Category: ’Consensual Living’

Little Children Are the Most Harmed by the Stress of Spanking

March 19th, 2014 by Dionna - Leave a comment

Being hit by parents is a very stressful experience. Our mythology is that kids take it in their stride, and they do. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t stressful. Moreover, it’s not only a stressful experience, it’s a chronic stress. It starts, for a third of American kids in infancy, and the average age of cessation is age 12. So it goes on for 12 years. There is a chronic stress for 12 years, and that affects the brain.

We Don’t Need an Excuse: An Article at HuffPo

March 11th, 2014 by Dionna - 4 Comments

Today at Huffington Post I’m writing about why Kang’s #whatsyourexcuse hashtag has missed her intended mark. She wants to empower women, but fat-shaming from someone in a place of privilege is hardly empowering.

Parenting a Stranger’s Child

January 9th, 2014 by Dionna - Leave a comment

Have you ever parented a stranger’s child? Today Birute of AttachfromScratch shares her story of positively parenting a child at the playground.

Getting Back Into My Positive Parenting Groove

December 5th, 2013 by Dionna - 3 Comments

Just when I think I’ve got this gentle discipline thing down, my kiddos go and hit a new developmental stage. Or I have too much on my plate and get stressed. Or we get sick. Sometimes parenting feels like it’s two steps forward, and one step back. When I feel like I’m losing my positive parenting momentum, here are a few things that can get me back on track.

So the Other Day at the Marriage Counselor . . .

November 1st, 2013 by Dionna - 4 Comments

Have you every done marriage or family counseling? What was helpful? What was not?


  • Grab my new badge!

    Visit Code Name: Mama

  • Visit Natural Parents Network
  • Display & participate!

    Visit Code Name: Mama

  • Carnival of Weaning

    Carnival of Weaning