Category: ’Just for Fun/Miscellaneous’

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.

Children and Creativity

February 25th, 2014 by Dionna - 1 Comment

I’m so pleased to host today’s guest post from children’s author Starr Meneelly. Check back here on March 1 and enter to win one of three copies of Starr’s new book, “What A Lovely Sound!,” in the Natural Parents Network Learning through Play giveaway.

I Don’t Homeschool to Manage My Kids’ Transcripts

February 11th, 2014 by Dionna - 10 Comments

One of my fears of parenting is that I will get so caught up in the monotony, the details of homeschooling, the minutiae of everyday life, the routine of taking care of a household – that I will forget to actually be present in the moment with my children.

That’s Just Love Sneaking Up On You

January 17th, 2014 by Dionna - 1 Comment

Sometimes, love springs up quickly, intent on soaking your entire being with its presence. But other times, love creeps in a little more cautiously, making sure that your heart is ready before it takes root.

Sneaking in Snuggles: Using Nurturing Touch with Older Children

January 14th, 2014 by Dionna - 14 Comments

When Kieran was a toddler and preschooler, he was the most loving, affectionate kiddo ever. But during the course of his 5th year, sometime after he weaned and began to find other ways to fulfill his need for love and security, he also drastically reduced how often he hugged me, kissed me, and said “I love you.”

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