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Hi everyone,
Sally, Bette and I had an interesting IChat discussion Monday evening about the increase in food allergies- perhaps there is an increase in allergies in general (not just food allergies.) How do we transition participants from complaining and exchanging allergy relieve tips, (which are good things) to some kind of actions? What kinds of actions might they do?

I have a second line of questioning asside from the allergy one.
I am concerned about the increase in school violence around our country. How do we address this issue with our families? does anyone have a way to begin a discussion about this topic that doesn't bring the group quickly to despair?

I was reminded that a quality parent coop child care program in Mpls, Seward child care, teaches all the kids (toddlers on up) and parents a six step Noviolent Communication Process. Daily in all exchanges about toys, transition issues, etc. the staff use this process which involves all parties coming to a win-win outcome. Parents support it by using it at home. It was reported recently that a five year old from this program who is now in Mpls Kindergarten came home to report that a kid took a toy away from him at school and the teacher made that other kid give it back. The parent said, "So you must have felt better after that." The 5 year old said,"No, I didn't. The other boy was sad so it wasn't better."
I am going to get the exact 6 steps from my friend and pass it along, but this is one way we can make a difference from the start!!

In response to question of school violence and discussion with parents: Parents in Moorhead have been concerned about school violence as well, especially with 3 school shootings in one week. I began the discussion talking about the cyclical nature of fear and how it can snowball. We talked of fear, armoring in response to the fear, which in turn reinforces our need for fear and fear goes up, armor goes up, etc, etc. I asked the group what precautions their schools have in force for threats against the school. Parents didn't know and that was homework. Talking about the fear, helped parents. We did not leave with a feeling of despair, rather with the air of wanting to know more. Wanting to help with school violence. Our discussions since then have surrounded bullying, and I am reading (and giving the group excerpts) from Barbara Coloroso's The Bully, The Bullied and the Bystander. "We can spend all the money in the world on security around the school, but it won't do much good if the students don't feel safe inside the school" (pg 28)The book ends with a chapter on Caring Schools, Involved Communities and highlights ways for communities to change the cycle of violence in our society. Another good read to go with the communication bit from Sue is Sam Horn's Tongue Fu! at School. It's all about positive, nonviolent communication.

How come it's taking so long for the blaze news to come out,realy need yo pick up the pace, because we've all been looking forward to getting them!!!!!

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