Category: ’Respond with Sensitivity’

Talking to My Child About Going Gluten Free

March 12th, 2013 by Dionna - 25 Comments

Welcome to the March 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Tough Conversations This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have spoken up about how they discuss complex topics with their children. Please read…

If Spanking Does Not Work in the Long-Term, Why Start Spanking at All?

October 4th, 2012 by Dionna - 3 Comments

Those few years that parents are “allowed” to spank are also the years that our children are forming lasting mental impressions of us. Would you rather your child form an impression of trust, or of fear?

Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling: Informational Outline and Resource List

September 21st, 2012 by Dionna - 1 Comment

I recently joined Patty Wipfler of Hand in Hand Parenting for a teleseminar on Preparing for Siblings. I shared information on how to make the transition easier for your child during pregnancy and immediately after birth, and Patty talked about building a healthy sibling relationship from birth and beyond. In…

Ten Ways to Gently Respond When Children Say “I Can’t!”

July 30th, 2012 by Dionna - 6 Comments

Has your little one ever gone through a bout of the “I cannot’s”? If you are struggling with how to gently respond, here are ten ideas that may help.

Crying Does Not Equal Manipulation

July 27th, 2012 by Dionna - 48 Comments

The idea that babies cry to manipulate their parents is a pretty widespread belief, and I wanted to share a few thoughts on an alternative way to think about babies (or toddlers, or older children) crying.

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