Last night I started a class on the Connected Child. It's about how to connect well and provide a healthy environment for kids (or adults) from hard places. We were created to connect, but emotional connection is unbelievably difficult for many. We instinctively reach out for others, but without someone to reach back, we don't learn connection. It takes two to tango.
One of the things I found compelling were the class/group rules the teacher introduced near the middle of the class:
1. Stick Together
2. No Hurts
3. Have Fun
The elegant simplicity of these rules belies their profound universality--(wow). In a nutshell, these summarize and flesh out the second great command: Love your neighbor as yourself. The point of the group is to connect and learn connection, so we have to stick together. We can't hang in together if we intentionally or carelessly hurt each other and we won't stick together if we aren't actively working toward having fun together.
I'm going to find a way to post this in my home as the new home rules.