Category: ’natural parenting’

I Don’t Homeschool to Manage My Kids’ Transcripts

February 11th, 2014 by Dionna - 10 Comments

One of my fears of parenting is that I will get so caught up in the monotony, the details of homeschooling, the minutiae of everyday life, the routine of taking care of a household – that I will forget to actually be present in the moment with my children.

Dear ER Doctor: Don’t Tickle Your Patients

February 4th, 2014 by Dionna - 1 Comment

I’m sharing a letter I sent to the Patient Advocate of Children’s Mercy Hospital, where Ailia was seen recently after she fractured two bones in her right leg. I wanted to share it here to help empower other parents. It is up to us to stand up for our children, even to medical professionals. I wish I had said something to the doctor in the moment, but I didn’t. Hopefully this letter will help influence the doctor’s treatment of future patients.

Does breastfeeding ever get easier?

January 20th, 2014 by Dionna - Leave a comment

This article is part of the Building Blocks to a Healthy Breastfeeding Relationship series, a series I wrote to accompany a presentation I did for the Healthy Child Summit. Be sure to sign up for a free 22 day sneak preview at the Healthy Child Summit website. Beginning in February…

That’s Just Love Sneaking Up On You

January 17th, 2014 by Dionna - 1 Comment

Sometimes, love springs up quickly, intent on soaking your entire being with its presence. But other times, love creeps in a little more cautiously, making sure that your heart is ready before it takes root.

Sneaking in Snuggles: Using Nurturing Touch with Older Children

January 14th, 2014 by Dionna - 14 Comments

When Kieran was a toddler and preschooler, he was the most loving, affectionate kiddo ever. But during the course of his 5th year, sometime after he weaned and began to find other ways to fulfill his need for love and security, he also drastically reduced how often he hugged me, kissed me, and said “I love you.”

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