Category: ’natural parenting’

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.

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…

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