Author Teresa Graham Brett, JD Articles

Our Fear of Freedom

Like many of you, at the core of my childhood experiences was the belief that using control and force with children is necessary. We still live in a culture that primarily operates from this belief. We grew up under the control of adults and...

Parenting as the Practice of Freedom

Does parenting reinforce the control and domination in our culture, or is it a reflection of the freedom we claim to value so dearly? When I stepped into the role of parent, I didn’t question the foundation upon which the parent-child...

Also labeled: Issue #39, Inspirational

Embracing Imperfection: Is it Possible to Find Peace as a Parent?

I had the opportunity to spend a beautiful spring day at the Tucson Peace Fair. It prompted me to spend some time thinking about what peace means to me. Throughout the course of my life, my definition of peace has changed. I used to think...

Also labeled: Inspirational, Issue #37

The Cycle of Control

When our children are born, they are wholly dependent on us for survival. We are socialized to believe that we know what is best for our children, and it is our responsibility in turn to socialize them to become responsible, productive adults....

Also labeled: Issue #32, Parenting