What is Kindness? - Mutha Magazine


Published on August 6th, 2019 | by Kaitlin Walker & Kerry Vineberg


What is Kindness?

“I tried setting boundaries. When they weren’t respected, I ended some relationships.”

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About the Author

Kaitlin and Kerry met while studying literature at UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies and have been friends ever since. This is their first story project together. Kaitlin homeschools her two kids and blogs at seedlingsong.com about unschooling, neurodiversity, and books. She had her first child while getting a PhD in English. Kerry draws and writes in San Francisco. She’s passionate about storytelling, personality theory, and environmental conservation. More of her work can be found at www.causecomics.com.

7 Responses to What is Kindness?

  1. Nicole pefley says:

    So many people need this comic. So very proud of the author and illustrator for digging into and alchemizing years of abuse into a tool to inform, educate, and comfort. I wish my dad had been able to read this piece years ago… It’s hope-sustaining to know people have taken a stand for themselves and their families to free themselves in choosing kindness. Even if the process isn’t easy or complete. Thank goddess What is kindness is out in the world for people now.

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  3. Jesse the K says:

    This is so true and so well told. Thank you!

  4. April says:

    Hey, Thank you! I didn’t know there was a book called Children of Emotional Immature Parents. I think I’ll check it out. I’ve been estranged from my family for about 18 years and they’ve been the most peaceful years of my life. Good luck on your journey.

    • Kaitlin says:

      That book is excellent. It’s a great way to identify specific abusive figures beyond the narcissism label. It is more focused on processing childhood abuse that continues into adulthood and methods to stay in contact.
      After estrangement, I am really appreciating Boundaries, a book from 1991 by Anna Katherine. And some great memoirs like Ariel Leve’s “Life, Abbreviated” and Elizabeth Garber’s “Implosion” excerpted here at Mutha Magazine.
      Best wishes to you, glad to join you in the more peaceful years.

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