Our school PTA organized an evening for parents that was billed as “learn how to communicate in a nonviolent manner” with your kids. Though I would never say that I communicate in a violent way, I do know that I have huffed, puffed and yelled when my kids have gotten the best of me and I know that’s not nonviolent communication. Big gulp.
Mali Parke is an ICF Certified Coach focusing on Empowerment and Restorative Relating. She loves to support individuals, families, youth, educators, and teams who are seeking to live life from an inspired, joyful, and consciously empowered presence and improve relationships by bringing collaboration, a restorative approach, and transformation to conflicts. Mali offers workshops and one-on-one, family, and group coaching, using work and approaches from Nonviolent Communication, Leadership That Works Coaching, Restorative Circles, Peace-Making Circles, Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, Shadow Work, and more with a specific focus on parenting, education, partnerships, relationships, and individual empowerment. Read more about Mali’s work at and .
The Nonviolent Communication model consists of two parts, and , and four components, , , , and . When I am expressing what is alive in me using observations, feelings, needs and requests I am using honesty. When I am acknowledging verbally someone else's observations, feelings, needs and requests I am demonstrating empathy.