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When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.

The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”

All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.

And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.

Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, 1978 Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (via jillymomcraftypants)

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*talking with flatmate about the possibility of living with 3 girls in the future*

Me: I kinda want to live with girls, I’ve been living with guys for far too long. 

Flatmate: Yeah, right. I will have to paint a vagina on the wall to establish my masculinity. Although a vagina is like I’m one of the girls.

Me: Indeed.

Flatmate: A dick then. No, wait, that’s gay.

Me: Your words.

Flatmate: *ponders* *points at me in resolution* Boobs. 

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Never be afraid to apologize to your child. If you lose your temper and say something in anger that wasn’t meant to be said, apologize. Children need to know that adults can admit when they are wrong.

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This is so, so important.

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I need to get out of the house, the neighbours have been hammering away since 10:00 am

But it’s raining like a motherbitch