Category: ’natural parenting’

We Can ALL Be Role Models

April 5th, 2014 by Dionna - 5 Comments

Why did I agree to chat with Nightline and Maria Kang? All we hoped for was that she recognize the thousands of voices who had expressed dismay, that she empathize with the women who are doing all they can right now, that she understand that we can all be role models, regardless of whether we are a size 4, 14, or 24.

A third of parents spank their babies

March 20th, 2014 by Dionna - 3 Comments

When parents are presented with information on how harmful spanking is, and when they are educated about alternatives, they will spank less. Let’s empower the next generation of parents and children to understand that no form of hitting is acceptable.

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 - 4 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.

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