Who We Are
In the United Nations report on children’s well-being, the United States receives a dismal review. In nearly all categories related to the safety and rights of children, our country ranks toward the bottom of all wealthy nations. Since 1999, Echo Parenting & Education has been helping adults in Los Angeles and around the world to support the rights of children through a compassionate, empathy-led practice. Join the global movement of parents and professionals who dare to imagine a world in which all children are raised free from physical and emotional harm.
Location and Scope
Echo Parenting & Education is located in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, advocating and teaching nonviolence in child raising. We serve the greater Los Angeles community with classes, trainings, workshops, presentations, festivals and conferences; both at our Echo Park location and in schools and various agencies. Echo Parenting & Education also offers workshops and other programming in locations around the country and around the world. Services are available in English and Spanish. The classes are appropriate for adults in relationship to children of any age.
Child Care is provided at the Echo Parenting & Education during Parenting Classes and is an integral part of the program; while the parents learn about nonviolence through our parenting curriculum, the children learn about it though a complimentary curriculum based on emotional intelligence.
Defining Nonviolence and Violence
The term “nonviolence” describes a commitment to treat oneself and others with deep respect. It is a belief in the basic goodness of all living things. Nonviolence is an all-encompassing perspective. It includes our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. What we think and say matters.
The philosophy and practice of nonviolence in parenting applies the ideas of nonviolence to the relationship between parents and children. Their connection allows the child to learn to be a caring and empathetic human being, fulfilling his or her own dreams and wishes and at the same time supporting the dreams and wishes of others. Violence begets violence, while nonviolence begets nonviolence. Nonviolence honors and respects the value, dignity and life force of the child.
The word nonviolence does not only refer to the absence of physical violence, but it is a word that honors the connection with a child that respects the core dignity of the child as a full and complete human being. A nonviolent relationship with a child is one that is built on respect and kindness towards the core feelings and needs of the child.
At Echo Parenting & Education, we define the word violence in a very broad way. It includes anything that hurts the heart, mind or body of a child and leads to disconnection and distrust. This includes spanking, bribes, threats, name calling, shaming, manipulation, being untruthful, even praise and rewards. This view moves beyond the current legal definition of child abuse and into a responsible, more comprehensive understanding of what violence toward children means.
Every human being needs and yearns for a deep, loving connection with their parents that is built on unconditional acceptance, affection, appreciation, autonomy and attention. It is the parent’s responsibility to be the child’s emotional coach, guiding them through the world of emotions and core basic needs; creating and building emotional intelligence and setting limits.
Learning the philosophy and practice of nonviolence in child raising gives us a framework to think about our actions as parents and what our children truly need to thrive as healthy human beings. Envisioning our children as adults gives us clarity and insight into the relationship we need to have with our child to bring forth the traits and qualities we hope for their future.