Two teenage brothers who grew up in a “Giraffe Family” demonstrate the NVC dance with a parent-child role-play, identifying each others’ needs behind the belief that children “should” do chores before going out to play and arrive at a mutually agreeable strategy. They help integrate the whole NVC process to poignant clarity by using the amazingly insightful visual, “The Tube of Communication.” Later using Empathic Listening, they resolve a real-life brotherly conflict about “needs for order” within the sharing of one bedroom. In a potpourri of skits, we also see children ages 2-14 needing empathy and watch how they work things out with the help of a teenage mentor using Empathic Listening and Expressing Honestly.
This DVD came about as a special request from Marshall Rosenberg, asking us to show kids helping other kids with NVC. For that reason, there are no grown-ups in the whole process. Marshall himself had the final say in the wording and design of the skits. The choice of inviting NVC-familiar brothers came about from parents frequently asking if we knew of any kids who had grown up in a Giraffe family.)