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Kimberly M.

"Raising the next generation."

Owatonna, MN, USA
female, age 41
married, 3 children
La Leche League Leader
Speaks: English
Joined Jan 21, 2003
What I Want to Do: Change the World


 
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Above all, I believe that there should never be any violence. In 1978 I received a peace prize in West Germany for my books, and I gave an accepting speech that I called just that: "Never Violence." And in that speech I told a story from my own experience.

When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor's wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn't believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking - the first of his life. And she told him that he would have to go outside and find a switch for her to hit him with. The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, "Mama, I couldn't find a switch, but here's a rock that you can throw at me."

All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child's point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone. And the mother took the boy onto her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because violence begins in the nursery— one can raise children into violence.


By Astrid Lindgren. Reprinted from Father Times, Spring 1995, Volume 3, Issue 4. Astrid Lindgren is author of Pippi Longstocking.

 
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Hometown Owatonna, MN 
Homepage http://members.ll.net/morpheus/family/kimbe
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Birthday July 24, 1972  
Languages English  
About Me I am a bit introverted. Quiet...until you get to know me! A tad bit silly. Laid back but obsessive. Loyal. Trusting but skeptical. Sarcastic at times. But mostly just me.... ;)
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Pets Fish  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions Pantheist  
Eating Habits Keep it Healthy  
Wild Fact About Me I breastfed my three children for a combined total of twelve years.
My Philosophy Keep it Simple Silly {KISS}
What Gives Me Hope My Children.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Get rid of the Patriot Act! Strive for true peace in the world.
What/who changed my life and why My Children, because: they made me a better person.
What Bugs Me Intollerance, hypocrisy  
Passions Breastfeeding, creativity  
Inspirations nature  
What Scares Me Fanaticism of every type  
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Role Models Mahatma Gandhi  
Quotation "What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it." ~ Johann von Goethe
Interests Aromatherapy, Children, Crafts, Ecology, Environment, Evolution, Feng Shui, Genealogy, Herbs, Holistic Health, Homeopathy, Libraries, Linguistics, Meditation, Mind/Body/Spirit, Movies, Music, Mythology / Folklore, National Parks, Nutrition, Paleontolo  
Books Shakespeare, The Lover, Anne Rice, fantasy, Anita Blake Series, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, War and Peace  
Music Classic Rock, Classical, Celtic, Folk Rock  
Movies Star Wars (original trilogy), Lord of the Rings, Practical Magic, Twister, Princess Bride, Willow, all the Muppet Movies, Labryinth, The King and I, My Fair Lady, Parenthood  
TV Shows Heros, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Gilmore Girls, Charmed, Monk, Dead Zone, Farscape, Dark Angel, Stargate SG1, Star Trek  
Favorite Foods Pasta, Breads, fruit, Mexican, Chinese, Pastries, Comfort Foods  
Favorite Places Forests, White Sand Beaches  
Can't Live Without Family, Friends, Books, Internet, Sugar  
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