Empathy vs Sympathy. One of the three main pillars of being a Maverick is empathetic intelligence. Being able to respectfully understand another person is true wisdom. David Nayer explains that Knowing the difference of empathy vs sympathy is vital if you want a true understanding of any situation. David Nayer has been studying Marshall Rosenberg's work and teaching nonviolent communication for over 20 years. He has seen the positive impact of Rosenberg's system not only in the realm of parenting but also in business. This interview is the perfect introduction for you or someone you know who see's the value of authentic communication in all areas of their lives. In this Episode of How To Raise a Maverick, you will learn... What is nonviolent communication? The difference of empathy vs sympathy. Protective use of force and how to use it. Why empathy is so important. Resources Nonviolent Communication: Create Your Life. Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values by Marshall Rosenberg On Becoming a Person by Carl Rogers Why Kids Lie by Paul Ekman
Mindfulness and Kids. April Prescott Knows Exactly How and Why to Teach it.
What is mindfulness?
We all want our kids to have the mental tools to deal with adversity. Meditation and mindfulness are great ways to find inner peace. But getting kids to sit and meditate !?! That's way out of the scope of my parenting skills. If one of them asked, "What is mindfulness?" Could you explain it? Seems like a long shot right? Well, April Prescott has some great advice and tools to help both you, your kids or your students learn mindfulness.
When listing the meditation benefits, I'm sure someone out there would say that mindfulness can cure any ailment and solve all the worlds problems. I'm not so sure about all that, but I will say there is something to the idea that meditation can get you through painful situations (mentally at least). We are all familiar with the monk's self-immolation as a form of protest (and various other reasons) that was carried out with little or no expression of pain. Meditation can be extremely powerful or in my case a tiny bit "moving." Either way, after talking with April Prescott I am convinced that that mindfulness can and should be taught to our kids as early as preschool. Here's to mindful parenting!
As time pushes on we have had to make uncountable adjustments in our culture and the way we define being human. There is a new movement emerging and Bryan Ward is at the helm. As quoted from his blog ThirdWayMan.com in the past there were two options for men:
"1: The way of the asshole. OR 2.The way of the coward
The first way is the way of the Asshole. The Asshole is the man who relies on brute force to get what he wants. He is High Strength, Low Love.
The second way is the way of the Coward. The Coward is the man who plays “nice guy” in hopes someone will throw him a bone. He is High Love, Low Strength.
We reject these two equally shitty options.
We choose option three.
The THIRD WAY MAN lives a life of BENEVOLENT POWER: for his own sake, and the sake of those he serves. He is High Strength, High Love. He is the full package."
Bryans fresh take on what it mean to be a man in this modern world is refreshing, inspiring and needed.
Thanks again Bryan for introducing us to the Third Way Man!
The birds and bees talk.
It's "the birds and bees talk" month here at How to Raise a Maverick. I know, I know! It's so much easier to hear learn and see parenting articles that have to do with bedtimes and what school your kid should go to. But the sex talk is completely different than what it was when we were growing up. Why, you ask? Well, it has everything to do with the internet (as you might have guessed). If you don't talk to your kids about sex honestly they will go looking for the truth online and trust me you definitely don't want that to happen. "Talking about sex so openly with kids is weird, awkward and not the way we were raised." You know what else is weird and awkward, read these facts put out by Fight The New Drug to see the effects pornography is having on the youth of today. Many parents argue that "their kids would never get into trouble online and besides, they have all the filters to keep them safe." I personally know some really good kids that have gotten around the filters and have been pulled into nightmarish situations (I feel a rant coming on... but I'll spare you monolog).