Peace in the Family

Peace in the Family: Stories and Skills to Build Peaceful Families
with Opalanga and Susan Kaplan, M.S.W.

An Applied Storytelling and Skill Building Progam - to support families and build community.

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Peace in the Family

is a family program which helps build healthy and peaceful families.
Peace and nonviolent skills are brought alive through storytelling and interactive activities.

***Please see Peace in the Family web page under
Peace, Nonviolence and Building Bridges for more details.

Each session begins with Professional Storytellers sharing stories. Drawing upon these stories, peacemaking and nonviolent skills are taught through hands-on-activities, interactive discussion, and experiential exercises. Families are invited to share their stories in this informative and playful program.

Families learn skills as a family and build relationships with other families from their community.

Four Critical Building Blocks are used in this innovative program:

Rituals and Traditions -building a strong foundation for your family.
Researchers have found that the strongest families have the highest frequence of rituals and traditions, i.e. eating meals together, family celebrations of birthday and rites of passages, and regular conversations such as family meetings and catching up on the day. These bring closeness and unity to the family.

Communication - using interactions to build relationships with one another.
The process of telling your stories to each other helps bring your family together as you laugh, remember, understand, listen, and share your lives. How you use words can either
build your family up or tear it down.

Playing Together - nourishing playfulness and release in daily life.
Play helps families to lighten up and build emotional bank accounts. Escape the trap of daily task oriented communication by nurturing joy and releasing stress together. Cooperation and respect are easy to learn when you feel connected to other family members.

Restoring Balance - solving problems by moving through conflict and anger.
Conflict is inevitable, violence is not. All families have disagreements at times. Having the skills to navigate through upset restores balance and gives us an opportunity to build our relationships while we solve problems. Getting unstuck allows families to create the
family life they want to live.

Available Program Options:  Introductory Session or In-depth Series

Range of Children's Ages - Four years old to teenagers!

  • Peace & story centers for younger families
  • interactive activities for older children

Additional add-ons

  • Peace Day
  • Peace Artist in Residency
  • Storytelling Training
  • Bilingual storytellers & trainers
  • Peace Education Training
  • Literacy - Reading & Writing
  • Additional Professional Storytellers
  • Community Building Facilitation

Public or Private Settings
  • School settings or homeschool networks
  • Literacy based programs
  • Parent & Family education programs
  • Child Care Centers
  • Community groups
  • Congregations
  • Libraries
  • Neighborhood Centers

Here are some comments from past participants:

"I learned how to use play to resolve conflict and how to have more peace in the family"
JoAnn, parent

"I learned the power of story in creating connection."
Bob, parent

"I learned lots about the way to handle anger. I like that it made you feel so special."
Anna, teenager

"I liked the experience of peaceful and honest interaction and the storytelling."
Rose, parent

"I liked the different stories...wish it was longer!"
Juan, teenager

"I loved the stories! Wish we could listen to stories all the time."
Alicia, 10 years old

"I learned a couple of things today about how to walk away when sometimes somebody makes me mad and how to deal with that."
Thomas, student

"I saw how the stories opened up a chance to deepen the articulation of caring connection amongst this community."