Category: ’Use Nurturing Touch’

How to Have Special Time with Two (or more) Kids at Once

July 23rd, 2015 by Dionna - Leave a comment

When life is too busy for individual special time with both of my kids, I try to create some space for one-on-one time with each kid while they’re both with me. Here are a few things we do together to fill their love tanks.

20 Fun Ways to Roughhouse with Your Kids

June 26th, 2015 by Dionna - 2 Comments

Not only does roughhousing build your relationships, it also helps kids (and adults!) release stress and anxiety. Here are 20 ways to start roughhousing with your kids today!

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.

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.”

9 Ways to Create Moments of Connection with Older Children

June 18th, 2013 by Dionna - 13 Comments

As my son grows into a full-fledged child – no longer a preschooler who depends on his parents for so much – I find that our moments of connection are fewer and farther in between. Those moments of intimacy that seemed to happen so naturally and frequently when he was younger have transformed into more intentional, discrete incidents. So these days I consciously create opportunities to be fully present and connect with Kieran.


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