Family Pledge of Non-violence
The Nonviolent Parenting Pledge
I ________________________, pledge that any child entrusted to my care will be raised in an atmosphere of compassion, kindness, rationality and unconditional love, in keeping with the principles of nonviolence.
I reject any method of aggressive physical discipline, no matter how commonly accepted, that would cause me to act in a violent way, inflict harm on another person, or otherwise compromise my personal dedication to nonviolence. I therefore reject all variations of spanking, hitting, smacking, whipping, pinching, burning, hair pulling, etc. as acceptable forms of discipline.
I also pledge never to threaten, demean, humiliate or purposefully frighten any child entrusted to my care, as I believe that such actions, by their very nature, would violate the nonviolent principles by which I have chosen to live. I therefore also reject all methods of authoritarian bullying, including mental, emotional and verbal aggression, as acceptable forms of discipline.
Furthermore, with humility and an open heart, I pledge to always look for peaceful, reasonable and nonviolent ways to address problems, correct negative behaviors, or otherwise administer positive discipline to any child entrusted to my care. I recognize that a more peaceful, compassionate and child-friendly environment begins with my own actions, informed by my personal dedication to the principles of nonviolence.
Witnessed by ________________________
This document has been provided courtesy of,
The Network for Non Violent Parenting and
The Indy Artists' Peace Project
***When a child hits a child society calls it aggression. When a child hits an adult society calls it hostility. When an adult hits an adult society calls it assault. But when an adult hits a child society calls it discipline.