video are now almost adults. May they help us better the world.
Make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console.
To be understood as to understand.
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.

Stop Corporal Punishment in Moroccan Schools – Petition Request

A reader of my blog asked for our help. Please consider signing and sharing the petition initiated by Charmaine MacDonald:

Say No to Corporal Punishment in Moroccan Schools.

love-is-light-image“Let the mothers consider that whatever concerneth the education of children is of the first importance. Let them put forth every effort in this regard, for when the bough is green and tender it will grow in whatever way ye train it. Therefore is it incumbent upon the mothers to rear their little ones even as a gardener tendeth his young plants. Let them strive by day and by night to establish within their children faith and certitude, the fear of God, the love of the Beloved of the worlds, and all good qualities and traits. Whensoever a mother seeth that her child hath done well, let her praise and applaud him and cheer his heart; and if the slightest undesirable trait should manifest itself, let her counsel the child and punish him, and use means based on reason, even a slight verbal chastisement should this be necessary. It is not, however, permissible to strike a child, or vilify him, for the child’s character will be totally perverted if he be subjected to blows or verbal abuse……” Bahá’í Writings

According to a report by the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, “Morocco is committed to reforming its laws to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings.” Unfortunately Morocco faces many of the same challenges as the USA enacting laws to protect children. Corporal punishment isn’t allowed in prisons nor can it be used as punishment for a crime yet corporal punishment of children is allowed. It is lawful in the home. There is no explicit prohibition of corporal punishment in early childhood care, day care for older children, schools, nor for abandoned children or children in foster care for abandoned children. Just like in the United States people convicted of crimes are treated more humanely than children.

In a study by the National Human Rights Council punishment of Moroccan children in protection centres (which are responsible for children without parental care or children in legal trouble)  included hitting children with pipes and sticks and slapping them. (Conseil national des droits des homes (2013), Enfants dans les centres de sauvegarde: une enfance en danger – pour une politique de protection intégrée de l’enfant, Rabat: CNDH)

UNICEF reported 91% of Moroccan children aged 2-14 experienced violent “discipline” and nearly 24% of children experienced severe physical punishment, 89% experienced psychological aggression (being shouted at, yelled at, screamed at or insulted. (UNICEF (2008), Enquête Nationale à Indicateurs Multiples et Santé des Jeunes, ENIMSJ 2006-2007, Rabat, Maroc: UNICEF)

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While in Morocco a travel blogger observed “I’ve noticed that kids here, well at least the ones around us, physically fight a lot. They think nothing of slapping each other on the back of the neck or head, especially when they are upset or angry. Parents more or less stay out of it, until it escalates. Then the parents will physically punish the child. Maybe with a shoe or with their hand.”  Visit Amanda’s blog MarocMama  for her full article Raising Global Kids: Cultural Norms and Discipline of Children

I agree with the petition statement “There are other ways of disciplining children that are just as effective. Alternative punishments which are not demeaning and humiliating to children should not be tolerated either! Children should not be afraid to go to school for fear of being hit.  We want our children educated within the school system; NOT damaged!  There needs to be an emphasis on positive encouragement and a reward system for good behaviour.” 

Happy Halloween

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Very soon, a lot of kiddos will visit your door. Please be open minded.

  • The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills or may be hungry.
  • The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy might have motor planning issues or a cognitive impairment.
  • The child who does not say “trick or treat” or “thank you” might be painfully shy or non-verbal.
  • If you cannot understand their words, they may struggle with developmental apraxia of speech. They are thankful in their hearts and minds.
  • The child that doesn’t answer when you talk to him or her may have a hearing impairment.
  • The child who looks disappointed when he sees your bowl might have a life-threatening allergy.
  • The child who isn’t wearing a costume at all might not be “able” to wear one due to the sensory issues of autism, or the family may not be able to afford one.
  • Be kind, be patient, smile, and try to understand.
  • It’s everyone’s Halloween.
  • Make each child feel special and make their parents feel good by making a big deal of their special child. Thank you!

School Bus Driver Saves Kids from Fire

Renita Smith a Maryland school bus driver saved 20 students from a sudden bus fire.  Her quick action and protective instinct saved her “babies” lives. Renita is a true selfless HERO with a heart of pure gold.

Children’s Rights Advocacy Volunteer Opportunities

Want to help our community? Of course you do! Below are a few organizations that would love volunteers. You can make the lives of children in need happier! 


council-for-childrens-rightsCouncil for Children’s Rights (CFCR) believes in every child’s right to be safe, healthy and educated through individual advocacy, legal representation and addressing broad, community-wide issues through research and policy work. CFCR is one of the most comprehensive child advocacy and child legal services agencies of its kind in NC.


The Global Initiaglobal-initiaive-to-end-corporal-punishment-logo-1tive to End All Corporal Punishment of Children was launched in Geneva in 2001. It strives for action and progress towards ending all corporal punishment in all continents. The context for all its work is implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.


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The U.S. Alliance brings together individuals, groups, and organizations to create a unified voice calling for, and working toward, the end of all forms of physical and emotional punishment against children, especially in schools and homes. The Alliance, through education and legal means, seeks to end all social justifications and legal authorizations of corporal punishment. Achieving these goals will give children the same protection from this sort of physical violence as is already enjoyed by adults under state and federal law.


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Pat’s Place is the only child advocacy center in Mecklenburg County serving children from birth to age 18. By providing a physical environment where a child’s well-being is the first priority, Pat’s Place reduces trauma and promotes healing from child sexual abuse. Since 2005, Pat’s Place has assisted over 4,000 children throughout Mecklenburg County. Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center coordinates the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of the most serious forms of child abuse.


A Child’s Placea-childs-place-logo, a local non-profit working to erase the impact of homelessness on Charlotte children and their education.  They support children, families, schools and the community by intervening at the point of crisis when a family loses their home. At the time of the emergency they help stabilize the child and family so they can begin to rebuild their lives. A Child’s Place works in partnership with the public schools to identify, enroll and work with children and families who are in the homelessness crisis.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters‘ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.