Conscious Parenting and the London Riots

I woke up this morning to find out my corner of London had been trashed along with many other London Boroughs in the London Riots. I’m just glad we dont live close enough the centre to have been personally affected.

So what does this all mean for conscious parenting?  Well I believe if these youths had good loving connections with thier families, spent enough time with their parents growing up, had thier needs met as much as possible and had good emotionally healthy role models then they wouldn’t feel the need to protest through violence and destruction.  its possible some of them might, but for the most part no.

For me it comes back to the notion that not only is this conscious parenting movement SO IMPORTANT in society, but it is also important for us to touch the lives of those not on this path somehow.  And also to touch the lives of the children, and connect with them in any way we can.

Another angle to come at this from is about self responsibility, awareness and consciousness.  We can use this time to look at the teens rioting as negative or wrong, or we can choose to look to ourselves and see where we ‘riot’ in ways that are socially acceptable to us.  Failing to relax perception in the face of powerful emotions is the common bond we share with rioters even if our resulting actions appear less dramatic and aren’t so news worthy. The responsibility of every human is to live from awareness and it starts with those most able to do so….


What do you think the real reason behind the youths needing to demonstrate this way?  How do you feel conscious parenting can help?  Please leave a comment below and let me know!




Emma Combes

Emma helps parents overcome the automatic negative reactions that are stopping them from parenting consciously and with love through her coaching practice. She also helps parents live the most awesome life in all areas, so they can know they were the best role model they could be for their children.

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  • Ali Grevillea

    i find it offensive to assume how all of the rioters grew up. Black and white answers for a very blurry grey issue. Simplistic statements which project superiority of a particular brand of parenting? No thanks!

    • Emma Combes @ Consciousmama

      I’m sorry you feel that way Ali.  My post isn’t meant to put conscious parenting as superior, but my blog is aimed at people who are into conscious parenting.  Therefore I am aiming at the conscious parenting community.  I hope I am not coming across as assuming all the rioters grew up a certain way either.  I believe the rioters came from all backgrounds and cultures.  However I do believe for the most part as I said, that a lot of the rioters didnt come from loving, connected families.  I also believe that a loving connected family doesnt have to a family following the conscious parenting movement.  Thankyou for sharing your view Ali, you’ve helped my clarify it for other people who come to read this post :).   I respect the fact that you dont feel the same way.  :)