Raising Dahlia is about my adventures in gentle, respectful, peaceful parenting. 

I work hard to parent this way. It’s not how I was raised and it was never modeled for me, but I work at it anyway, day after day, with the goal of raising a daughter who feels seen and heard. Who knows with absolute certainty that she matters. Who understands, deep down, that she is perfect exactly as she is.

Raising Dahlia is also about raising a female in a male-dominated world.

It’s my hope that she grows comfortable embracing her femininity in an excessively masculine society. I hope she learns that feminine strength does not mean being more like a man. Her EQ matters just as much, if not more than, her IQ. Intuition can be relied upon as much as analysis. Kindness and cooperation are often more effective than control.

Most importantly, Raising Dahlia is about raising a self-directed, confident human being who knows, without a doubt, she is loved.

She has more wisdom than anyone could ever give her credit for, but I will try. I will also try to remind her that the answers she seeks are most often found within, and that she never needs to look to me or her Papa for approval. We approve. We love her. Unconditionally. Nothing she could ever do would cause us to draw our love away from her.

This, most of all, is our greatest goal in raising Dahlia.



3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Reese,

    I am not sure if you will read this or reach back out but I hope you do.

    I just came across your article: “I quit an accounting to be a hula dancer” and I was inspired but also scared. I’ve been wanting to leave Washington State for 4 years now to Hawaii because it’s beautiful and different. Dancing is what makes me smile and it’s a passion of mine. I was glad that I read your article because I need to know if it is possible to do something untraditional of a non Hawaiian like myself. It seems justified and common to do this in Hawaii but not for a girl sitting in Seattle with the pressure of doing corporate. I could be wrong, I don’t know.

    The reason for my reaching out is because I would like to learn more about your experience, how realistic it can be for someone myself and if one can make a living long term.

    Thank you so much for your consideration and I hope to speak with you soon.



    1. Hi Carol! Any video I have of my dancing is packed away somewhere. Plus, it feels like a lifetime ago! And thank you for your kind words about my poetry. 🙂


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