Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November Carnival of Natural Parenting



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 and parents-to-be who practice or are interested in attachment parenting and natural family living. Join us at Natural Parents Network to be informed, empowered, and inspired!


Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


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No post today -- my post will be featured on the Natural Parents Network on Tuesday, November 23rd.

It's going to be on cosleeping. If you've been following this blog, you know that we don't cosleep regularly, but sometimes I wish we did.

When we do, here's what it looks like:


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I wrap my arm around him to cushion his head and keep him from rolling away. This way, I wake up if either of us moves, and I can make sure we stay in a safe arrangement. If I use blankets, I keep them around my waist so I'm not tempted to pull them over my head (an old habit of mine).

Check back in two weeks for a link to my carnival post!



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Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaStop by Natural Parents Network today to see excerpts from everyone's posts, and please visit a few to read more! Visit Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!



Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants. Three of the participants below will instead be featured on Natural Parents Network throughout the month, so check back at NPN!



This list will be updated by afternoon November 9 with all the carnival links. We've arranged it this month according to the categories of our NPN resource pages on "What Is Natural Parenting?"



Attachment/Responsive Parenting


Attachment/responsive parenting is generally considered to include the following (descriptions/lists are not exhaustive; please follow each link to learn more):

  1. PREPARE FOR PREGNANCY, BIRTH, AND PARENTING:


  2. FEED WITH LOVE AND RESPECT:


  3. RESPOND WITH SENSITIVITY:

    • "Attachment Parenting Chose Us" — For a child who is born "sensitive," attachment parenting is more a way of life than a parenting "choice." Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares her experiences. (@CodeNameMama)

    • "Parenting in the Present" — Acacia at Be Present Mama parents naturally by being fully present.

    • "Parenting With Heart" — Kat at Loving {Almost} Every Moment parents naturally because healthy attachments early in life help our little ones grow into healthy, functioning adults.



  4. USE NURTURING TOUCH:


  5. ENSURE SAFE SLEEP:

    • "Sometimes I Wish We Coslept" — Sheila at A Gift Universe has started to add cosleeping into her sleep routines and has found frequently unspoken benefits. Watch for her post, which will be featured on Natural Parents Network on Tuesday, November 30. (@agiftuniverse)



  6. PROVIDE CONSISTENT AND LOVING CARE:


  7. PRACTICE GENTLE/POSITIVE DISCIPLINE:

    • "Unconditional Parenting" — The philosophy of Alfie Kohn resonates with Erin at Multiple Musings, who does not want to parent (or teach) using rewards and punishment. (@ErinLittle)



  8. STRIVE FOR BALANCE IN PERSONAL AND FAMILY LIFE:




Ecological Responsibility and Love of Nature




Holistic Health Practices



  • "Supporting Natural Immunity" — If you have decided against the traditional vaccination schedule, Starr at Earth Mama has some helpful tips for strengthening your children's immune systems naturally.



Natural Learning



  • "Acceptance as a Key to Natural Parenting" — Because Mrs. Green at Little Green Blog values accepting and responding to her daughter's needs, she was able to unravel the mystery of her daughter's learning "challenges." (@myzerowaste)

  • "Let Them Look" — Betsy at Honest 2 Betsy makes time to look at, to touch, and to drool on the pinecones.

  • "Why I Love Unschooling" — Unschooling isn't just about learning for Darcel at The Mahogany Way — it is a way of life. (@MahoganyWayMama)

  • "Is He Already Behind?"Ever worry that your baby or toddler is behind the curve? Danielle at born.in.japan will reassure you about the many ways your little one is learning — naturally — every day. Watch for her post, which will be featured on Natural Parents Network on Tuesday, November 16. (@borninjp)

  • "How to Help Your Child through Natural Learning" — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now offers tips on how to understand and nurture your child's natural learning style. (@DebChitwood)



Healthy Living




Parenting Philosophies




Political and Social Activism



6 comments:

Ashley said...

I'll be interested to see your post! We cosleep regularly, and sometimes I wish we didn't, though on the whole I find it to be a pleasure. For one, that sleeping/cuddling position? So comforting after a bad day. ♥

That said, I remember waking up one morning when my son was 4 months old to discover he had scooted down between our knees -- well under our blankets. I was sure he was dead. (Obviously, he wasn't.)

Heather said...

That's a cute photo! I like how you cradle him like that. Looking forward to your post! And kudos on the group blogging efforts! =)

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

I love the photo illustration! I'm one of the fortunate ones who got to pre-read the post, so I'm looking forward to seeing it live. :) Thanks for sharing it with us on NPN!

~semi-crunchy mama~ said...

I can't wait to read your post. Cosleeping is something I said I'd never do. You know, way back before I was a mom. Now I can't imagine otherwise.

Cute photo too!

Darcel @ The Mahogany Way said...

Looking forward to reading your post tomorrow.
We said we would never co-sleep. Yet here we are...

Heather said...

Any tips for a friend of mine?
http://amomwriting.blogspot.com/2010/11/our-quest-for-natural-birth-with-baby-2.html

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