Category: ’Use Nurturing Touch’

Mock Threats: Turning Real Frustration into Playful Parenting

September 13th, 2011 by Dionna - 36 Comments

Three year olds can be difficult to gently parent at times. Today I share a playful parenting technique called “mock threats,” a way for parents to shed excess frustration while turning a challenging situation into one of cooperation. Have you ever used “mock threats” to diffuse tension with your child?

The Shortest “Newborn Baby Registry” Checklist, Plus Baby Gear You Probably Already Own

August 18th, 2011 by Dionna - 13 Comments

Who needs wipe warmers and cribs? Not this mama! Many parents who are interested in attachment parenting methods find that they do not ever need or use many of the items on traditional newborn registries. This list includes less than ten baby items that my family deems “essential.” What would be on your must-have list?

Using Games to End Struggles

January 5th, 2011 by Dionna - 13 Comments

A while back, Jamie decided to take on the job of turning on the taps for the children’s bath each evening. That was fine by me, though I did add the condition that he put his clothes in the laundry basket first. The problem was that, lately, it was becoming…

Finding an AP-Friendly Caregiver

December 21st, 2010 by Dionna - 53 Comments

The Sitter Who Cried “Ferber” An acquaintance of mine recently shared a horror story about leaving her five month old baby with a sitter for a few hours. The sitter was auditioning for a role as a permanent nanny, because the mother is returning to work soon. An hour into…

Attachment Parenting Chose Us: November Carnival of Natural Parenting

November 9th, 2010 by Dionna - 26 Comments

Welcome to the November Carnival of Natural Parenting: What Is Natural Parenting? This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our Carnival coincides with the launch of Natural Parents Network , a community of parents…

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