On Negotiation

Negotiation seems to me to be the greatest tool ever invented for the creation and maintenance of peaceful association. While engaged in negotiation, each party necessarily affords every other party certain considerations, which include: respect, equality, and justice. If these concepts are of value to you, then the use of negotiation should pattern your every association. I see no reason why this should not include our association with our children. Do they deserve the considerations of respect, equality, and justice? I think so, and as these concepts are valuable to me, I hope that they become valuable to them. It seems there’s only one way that can happen: the consistent use of negotiation. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.