Championing Childhood and Family Relations: Social Innovations Cultivating a Partnership World

Championing Childhood and Family Relations: Social Innovations Cultivating a Partnership World

By Laureen Golden, MEd, LCSW and Kimberlee Belcher-Badal, PhD, Partnership Community Why Talk about ‘Patterns of Power’ in Childhood and Family Relations? Systems of domination are perpetuated by adults exercising power over children1. “No amount of external physical coercion could ever be enough to sustain [domination’s]2 rule without [its] messages getting internalized. . . [which] is why [such] system(s) control both the upbringing of children and the stories that propagate in the culture 3.” The work of social systems scientist Dr. Riane Eisler advocates a shift in worldview from a domination (power over)…continue reading →
My Mother the Comedian: A Snapshot & Reflection on Childhood and Family Systems

My Mother the Comedian: A Snapshot & Reflection on Childhood and Family Systems

By Jen Taylor, Partnership Leader The phone rings. It’s my mother. “Jenny, I figured it out.” “Okay.” “We’re all dominators. That’s what humans are. We act to dominate and that’s what we are doing to each other.” “Sure, mom, humans in today’s world can’t help but be touched with dominator tendencies.” “Yes it’s just nascent to humans.” “Well, we’re not born with it, but it gets taught to us early on.” “That’s what I said.” “Exactly,” I say, “and it turns out this initial imprinting on our neural pathways is pretty significant in…continue reading →
Liberating Childhood and Our World

Liberating Childhood and Our World

by Teresa Graham Brett, JD, Partnership Community As a parent-to-be, I committed myself to learning about the physical and emotional needs of children. I made conscious choices about the foods we provided. I delved into research about child development so I could provide developmentally appropriate experiences. I thought about my own childhood and imagined how I might do things differently than my parents. Outside of my parenting, I had spent 15 years working towards social justice in higher education, I thought about how I wanted to raise children who understood the concepts of oppression, discrimination and bias so that…continue reading →
Voicing Our Sovereignty as Women

Voicing Our Sovereignty as Women

By Suzy Adra, CPS Partnership Community I recently went to see the movie, Mary Queen of Scots. I love historical movies and I figured this would be a treat. Needless to say it was a great movie but as I walked out to my car that night, I could sense a lump in my throat and a feeling of disgust of humanity washed over me, and I knew exactly why it was there. Childhood memories of having to keep my mouth shut, and keeping anything that went against the status quo completely to…continue reading →
Partnership in Action: The Alchemic Power of Circle

Partnership in Action: The Alchemic Power of Circle

by Sande Hart, Charter for Compassion Women and Girls We at the Charter for Compassion Women and Girls sector have been thinking ahead to 2020, a significant year in the United States, being the 100 anniversary of the 19th amendment, the 150th anniversary of the suffragist movement, the 400th year of landing on Plymouth rock, and a Presidential election year that is already shaping up to redefine what it means for women running for office. Yet, what is undeniably present everywhere we look is a new sense of “awoke-ness”, a wake up call…continue reading →
Update from Brie Mathers: Partnership Next Generation

Update from Brie Mathers: Partnership Next Generation

January 17, 2019 Brie Mathers, Founder of Love the Skin You’re In, is a member of the Speaker's Bureau for the Center for Partnership Studies and an ambassador for CPS' "Partnership Next Gen" program. Who's Holding Your Inner Talking Stick? Last Saturday 20 moms and middle school-aged daughters climbed the stairs that run along the side of our house and poured into the front door. For the next seven hours an inaugural mother/daughter retreat came to life—Love the Skin You're In partnered with Amy Ahlers’ Inner Mean Girl/Inner Wisdom project—and my living room…continue reading →
4 Ways to Create Partnership Families

4 Ways to Create Partnership Families

by Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW, CPS Partnership Leader If every child grew up in a home where partnership was practiced, the world would be transformed. That is my vision, and I’m on a mission to help families develop partnership patterns and shed the shackles of domination that have formed rigid family roles. I want all people to see themselves as important caregivers in the lives of others, as creators of their lives, and as crucial leaders in the larger world. I want children to feel connected to themselves and others, to…continue reading →
Be yourself … a perfectly, imperfect awakened mother

Be yourself … a perfectly, imperfect awakened mother

by Wendy Silvers, CPS Partnership Community My daughter, Joie-May, who turns 18 in a few weeks, created this wise graphic when she was 8 years old. Isn't this insightful? I just love the simplicity of her illustration and the clarity and declaration of her message! Whoever said, wisdom is wasted on the young, certainly didn't spend much time empowering these amazing beings. It is incredible to behold their natural intelligence and authenticity bloom. A child who is loved at the very depth of their being, just for being, grows into a healthy, conscious adult…continue reading →
The joy of intergenerational connection

The joy of intergenerational connection

Young children naturally practice the caring reciprocity of Partnership family and community relationships by Suzanne Jones, CPS Partnership Community A couple of decades ago, I read about research conducted on the development of male/female roles in children. I was surprised to read that at the pre-school level, ages 3 and 4, differences in relationship interactions and social values between children (males and males and females and females) were already surfacing. For example, as I recall, males would often play games such as King of the Mountain, where they would gain a hierarchical position,…continue reading →
Trust the child: how the Montessori philosophy reflects Partnership values

Trust the child: how the Montessori philosophy reflects Partnership values

by Sheryl Morris, CPS Partnership Community “... what human beings so passionately want and need: the fulfillment of truly loving and equitable intimate relations based on mutual respect, caring, and trust.” ––Riane Eisler, Sacred Pleasure One reason Riane Eisler’s messages resonate with me so strongly is the connection I also have with the Montessori early childhood teaching philosophy and the influences from voices in the broader arena of “holistic” education. I envision more partnerships forming between the various holistic-based education systems, such as Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio, etc.; one basic tenet of these approaches…continue reading →