These principles stem from Raffi’s Covenant for Honouring Children.
Of course, I realise that everything in the world impacts our children. It has to. Still, I confess that previously, certain concepts hadn’t naturally dovetailed into my gentle parenting mindset as a writer and change maker. For example, I’d not spent much time thinking about the organisation of corporate leadership as it relates to our children’s daily lives. His course spelled out the connection in an incredibly thought-provoking way. More than just spelling it out, though, the course tells us what we can do about it.
I feel immense gratitude to Raffi and his team of experts for including such comprehensive and incredibly pertinent content.
I want to be clear that this course is not just for people like me. Sure, I’m a parenting writer and a mother. However, the course is also for mums who aren’t parenting writers. And dads. And educators and business people. In short, I’d suggest it for everyone who breathes air. We all contribute to the world of children.
Raffi’s Child Honouring course spoke to my heart. If you’ve read anything I’ve written elsewhere, you know I write about that which speaks to my heart-even topics that some would say are taboo for a gentle parenting writer (for instance, my articles about racism, homelessness, and global sustainability).
Raffi’s course is not a parenting course about how to change diapers. This is a course about how to change the world.
It spoke to my heart strongly.
Raffi’s Child Honouring course covers many of the topics that really matter. Within the modules I noted above, you’ll hear about kids and the media (a hot topic for sure!), how to change that which has become “standard” in society even when it’s to the detriment of future generations, and so much more of the real work of changing life for the better. The information isn’t purely cerebral; it’s downright practical and actionable.
I like to think of myself as a very socially conscious person. Even so, wow-I have some areas to develop in my own life. This is hard, personal work that involves changing habits, and in some cases, habits we didn’t even realise we had.
This course lit a fire in my belly to live differently. To live better. I’m different than I was prior to taking it; I’d like to think, better.
Raffi’s Child Honouring course spoke to my child. This was entirely unexpected, but when I mentioned to my six-year-old that I was going to take an online class about parenting (I simplified it for her), she asked if she could take it with me. Now, our family is very light on screen usage, and even more so for my child.
My inclination was to say no because of that, but then I asked myself, “Should a child know about Child Honouring?” Of course she should. So, we paced our viewing to an hour or so, every other day. I watched some of the content I wasn’t sure would be age appropriate on my own time. The parts she did watch, she loved. She asked for more.
One of the most surprising things that came of it was the depth of some of the discussions we had after watching the videos together. We’ve covered all the topics before, but the course was the impetus for her really internalising some of the concepts. Case in point: we’re a pretty environmentally-conscious family. Still, after her birthday, she passionately insisted that we save the streamers from her party to use again another year “…because Raffi said it’s important to reuse things whenever possible and not throw them away.” (She must’ve forgotten that we’d already used the streamers for her two prior birthdays, but still, I was impressed.)
It’s a tricky balance trying to model respect for all parents, but it’s also important that I plant the seeds for her to become a change maker, herself.
I love the discussions that are coming out of having involved her. Children deserve to know how they should expect to be treated.
You can sign up for Raffi’s Child Honouring course here. I want to be clear: I get nothing from this. It’s not an affiliate link. I simply see a need for the world to internalise his critically important messages, so I’m sharing my thoughts here in this forum.
We’re parenting for a better world. Throughout much of the training, I caught myself thinking, “The world needs more of Raffi.” As I continued to reflect on that, however, I realised something different. More than needing more Raffi, the world needs parents, caregivers, and entire communities to commit themselves to living the messages he shares in this course. Imagine a world that’s better not only for his influence, but even more so, for your influence, as you embody the Child Honouring principles-and model them for the next generation. After all, we’re parenting for a better world, aren’t we?
Originally published here.
Sarah Moore is a published writer, positive parenting educator, wellness advocate, and world traveller. Her work spans the globe, reaching readers on six continents and appearing in publications such as The Natural Parent Magazine, Scary Mommy, and Macaroni Kid.
She has been certified by the Raffi Foundation for Child Honouring. She wholeheartedly recommends the course for parents, educators, and all others who influence the lives of children.
She also holds BA/MFS degrees in Journalism, French, and Media/Arts/Cultural Production. Read more about Sarah here.