In Pursuit of Nonviolent Parenthood

“Nonviolent parenting? I feel like I need a Quaker workshop on that,” Brianne Boylan laughs.

As an adoptive mother, Brianne has been on a remarkable journey, one deeply informed by her participation in the Quaker community. “One of the reasons why I feel like I want to be surrounded by Quakers,” she admits, “is so that I can learn from them… because my own childhood was—I felt like violence and domination were part of the ways that children were raised, and that’s not what I want for my child or the world.”

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4 thoughts on “In Pursuit of Nonviolent Parenthood

  1. What a wonderful talk! As a 69-year-old grandmother raising her 8-year-old grandson I certainly understand the desire to have guidance on nonviolent parenting!!! It is always a challenge to raise an active child especially one with a history of trauma and I find myself saying “no” so often throughout the day

  2. Wow Brianne…your experience and attitude is so helpful for everyone.
    No thing or No one ever comes into our lives without teaching us a lesson.
    Our willingness to learn that lesson makes all the difference.
    Bravo Brianne!

  3. This is very timely in this time when there are still a lot of parents who think that saying bad words to their kids does not inflict violence on them at all. They never realize that violence begets violence. So this talk would indeed be very helpful to both parents and would- be parents.

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