Category: ’Consensual Living’

Changing the Shark Music: Reframing the Way I Approach My Children’s Behavior

April 3rd, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

The scenario: my kids are playing in the next room. I hear what sounds like a scuffle, a physical alteration. A boom and a shriek send my heart racing, wondering what medical expense we’re about to incur. How do I respond? I have two options: the first ends in stress and chaos, the second usually ends in connection and peace.

Make sure not to be angry, mama.

March 30th, 2015 by Dionna - 6 Comments

Her little voice, bravely reminding me to choose love over anger, has the ability to lower my blood pressure instantaneously. These are the rewards of learning to be compassionate together.

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.

Every Child Has a Story

February 17th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

Every child has a story. When you practice asking yourself those three questions before reacting, when you take time to consciously and thoughtfully connect, you are better able to see things from your child’s perspective.


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