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Kim John Payne Lecture on "Social Inclusion"
Kim John Payne, author of “Simplicity Parenting” and “The Soul of Discipline,” will visit Urban Prairie on October 6-9, 2016, to work directly with our faculty. As a part of the visit, he will also offer a Thursday night lecture on “Social Inclusion and the New Rites of Passage.” This will be an amazing opportunity for parents to transform their children’s experience of excluding or being excluded by others.
Unfortunately, bullying (in person and online) is a serious issue facing children today. As much as parents try to raise considerate and kind children, they are still faced with the reality that there is a statistically high likelihood that their children will either be bullied or will intentionally exclude other children. Kim will discuss a way of combating the problems of isolation and exclusion that he has developed over his past 24 years working with children from all over the world.
The Social Inclusion approach emphasizes helping children change negative social patterns without needing to be blamed and shamed. Rather, matters are dealt with openly and firmly but not judgmentally. We will explore why certain children get picked on while others bully, how to make teasing guidelines that children understand and use, and how to facilitate discussions around social exclusion issues.