It was sort of like a worldview conversion chamber for young impressionable minds.
My friends would enter, bratty, contentious, seeing the world as a tough competitive place where they had to fight to prove their worth and value. Seeing other people as beings to defend and prove oneself against while using warmth and encouragement sparingly.
Probably a little messed up but my mom and I would gang up on them with our world view and try to break them. But not into tears ... Into giggles! We'd wear them down with a relentless barrage of compassion, kindness, thoughtfulness, humor. We think you're great. We celebrate you as you are. Let's just help support and encourage each other. Everyone is special and valid. Let's be creative and problem solve. Let's be safe but let's embrace and explore the world together. Let's put down 90% of that judgementalness which really just equates to "you're not good enough" and keep the 10% that keeps us safe.
Kids left happy, smiling, giggly, joyful and more capable of putting themselves in another's shoes. And even now when I meet new people they may not realize it but they're in the backseat of my mom's car.
I'd love to get the whole world back there.