Re: A Conscious Effort to Hurt Them

Writes Jaci Dunsford on this photo:

There was a deep anxiety present in my parents as they brought me up. Sadly, because this becomes unconscious, I fear it was still there in me when I parented my children. It takes some overcoming – first by acknowledging it, then by owning it and seeing it for what it is…. and then letting it go, for good.

I’m glad I found the peaceful path as early as I did. My son, now 7, still remembers me spanking him, but neither her nor his little sister will ever be hit again.


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Founder and editor of and, 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.