I’m a big advocate of peaceful interactions, both online and offline. Especially in parenting and teaching, I believe we all need to work together and support each other in raising the children who are the future.
The Thumper Theory
“If you can’t say something nice . . . don’t say nothing at all.”
– Thumper from the movie Bambi
I have a post called “Do You Follow the Thumper Theory?” at my other blog, Bits of Positivity. The post tells a lot of my feelings about interacting with others and has links to anti-bullying and character-education resources.
Even though I’ve shown this video at Raising Figure Skaters, it’s such a favorite of mine that I have to share it here, too:
The Thumper Theory Online
My personal policy for online communication is to follow the Thumper Theory whenever possible. If I’m leaving a comment on someone’s blog, I find something positive to mention … or I don’t say anything. Typically, there’s something positive to be said.
Most blogging parents and teachers are trying to do their best, and I truly believe I’ll help others the most by encouraging them. I also try to be a good example and simply offer my blog post ideas, which may be accepted or rejected. Last April, I had a post on how I use Montessori principles to advocate for healthy, gentle parenting choices: “Using Montessori Principles to Advocate Natural Parenting.”
Of course, there are rare cases where I have to intervene when someone’s doing something dangerous or truly destructive. Also, I might have to delete a comment if it’s not helpful but only negative and making parents feel bad about their own choices.
Fortunately, those cases are rare. I’m proud to be part of an online community that typically has a lot of love and support to give one another.
Here’s to saying something nice… 🙂
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