Restoration Matters at Home
In raising our children, how many times do we wish we had not lost our tempers or given an unfair punishment when we fail to hear the whole story? With restorative practices, there are small ways you can keep your child on the path of goodness and improve the way you approach discipline.
Parents are the first teachers of conflict management with their children. Make sure you teach first about love. As you reflect on your style of discipline, consider the quality of the relationship you have with your child and why you think discipline is important.
Children will learn more for their mistakes than they will from a punishment. When you expect a child to make things right, this inspires that child through love. But when we seek to punish, we must ask what we hope to accomplish by asserting power and control over a child. For example, if a child damages property, discuss how to replace what was lost and repair the relationship to the owner of that property. Doing this with your child will communicate your unconditional love, but a firm disposition to repair the harm.
Restoration Matters in Our Community
When there is harm, who is affected? If someone steals from one of your neighbors, you might wonder if you could also be a target. Your neighbor may need your help to replace what was taken, or may be worried and ask for your help in feeling safe again. Every act of harm has a ripple effect on the community.
Our Restoration Matters team can provide training and support to transform community conflicts. The Restoration Team has conducted countless training sessions to prevent serious conflicts from occurring. We also provide materials and support when traumatic events occur, such as natural disasters or unexpected violent events. Our Team can provide training to help your organization prepare for unexpected events.