Category: ’Consensual Living’

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.

What’s the Point of Discipline? Three Questions to Ask Before Reacting to Misbehavior

February 12th, 2015 by Dionna - 2 Comments

For discipline to be truly effective, we need to consider both our short- and long-term goals. Check out three questions parents should ask themselves before disciplining in order to respond compassionately, instead of simply reacting.

Whistling While We Work: On Kids and Chores

January 13th, 2015 by Dionna - 13 Comments

I realized recently that I often feel resentful when I’m carrying more than my share of the household load. And so several weeks ago, I brought a laundry basket full of napkins, wipes, and socks upstairs and unceremoniously dumped it on the floor. Thus began a regular series of household responsibilities for my kids.


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