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Teaching Children To Be Peacemakers

Updated on July 11, 2011

Peace seeds take root within each heart. Nourished & Loved, Peace growth will start.

Roots dig deeper, limbs reach for the sun, Peace blossoms erupt for everyone.

The fruit of peace grows juicy & ripe. Like new moon to full in a starry night.

Peace seeds then fall to the fertile ground. The circle complete & Peace all around.

(Peace Pie Mandala Project - poem by Jennifer Star)

Children Are The Seeds of Peace

How very important it is today to have Peacemakers in our world. Blessed be the firemen that put out the flames that roar and blessed be the peacemakers in a time of endless war.

Peace starts in the home and it is the time right NOW for teaching our children to be Peacemakers. World peace is greatly dependent upon the training and education of our children. The seeds of peace begin with them.

Teach Peace

If we are going to bring about peace in the world, we have to begin with the children ~Mahatma Gandhi

You may be struck with how young and sweet some little children look on the outside but do you know what lurks on the inside? Do they hurt? Are they angry? Has a wrong worldly desire taken control of their heart and temporarily rule over their life?

And what consequences do you think our children will experience in their future if they give in to those desires?

Resolving Conflict

Peacemaking is an essential step in teaching our children to resolve conflict within themselves and amongst their friends. Most of what they learn about getting along with others and treating themselves with respect is what they see their parents do at home. Parents clearly have the primary responsibility to model and teach with an open and loving heart.

I know as a mother that this does not always come naturally. It is common to become exasperated when teaching children. We must ourselves model the language of peace before we can teach our children to be peacemakers. It requires a great deal of faith, careful instruction and diligent practice.

Conflict does not destroy relationships or send hostile armies against each other or breakup families who are bruised and hurting from the hard knocks of life.

If not conflict then what?

It is our refusal to resolve the conflict. We refuse to bend to see the other persons point of view.

So what's the fix to resolving conflict?

Negotiation and Compromise - Getting people to understand the tremendous cost when they stubbornly refuse to resolve issues is the toughest part of all.

It is easier to double up our fists and yell and scream but it takes humility to make peace.

There Are Many Ways To Teach Children To Be Peacemakers

Teach Children to be Peacemakers through Music

Planting and Harvesting

Plant your seeds of peace daily with your children and your harvest time will soon to come.

The roots within them will start to grow and a harvest of peace will begin to show.

Help the children be the change they want to see in the world by teaching them to be peacemakers.


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      katrina 5 years ago

      i think peace is a wonderful thing to have

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      Marc Daniels 5 years ago

      You might be interested in my weed out hate; sow the seeds of peace program...

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      peaceismypurpose 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for your thoughts. We share a common vision.

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      IamPeace 6 years ago

      Thank you for this Peace hub. I am at home, i agree with everything, i love you. I like to "play" with words and let me tell you that hub means the star center in IT technology for networks, and means Love in arabic. May "Peace hub" be the home of everyone, may Peace be within everyone.

      Let me share a project i have, i am still seeking how to start it. May be i ll have some ideas from the members here : The project is called For a human fair world.

      I want to start it under the shape of company or association or a school. The educational tool is human developpement and spirituality to be integrated in every school and university program all levels, and to be maintained and taught in spirituality centers for adults. The goal is To raise virtuous values, to lower vicious ones, to put family as the central fundamental value, to teach how to be and stay in peace within, with one's environment, to make all the countries sign, as it was done for environment in Copenhague, a Universal treaty on sacrality of life that will give sense to Human rights, to make companies become human in their inner organisation and to make them belong more and more to their employees, to make medias change their way of communicating by putting a limit of their freedom which is not disturbing social Peace, to stop considering individuals as economical tools, to give unused crops to those who need them worldwide instead of destroying them because they may disturb international stock market, to convert defense budget to education, human development and infrastructures, to develop ecological tourism to plant trees, take care of Mother Earth, to stop divisions among religions, to do any other action to turn this planet into a brotherhood one living in Peace all together, praying one Loving God.

      This is on my FB page :

      "If we are to teach real peace in this world, we shall have to start with the children."

      "There is no way to peace, peace is the way"


      Love blessings

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      jamestomerson 7 years ago from New York, USA

      very informative post, really. Thanks

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      ArlanBerglas 7 years ago

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      noorin 7 years ago from Canada

      Great hub, enjoyed the read. =) Looking forward for more of ur hubs, will be following you =)

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks for stopping by Sally's Trove, I appreciate your comments.

