Non-Violent Parenting (A must for all parents nd future parents too)
November 12, 2009 7:26am CST
Dr. Arun Gandhi,Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and founder of M.K.Gandhi institute for Non-Violence,on june 9 shared the following story as an example of 'non-violence in parenting':I was 16yrs old and was living with my parents at the institute my grand father had founded 18 miles outside of Durban,South Africa,in the middle of sugar plantations.we were very deep in the country and had no neighbours,so my 2 sisters and i always wanted to go town to visit friends or watch movies. one day my father asked me to drive him to town for all-day conference,and i jumped at the chance.since i was going to town my mother wanted me to pick some groceries by the way home and since i had all day in town,my father asked me to take of several pending chores and asked me to service the car.he left for the conference saying that he would be back by 5 pm and we can travel back home together. After i had done all my chores.I went straight to the nearest movie theatre.I got so engrossed in a John Wayne double feature that i forgot the time and it was almost 5:30 pm.By the time i had picked the car from the garage and reached the place it was 6 pm. He anxiously asked as "why were you late".I was show ashamed to confess that i went to an movie.so said that the car wasnt ready so i had to wait there i didnt know that he called to the garage and knew the truth.when he caught me in the lie he said "There's something wrong in the way i brought up that didn't give you the courage to tell me the truth.In order to figure it out where i went wrong i'm going to walk home 18 miles and think about it. so he began to walk home in the dark mostly unpaved,unlit roads.I couldnt leave him so for 5 1/2 hrs i drove behind watching my father go through his agony for a stupid lie i uttered.I decided then and there that i was never going to lie. This single non-voilent action was so powerful that it is still there in my mind as if it hpnd yesterday.That is the power of non-violence. This is sunny friends,sorry for making it too long.If this post can change a single parent follow "Non-Violence" while dealing with their children then i would be really happy.