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Family History – April Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions

March 28th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

We can see in our children how strong an effect genes have on us. Let’s go ahead and face it, then: How has your family history — both recent and distant — shaped who you are and how you parent, for better and for worse? What does your children’s heritage mean to you, and what are the ways you seek to pass it on to them? Do you find yourself aligning with your genealogy or branching out into new directions? Submission deadline: April 7. Carnival posting: April 14

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”!


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