Category: ’Consensual Living’

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.

13 Ideas to Gently Manage Separation Anxiety in Preschoolers

June 6th, 2014 by Dionna - 3 Comments

If you’ve experienced a renewed bout of separation anxiety with your preschooler, you probably understand how frustrating it can be to address. We recently went through this with our own (then) three year old, and I’d like to share some ideas that friends offered on how to gently respond.

The Best Parenting Resources for Parents of Toddlers

May 13th, 2014 by Dionna - 14 Comments

Toddlers can be so challenging. Not only are they learning how to exert their independence, but they simply do not have the developmental ability to be calm and logical when they are frustrated. It’s the nature of the beast. I mean . . . the toddler. Here are five of my very favorite books and articles about parenting a toddler.


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