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Connection Helps Calm the Chaos

March 20th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

Connecting to and comforting a child who has misbehaved (or who is feeling any big emotion) allows the child to move out of a reactive state and into a receptive state. Once the child is more receptive, she can learn from discipline.

Holding Space for Children: Loving Through the Emotional Storms

March 16th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

One of the things I do as a parent is to help my kids navigate their big feelings. To be a port of calm during their emotional storms, to help them name and tame their emotions, to model how to handle frustration, and to love them the whole time. I strive to hold space for my children.

85 Non-Food Spring & Easter Basket Ideas

March 13th, 2015 by Dionna - 1 Comment

85 ideas (with tutorial links) for families who would like to avoid Easter and Ostara baskets full of sugary, processed foods (think Peeps and Cadbury Creme Eggs), or for egg hunts where there will be children with a variety of food allergies.

Community-schooling

March 10th, 2015 by Dionna - 20 Comments

We don’t “homeschool,” we “community-school”!

33 Reasons to Grow Bee Balm, Lavender, and Basil

March 6th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

When I’m looking for plants to add to my gardens, I lean toward options that will not only give me beautiful blooms, but will also add value to our lives in other ways. Today I’m sharing 33 reasons we added lavender, basil, and bee balm to our garden last year.


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