Category: ’Gentle/Positive Discipline’

Make sure not to be angry, mama.

March 30th, 2015 by Dionna - 6 Comments

Her little voice, bravely reminding me to choose love over anger, has the ability to lower my blood pressure instantaneously. These are the rewards of learning to be compassionate together.

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.

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.


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