Respecting Earth & Child
Child Honouring is a unique social change revolution, one with the child at its heart. It is a positive vision that holds "the primacy of early years" as key to activating the powerful potential of our species.Learn More
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How a community can positively affect the lives of its children.
How to shape safe environments for children, including screen-time
How to build an economy that respects children today and in the future
How to create a community inclusive of diversity and delight in our differences.
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Greetings from our New Executive Director
Hello! My name is Ocean Kneeland and I am delighted to be in the role of Executive Director for the Raffi Foundation for Child Honouring. I live on the ancestral lands of the Cowichan Tribes and am grateful for the opportunity to live, work, rest, and play in this place of immense beauty and diversity. …
Raffi at the BC Legislature
In a very special surprise, the BC Legislature was treated to an extraordinary guest on Thursday, February 9. “Hold the bananaphone, honorable speaker, Raffi is in the building,” Sonia Furstenau, leader of the BC Green Party, announced to MLA’s. Raffi was delighted to be Sonia’s guest of honor as she spoke about his work as …
Black Lives Matter To Me (BLMTM) Activities (for Ages 3 through 18)
To submit your children’s artwork by February 28, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Parents and Educators, new opportunity alert! In recognition of February being Black History Month, we are sharing our “Black Lives Matter to Me” educational activity guide to engage children in conversations around freedom, justice, and the Black Lives Matter movement. We invite you …
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A Lifetime of Child Honouring
The founder of Child Honouring, Raffi is a world-renowned children’s singer who is a passionate advocate for a child’s right to live free of commercial exploitation.Learn More
It speaks to the need to respect children as whole people and to encourage them to know their own voices. Children need the kind of love that sees them. Respectful love instills self-worth; it’s the prime nutrient in human development. Children need this not only from parents and caregivers, but from the whole community.
Diversity is about abundance: of human dreams, intelligences, cultures, and cosmologies; of earthly splendours and ecosystems. Introducing children to biodiversity and human diversity at an early age builds on their innate curiosity. There’s a world of natural wonders to discover, and a wealth of cultures, of ways to be human. Comforted by how much we share, we’re able to delight in our differences.
Caring Community refers to the “village” it takes to raise a child. The community can positively affect the lives of its children. Child-friendly shopkeepers, family resource centres, green schoolyards, bicycle lanes, and pesticide-free parks are some of the ways a community can support its young.
Conscious Parenting can be taught from an early age; it begins with empathy for newborns. Elementary and secondary schools could teach nurturant parenting (neither permissive nor oppressive) and provide insight into the child-rearing process. Such knowledge helps to deter teen pregnancies and unwanted children. Emotionally aware parents are much less likely to perpetuate abuse or neglect.
Emotional Intelligence sums up what early life is about: a time for exploring emotions in a safe setting, learning about feelings and how to express them. Those who feel loved are most able to learn and to show compassion for others. Emotional management builds character and is more important to later success than IQ. Cooperation, play, and creativity all foster the “EQ” needed for a joyful life.
Nonviolence is central to emotional maturity, to family relations, to community values, and to the character of societies that aspire to live in peace. It means more than the absence of aggression; it means living with compassion. Regarding children, it means no corporal punishment, no humiliation, no coercion. “First do no harm,” the physicians’ oath, must now apply to all our relations; it can become a mantra for our times. A culture of peace begins in a nonviolent heart, and a loving home.
Safe Environments foster a child’s feeling of security and belonging. The very young need protection from the toxic influences that permeate modern life–from domestic neglect and maltreatment, to the corporate manipulations of their minds, to the poisonous chemicals entering their bodies. The first years are when children are most impressionable and vulnerable; they need safeguarding.
Sustainability refers not merely to conservation of resources, renewable energy development, and anti-pollution laws. To be sustainable, societies need to build social capacity by investing in their young citizens, harnessing the productive power of a contented heart. The loving potential of every young child is a potent source for good in the world.
Ethical Commerce is fundamental to a child-honouring world. It includes a revolution in the design, manufacture and sale of goods; corporate reform; “triple bottom line” business; full-cost accounting; tax and subsidy shifts; political and economic cycles that reward long-term thinking. Ethical commerce would enable a restorative economy devoted to the well being of the very young.