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Family Pledge of
must start within ourselves and in our family. Each of us, members of the
____________________________ family, commit ourselves as best we can to become
nonviolent and peaceable people.
To Respect Self and Others
To respect myself, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism,
hateful words, physical attacks and self-destructive behavior.
To Communicate Better
To share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express my anger,
and to work at solving problems peacefully.
To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me,
and to consider others' feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.
To apologize and make amends when I have hurt another,
to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.
To Respect Nature
To treat the environment and all living things,
including our pets, with respect and care.
To Play Creatively
To select entertainment and toys that support our family's values and to
avoid entertainment that makes violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.
To Be Courageous
To challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it, whether at
at school, at work, or in the community, and to stand with others
who are treated unfairly.
This is our pledge. These are our
goals. We will check ourselves on what we have pledged once a month on
________________________________ for the next twelve months so that we can help each other
become more peaceable people.
"Eliminating violence, one
family at a time, starting with our own."
Institute for Peace and Justice
475 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: (314) 918-2630 --- Fax: (314) 918-2643