Each year, on 21 of September is celebrated internationally the Day of Peace around the world. This particular day is fixed by the UN and has a predefined theme. In 2016 we talk about “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”
The first time the Day of Peace was celebrated in 1981, with the intent to strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. There are in total 193 Member States of the United Nations, which decided the goals to be achieved by 2030 with regards to the sustainability.
“The people of the world have asked us to shine a light on a future of promise and opportunity. The Member States have responded with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development… It is an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms. An agenda for the planet, our common home. An agenda for shared prosperity, peace and partnership.” — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
But what means celebrating peace for each of us, and especially for parents who have to educate their children, future politics, inventors, etc, in our everyday life? There are many ways to participate on this celebration! From education to the arts, social justice, and sports, health to the environment, neighborhood issues to services for others, one’s imagination is the only limit. As members of the UN, we all have a right and a duty towards our community. The engagement can be taken individually, as well as in families, groups or participating in events.
A few of these ones can be listed here: Community gathering, Collaborative intercultural and interfaith dialogue, Yoga, Writing peace poetry, Peace education events, Minute of silence at noon and so much more. Also, you can get involved by joining the online community of Peace one day (a non-profit organization, established in 1999).
Teaching values to our little ones
Educate your children for a peaceful world means to educate them based on values. In a world where there is an increasing fear for war and violence, teaching peace for our little ones is fundamental. They are our future and this depends on us and the good values we transmit them through the process of growth.
“To educate a person in mind and not morals is to educate a menace to society.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
Some psychologists think values are impossible to teach, and it is certainly true that telling kids to be more honest, or diligent, or considerate, doesn’t work any better than telling adults to be. But if values are impossible to teach, they are too important to leave to chance.
What values shall we teach?
As we said before, teaching values to our children is essential. Values transform into thoughts, concepts or ideas, but most appreciate is the behavior, what people do.
For this approach to people and how they influence our values in relationships with others and our environment, we leave a list of the main values that we should convey to our children to be good people, happy and able to give happiness.
– Kindness: It is important what we said but also the way we say it. We all have problems and pains that haunt our heads, so no need to mistreat anyone. Talk and treat people with kindness, no matter what happens, it is a fundamental value that makes your child strong and also respectful. Respect and tolerance: Fundamental to be respected, respect others in all its forms and circumstances. To respect diversity and not impose our point of view, will contribute in making us richer in culture and knowledge.
– Love for nature: We live in nature, same as animals. If you love where you live, you appreciate it and treat it well.
– Generosity: To be generous doesn’t have to do with material possessions, but also with how we treat others. Who is generous with their fellows, learns to be happy with the happiness of others. Also, someone generous knows that the community’s wellbeing reflects on its own well-being. Generosity awakens solidarity and compassion.
– Gratitude: We must make children understand that gifts do not come alone. Behind a gift or a nice gesture, there is a person who appreciates us, loves us and treats us well. THANK YOU expression is one of the most beautiful.
– Responsibility: It is the value that makes us stronger in adversity and aware that we have both duties and obligations. Responsibility brings us closer to humility because it makes us accept mistakes. We have to teach our children commitment, which is essential and necessary to fulfill purposes and duties that we assume in life.
Put in practice
Create a particular atmosphere in the house by lightening some candles, or plant a tree so that your kids do realise that is a special day.
Peace can be taught and can be achieved by a daily commitment, not just one per year. Here are some examples of what you can do to bring more of peaceful feeling in your family:
1. Make room for peace at home – always remember that the outer peace begins with the inner peace. If we have a calm atmosphere in our house, it is easier for our kids to create the same in the inside world. Especially for kids, it’s important to have a good example to follow. They will try to do anything their parents do because we are their idols. Begin with taking time for expressing your creativity through art and writing.
2. Find Peace in nature– this is the ideal playground for children and parents to come together. Take a walk, observe with them the environment and educate them on taking care of the outside world.
3. Creative play– creativity places an important role when it comes to peace. Children find peace in playing and having unstructured creative time. This is why it is so important to choose carefully their toys and to play with them as well. Observe their draws, it can tell you so many things about their inner world.
4. Support peace Education At School– it is important that what you teach your children at home can be done in the same way at school. This is the place where your children will spend most of the time. For as much time as you could invest in their education, teachers play a fundamental role in their development as well.
We in #TheNowFamily will celebrate the Day of Peace. Will you join us?