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      Sherri 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      You are so right. It starts with children. If they are loved and accepted and encouraged and have good examples to follow, then they may be peacemakers, the seeds of peace.

      The responsibility rests on us parents, us grownups. If we have peace in our hearts, it will transfer to the children. If we have envy, jealousy, hatred, short-sightedness, that will transfer too.

      Thank you for this message to parents. I hope they are listening.

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      Moneylady 8 years ago from Texas

      Hi Great work! I enjoyed reading this. Looking forward to more!

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi frogyfish, sorry for long delay in response, been fighting the flu and I'm thankful it wasn't the swine. I forgot about the date on the vid, and just went back to check, hmmmmm, rather strange date to have on a peace vid, don't ya think?

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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      "peace seeds", how neat! How true! Lovely words here and I enjoyed the children's song too. Was interested in the date on the video too...any ulterior meaning meant there?

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Your comment dayzeebee is a perfect example when teaching children, it might not always seem they are listening at the moment but like you say words can strike and be used for good later on in life. Thank you for the thumbs up. May you continue to bask in the fullness of peace my friend. Hugs:)

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Dottie, I suddenly remember my childhood days when this movie on tv showed people singing "all we are saying is give peace a chance" and that struck me well enough that I can still hear the song clearly today. I guess this just goes to show that if we do expose kids to the concept of peace early on then it will have a positive effect in their adult life. Thumbs up and thank you for being such a loving, tender, peace loving friend. Hugs:)

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks DeBorrah for the nice compliment and thanks too for passing thru and sharing your thoughts. It was nice to meet you.:)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      Great hub!

      You did a wonderful job here! It is really a good idea to raise your children to be peacemakers. It really helps to instill in them good conflict resolution skills this builds their confidence and give them lifelong coping skills.

      Thank you for sharing.


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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Thank you so much for stopping by skye2day and for sharing your comments. I'm on my way to check out your new hub.

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      skye2day 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Dottie This is a Fantastic Hub Thank You so much for sharing. You are so right on. Our children need to be taught peace and love not dark. Your writing is truly blessed.

      Thank You Blessings

      Check my new hub Go Bless Hub Pages

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks quicksand, I appreciate your comment.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      If children don't quarrel as children, they would not quarrel when they grow up either. You are right! :)

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      A child is eager to learn and has great potential from birth to age 10 so it is wise to prepare them young on how to interact with their environment and with other people in a positive way which is critical to their success. I agree, swathin2, to get their mind set early to that which helps all. Thanks for that comment.

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      swathin2 8 years ago

      anyone can easily learn the things when they are at their child hood and if we teach them with the lessons like this in the starting stages itself they will have their mid set tot hat which helps all..

      nice one

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Hi SamSurvivor,

      Great comment! Thanks. I think children who bully are only doing so because they have never been taught how to express their feelings or to ask for what they need in a friendly way. Sad that some will never learn.

      But we can teach our children how not to be a victim by teaching them how to assert themselves effectively. Children can learn through role-playing with puppets or with each other how to express their feelings and needs in a productive way, respecting others, asking nicely and how to respond appropriately to hurtful behavior.

      Children need to be taught early the rewards of standing up for themselves rather than solely seeking approval from others.

      And we parents of course need to demonstrate and be good role models in our own lives where our children can see and learn firsthand.

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      SamSurvivor 8 years ago

      Hey Dot,

      Nice Hub and a great theory. The problem is, not all children will be taught to resolve their problems. I think it's great to do so, but it must be balanced out by also teaching them not to be victims.

      There will always be bully's, whether you're a school yard kid or a Country. It's how you stand up to these bullies that will determine whether or not you become a victim.

      Best to teach 'em early that it's Noble to be a peacemaker but also teach them that they don't have to be victims. Sometimes when you turn the other cheek you get clobbered in the back!

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      The molding process, like you said anglnwu is not easy, and the rewards are not instantaneous and we wonder if our kids hear us most days.

      Now that my kids are older I can assure mothers the seed got planted but just lays dormant for a while and until the ripe time you will see your kids living out what you thought they didn't hear and you smile and say to yourself "so they did hear me".

      Just think of all the times when your children weren't in the same room and you were speaking softly so they couldn't hear and they pop in with their thoughts on your conversation. "They hear everything, they just pretend they don't", lol.

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      anglnwu 9 years ago

      If we all grow a little peace in our children, if everybody does their part, the world will definitely be a better place. The molding process may not be easy but as you say, it's very fulfilling when you sow seeds of peace in children.

      Once again, nicely done.

