About a year ago, as I emerged from the fog of infant and young toddler twins into something a lot more sane and less sleep deprived, I started getting back into blogging more than I had in awhile. After mainly reading and following twins and multiples blogs for the past year or two, I started expanding my horizons again to some other types of blogs, (still within the parenting genres admittedly!) One of note is HoboMama, who I found (I think?), via twitter and a mutual friend and fellow participant in a positive discipline class I was enjoying. Anyway, I was excited to find a few local moms blogging intelligently about a style of parenting I connected with. Soon I also started following Code Name Mama as well, and participating in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting — a great way to motivate myself to write on various topics, meet new bloggers and get some traffic to my blog, as well. Woo hoo, win win!
Last fall, Lauren of Hobo Mama and Dionna of Code Name Mama took the carnival idea to the next level and and created a new blog and blossoming community, the Natural Parents Network. When a call went out for vounteers, I was thrilled to join in as an occasional writer there, and have loved being a part and following along as they have grown. Lots of great posts and ideas there, and so many intersesting fun blogging mamas who participate in a ton of different ways to keep it going strong. Below is a partial list of Natural Parent Network volunteers, with links to one of their own favorite posts. I’ve only read a few so far, but can’t wait to check out the rest over the coming days. Hope you will as well!
- Joella at Fine and Fair discusses her unique perspective of a controversial toy in An Unusual Gripe with Bebe Gloton.
- Amy at Innate Wholeness offers simple tips to be present with family whether you’re having fun and want to soak it up like a sponge or would rather run and hide in a cave.
- Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares sound bites from her miscarriage journey of forgiveness and gratitude.
- Shannon from Pineapples and Artichokes writes about how she is trying to raise her daughter to be accepting of everyone.
- Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses the overuse of the word “no” and offers some aid in finding creative ways to avoid “no.”
- Melissa from The New Mommy Files: Memories, Milestones and Missteps makes a compelling case for instinctual mothering.
- Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro shares a comprehensive list of all the food she keeps on hand.
- Suchada at Mama Eve writes a heartfelt letter chronicling her journey with a difficult transition in Sleep, Crying, and Balancing Closeness with Boundaries.
- Shannon of The ArtsyMama shares her top ten list of things she wishes she had known more about before the birth of her son, Little Man.
- Kristin at Intrepid Murmurings has some helpful insights, tips, and tricks to share for babywearing with twins.
- Julia at A Little Bit of All of It tells the story of how motherhood came to her and how a miscarriage shaped her feelings and perceptions surrounding the birth of her first daughter.
- Emily from Embrita Blogging shares a collection of photos depicting things that make her happy.
- Lauren at Hobo Mama openly discusses an often-sensitive topic: Postpartum sex vs. sex before kids.
- As part of an ongoing series about balance, Amy at Anktangle writes about a daily ritual she has adopted to help her maintain balance in her life.
- Cynthia at The Hippie Housewife is reminded that while the days may sometimes be long, the years are short, and after a rough day the best thing to do is give thanks for the best parts and try again tomorrow.
- Momma Jorje shares some good news and important information about Lindane and Lice.
- Dionna at Code Name: Mama offers 7 Alternatives to Good Job: “Good job’ing” kids can be a mindless habit to fall into. Instead of using a generic “good job,” try one of these ideas to really connect with and nurture your child.
- Darcel at The Mahogany Way has the ultimate boredom busting activity for children of all ages.
- Alicia at Lactation Narration discusses the long journey of child-led weaning, during which she thought several times that her child was weaned before she really was.
- Mandy at Living Peacefully With Children: Letting go of the illusion of control opens up a an entirely new world.
- Luschka at Diary of a First Child talks about the battle between breastfeeding and formula feeding mothers and the industry that stokes the flames of a war on mothers.
- Mary Michael at The Accidental Natural Mama recounts her journey to Mama-hood.
- Sheryl at Little Snowflakes talks about the benefits of nursing a child to sleep.
- Rachael at The Variegated Life meditates on the moment when she first saw herself fully embodying her life as a mother.
Thanks to everyone who puts in time to make the Natural Parents Network such a success!