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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.

“Health” comes in more than one body shape and size.

March 18th, 2014 by Dionna - 3 Comments

Healthy” can look like a number of different shapes, sizes, and body types. And yet our society puts tremendous pressure on women to quickly lose the baby weight and reach some culturally predetermined vision of perfection. Let’s resist culturally unhealthy stereotypes.

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.

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.

25 Common Breastfeeding Myths (and why they are wrong)

February 16th, 2014 by Dionna - 2 Comments

Because breastfeeding is not normalized in our culture, myths still abound about what is “normal,” how breastfeeding babies “should act,” etc. Many of our myths double as breastfeeding “booby traps,” and can injure your breastfeeding relationship. Educate yourself about the facts of breastfeeding so you can feel confident in responding to – or simply ignoring – people who try to feed you breastfeeding myths.

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