Category: ’Gentle Discipline Ideas, Successes, and Suggestions’

Love the Things You Hate

January 20th, 2011 by Dionna - 17 Comments

I get a daily parenting email from The emails center around gentle, respectful parenting, and they are such a great way to start my morning. A couple of weeks ago, I got an email that was about the phrase “love the child, hate the behavior.”1 The tip said: Our…

The Power of 10

January 16th, 2011 by Dionna - 14 Comments

In 101 Things to Do Instead of Yelling at or Spanking Your Child, I listed 101 activities adults can try in an effort to calm down when faced with a parenting challenge. For anyone still on the fence about giving yourself a chance to calm down before you come back…

Gentle Potty Learning Tips

January 14th, 2011 by Dionna - 44 Comments

I’ve been meaning to write this post for awhile – Kieran started to transition out of diapers in April 2010 (he was about 30 months old when I washed my very last diaper), but I think it’s taken this long to really sink in that our child is really, truly…

Learning to Be in the Present By Looking to the Future

January 11th, 2011 by Dionna - 34 Comments

Welcome to the January Carnival of Natural Parenting: Learning from children This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared the many lessons their children have taught them. Please read to the…

Using Games to End Struggles

January 5th, 2011 by Dionna - 13 Comments

A while back, Jamie decided to take on the job of turning on the taps for the children’s bath each evening. That was fine by me, though I did add the condition that he put his clothes in the laundry basket first. The problem was that, lately, it was becoming…

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