Category: ’Consensual Living’

Holding His Hand

October 18th, 2015 by Dionna - 1 Comment

There came an evening shortly before Kieran turned four years old that he refused to go into our bedroom alone when it was dark. How many countless times had he walked those two feet past the doorway and turned on the lamp’s switch?! How could he not see the switch…

On Letting Kids Claim Their Space

October 9th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

Do your kids like to collect? How do you manage to encourage their collections without letting them take over your house?

Teaching Kids to “Use Your Words!”

August 6th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

When I taught preschool at a special needs facility, one of the catch phrases that every teacher used multiple times a day was “Use your words!” As a parent, I’ve often said it to my own kids. But telling a child to use her words does not make a difference unless you first teach her what to say.

Positive Parenting Affirmations and Resources

July 6th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

I love being my child’s safe place. And that is one reason I’m committed to positive parenting – I want to be the place of safety and constant love for my children, not one of hurt or fear. Today I’m sharing five of the top reasons I practice positive parenting.

No Drama Parenting Tactics that Promote Peace

April 30th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

A parent’s approach to misbehavior is key to making discipline effective and peaceful. My goals, when approaching misbehavior, are to stay calm and connected, to assume the best intentions of my children, and to engage them in the entire discipline process. When they trust that I care about their feelings and believe that they can solve their own problems, the results are always more positive.

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