      And thanks for voting for my hubnugget :) Came in 2nd.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks tony for shedding light with the Dave Mustaine quote. It brought to mind the Lenny Kravitz song "we want peace and we want it FAST". It seems to be how many are raising their children today, we want it NOW! Like you commented "Maybe our kids can get It right If we teach them right".

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks frogyfish for pointing out that there are special rewards for living in peace.  How true to know there are many!  Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for coming by.

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      tony0724 9 years ago from san diego calif

      Dottie I believe that a hub like this Is so relevant In these modern times .Maybe our kids can get It right If we teach them right ! I like something Dave Mustaine said about his song " Peace Sells " To Quote : When you talk about peace everybody Is for It but no one wants to give up anything !

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      frogyfish 9 years ago from Central United States of America

      What tremendous truth are presented here - the truth of it all and the reward of our living it - peacemaking - can only bring special rewards! Thank you for the this wonderful hub, pictures, music, thoughts, sharing!

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Yay...I hope to see you around for a long time Charia. :)

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      Charia Samher 9 years ago

      Thank you, Dottie! By becoming one of the nominees, inspire me more to do better and stay longer. =)

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      How true Charia. More than once my now grown children have mocked me and stopped me dead in my tracks; thinking did I just say that! lol... Thanks for stopping by. It's always nice to see you. :)

      BTW Charia I just read your profile again and am now on my way to vote for you in the hubnuggets. Congrats for being a nominee! Hope you win!

      Hi Brenda, I'm listening to the song again. It has a good message. I'm glad you enjoyed.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thank you ripplemaker. You have a peaceful week! :)

      Thank you Triplet Mom for stopping by. I appreciate your comments.

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      \Brenda Scully 9 years ago

      Listening to the song as I write this.... It is good to teach our children about peace... great hub

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      Charia Samher 9 years ago

      Children do what they see. If we teach them now the importance of peace maybe we'll have a less violent world in the future. This is a wonderful contribution to "Hub for Peace", thank you for sharing this and some of the tools to help the children learn the value of peace. =)

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      Triplet Mom 9 years ago from West Coast

      Dottie - How wonderful. This a great hub and important too. Children are our future.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I too love what violetsun shared about teaching meditation to children as a way to teach them peace. :-) Hmmmm....all these ideas are running in my head! Thank you Dottie and Violetsun. Have a peaceful weekend.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thank you Debbie, so true we do get lost and need to be reminded from time to time, I know I do! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      FORGET-ME-NOT 9 years ago


      What a lovely and inspiring article. I hope some teachers read and take the information into their classrooms as well as parents. We all need to remember how important a little understanding and compassion is in our daily lives. Sometimes, I think we get lost in the day-to-day and need to be reminded. Beautiful and inspirational article. Thanks, Debbie

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      I love your sister's idea for teaching children meditation in honor of her son, your nephew. What a fantastic way to honor and celebrate peace. Thanks Marie for stopping by and for the thumbs up.. Peace my friend!

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      VioletSun 9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      The idea of teaching children to be peacemakers is a great message to pass on! My sister is going to work with children, and  teach them meditation as a way of honoring her teenage son's memory,  and just realized after reading your hub, that it's a contribution towards peace.  I love this energy, this type of hubs which Paper Moon started, its adds to the well being of the world, one way or the other.

      Thumbs up!

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thank you Paper Moon.  I'm glad you appreciated this hub.  I thought your idea of hubbing for peace was wonderful and I thank you for that.  I'm glad to be a part of uniting for peace.

      Enjoy the links and the summer projects with the kids. :D

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      Paper Moon 9 years ago from In the clouds

      What a beautiful hub. It is so important to teach the children about peace. Thank you for the wonderful links. I will use them for my kids this summer. We always have a project for them to work on when school is out. This is a wonderful addition to the Hubs across the world unite for peace. I loved it. :D

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Haha I learn so much from you too; more than you'll ever know everyday. So I thank you big time :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Well you did it! Simple and yet packed with information too! LOL I learn from you many things everyday! :-)

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thank you Michelle (ripplemaker) thank you so much. I really enjoyed putting this hub together. There is so much good information that I got lost in the research, as usual. That's why it takes me so long to write, lol. I started to complicate the matter so had to revise and simplify. Keep it simple; i've got to remember that.

      Thanks for the thumbs up and I'm glad you appreciated this hub!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello Angel what a beautiful, wonderful topic. Delightfully my cup of tea. Gosh, I am so excited to change our school's website so I could link this up over there! :-) I so love the many ideas on how to teach kids about peace from the parents being models of peace to teaching it through music and art. Thumbs up sis!


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