Category: ’Gentle/Positive 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.

Name It to Tame It

February 25th, 2015 by Dionna - 1 Comment

To expect children to make wise decisions or to respond calmly in the face of stress (in other words, to act like the ideal adult) is not possible. Their brains are simply not wired yet to make the “right” choices. We build their capacity to make good decisions through modeling, empathy, and gentle guidance.

Distinguishing Between “Can’t” and “Won’t”

February 20th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

Remembering that kids are kids – they’re not miniature adults who share our priorities – can not only help us discipline more effectively, it can also free us from imposing expectations that are not realistic or age-appropriate.

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.


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