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. 

Signature ___________________________

Witnessed by ________________________

Date _______________________________

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.

Our Mission

The MISSION of the Action Team to End Hitting Children is to gather many people to do small jobs for the purpose of diminishing and finally ending the hitting of children. By "htiting" we mean to include beating, spanking, slapping, shaking, popping, and any other form of physical or emotional punishment that demeans the child and creates emotional, mental, and physical harm. Our strategy is to use many people to do small amounts of work that create momentum to make a difference. 

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