Saturday, October 13, 2012

Students Celebrate International Day of Peace

The General Assembly of the United Nations declared September 21st as the International Day of Peace.  Since the first year of celebration, many schools around the country have used that commemoration to influence children on the importance of world peace.  So this past September 21st, I took a film crew with me to an amazing Montessori school, deep in the Berkshires of Massachusetts to see what they were doing.

Everything I teach in my parenting program and all that I feature on my television show is dedicated to increasing the peacefulness in families and classrooms.  If we hope to have less war and conflict in the future, and more love and compassion for one another, then it's up to us to cultivate that in our children who will be responsible for carrying out the plan.

The director of this school, Meagan Ledendecker, asked each of the classes at the Montessori School of the Berkshires, to create a project that would represent their own celebration of world peace.  Upon hearing about this challenge, it became my goal to capture on film, many of the class projects that would eventually be put on display for all the parents to see.  The clip below is an excerpt from the most recent episode of my television show, featuring some of the activities at the school on this day.

The school featured in the clip above ( is making a major contribution to bringing about more peace in the world.  And parents can be make a difference with their children as well.  In the clip below ( from the same show, I offered parents 10 tips for raising a more peaceful child.  See if you're doing any of these with your family.

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  1. This is so important for the future of our children and the world. I hope someday all the wars end!

  2. Thank you Carolyn, I agree with you. And it is up to our children to end those wars, so let's start helping them do it now. As author John C. Whitehead once said, "Our children are messages we send to a time we will not see."

  3. I love your emphasis on peace, Bill ... and I enjoyed the Montessori project. Your tips for parents are awesome! I pinned your post to my Stress-Free Kids Board at

  4. Thanks Deb! Adults are allowing too loud of a world into their children's lives. We need to help grow a more peaceful generation to heal this world.


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