Category: ’natural parenting’

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.

33 Reasons to Grow Bee Balm, Lavender, and Basil

March 6th, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

When I’m looking for plants to add to my gardens, I lean toward options that will not only give me beautiful blooms, but will also add value to our lives in other ways. Today I’m sharing 33 reasons we added lavender, basil, and bee balm to our garden last year.

Jackie’s Weaning Story: Mixed Feelings

March 2nd, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

“I had mixed feelings about weaning. A part of me felt sad cutting that bond, while another part knew it was time to set her free from my body.” Read more about Jackie’s weaning story.

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.


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