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I have an addiction to my Google Reader. I love reading what other bloggers have written about topics like gentle parenting, mindful living, taking practices of Yoga and meditation on and off the mat, and even the occasional recipe or list of helpful experiences.

So to save you the time, I’m sharing some of my favorite blog posts and articles that I’ve come across that I think you’ll enjoy. I’m joining it up with Hobo Mama’s and Authentic Parenting’s Sunday Surf.

I’ve fallen way behind on my blog reading this month and haven’t shared as many of the outstanding posts I have managed to read this month. I was however pleased to participate in three gentle parenting related carnivals during February. I have chosen three from each carnival that represent a good sampling of the diversity of approaches the writers chose. The quality of every post means they are well worth reading and the nature of the carnivals is such that you can link to every post from the one you are reading. And I recommend that you read as many as your time allows.

The Family Size Carnival hosted by Jazzy Mama and City Kids Home Schooling:

  • Economics of Family Size Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling uses an economic cost-benefit analysis to determine her family’s optimal size.
  • Family Size Kelly at Becoming Crunchy shares how she has no idea what size her family will end up being; though she used to be sure, a few factors have recently come up to change everything.
  • Is Adoption for Me? Christine at African Babies Don’t Cry shares why she would consider adoption as the socially responsible way to have a large family.

February Carnival of Natural Parenting: Respectful Interactions with Other Parents hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama:

February Authentic Parenting Carnival: Fostering Healthy Attachment hosted by Authentic Parenting and Mudpie Mama:

And one more Bonus Carnival that I did not participate in, but is a thoroughly entertaining read: I’m a Natural Parent…BUT hosted by The Artful Mama and Natural Parenting Network.

 

So, warm up your clicking fingers and please share your comment love to my warmest link hugs.

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Sunday Surf with Authentic Parenting and Hobo MamaI’m joining Authentic Parenting and Hobo Mama for Sunday Surf. Share your best reading of the week, and link up your post at either blog!

For more great reading, visit Hobo Mama or Authentic Parenting for the latest Sunday Surf and linky.

Happy Surfing!

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Treehugger

I have an addiction to my Google Reader. I love reading what other bloggers have written about topics like gentle parenting, mindful living, taking practices of Yoga and meditation on and off the mat, and even the occasional recipe or list of helpful experiences.

So to save you the time, I’m sharing some of my favorite blog posts and articles that I’ve come across that I think you’ll enjoy. I’m joining it up with Hobo Mama’s and Authentic Parenting’s Sunday Surf.

Pick your best post and add it to the list at Baby Dust Diaries. I’m eagerly anticipating some great reading from this list.
  • Balancing motherhood and other activities can leave social outlets falling short. I’ve been trying to figure out why my socially engaged self has been feeling exhausted by friendship efforts. Prana Mama has a good take on this.

  • The New York Times recently published an article that sparked a huge number of responses from the Yoga community. Yoga Dork pulls them all together in one post. It makes for an incredible wealth of opinions on the nature and purpose of Yoga, journalism, and life in general.

  • I’m planning to spend the weekend reading time on the links from this post, Imperfect Happiness’ reading list, and the Carnival of Natural Parenting. I’m really looking forward to this!

  • This is a list of blogs that CJ from Imperfect Happiness never misses. Disclaimer that I’m included on this list, but don’t let that turn you away. I trust her recommendations for terrific book reviews. She knows quality writing when she sees it.

  • This is coming to appreciate the true beauty of your self. This is letting go of what you see and becoming the seer. This is Yoga. This is Life. This is Love. from Tree of Yoga.

  • The Lemon Chess Pie, or could be Lemon “Jess” Pie, is a true Southern classic. Along with a list of how this pie got it’s name, Cafe Terra Blog also gives us this tasty and easy recipe.  With a link up to almost 50 more citrus-based recipes, it will keep you busy in the kitchen.

So, warm up your clicking fingers and please share your comment love to my warmest link hugs.

Looking for more great reads? Please check out my Facebook Page and Follow me on Twitter where I share other posts that I love every day.

Sunday Surf with Authentic Parenting and Hobo MamaI’m joining Authentic Parenting and Hobo Mama for Sunday Surf. Share your best reading of the week, and link up your post at either blog!

For more great reading, visit Hobo Mama or Authentic Parenting for the latest Sunday Surf and linky.

Happy Surfing!

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I have an addiction to my Google Reader. So to justify it, I’m sharing some of my favorite blog posts and articles that I’ve come across. I’m joining it up with Authentic Parenting’s Sunday Surf.

PhD in Parenting talks about how we don’t necessarily talk about parenting young children when things are going well. We wait until we can’t take it anymore and then we look for the magic silver bullet to fix it all for us. She shares the truth about those days when we’re challenged. We don’t need advice or criticism. We need to be heard. We need space and time to heal…well, I’m going on about it when you can just go read and resonate for yourself.

One of the main reasons I do not appreciate the current trend of over-gendering of children in the USA is that it limits choices. I feel that adults interrupt the natural flow of creative play too often because of their own discomfort. I try to avoid the overtly gender-fied toys, which I am often avoiding already because they are made on the other side of the world with questionable environmental and safety policies. But, there were two plastic toy companies that I loved because they invite open-ended, non-gender-specific, imaginative, creative play: Lego and Playmobil. So, imagine my disappointment that both of these companies are deciding which gender should play with which toys. These two posts sum up the issues beautifully: Achilles Effect wrote this piece exploring Lego’s “Girl Problems” And Princess-Free Zone has this post, Lego and Disney are Lazy

Is it wrong to have freedom of choice to educate your kids? I mean, does it undermine society? Many people think so. They find homeschooling, or even worse unschooling, to be against the interests of an ordered society. Again, I wonder about the dissonance between freedom of choice and upholding the status quo that seems to be the crux of many issues societies are wrestling with. This idea is eloquently explored by Kelly Hogaboom with Question: Is Unschooling a Form of Anarchy?

Adventures in Mommyhood: Mommy Outnumbered, like so many parents, was deeply moved by the pain that mothers feel after a loss. She said she felt strongly about writing, but didn’t know if she could since she had never experienced the loss of a child. She was upset about the criticisms being heaped on a certain mother of many in the public eye after she announced a recent loss. So, she wrote this insightful post about it: Now It is Acceptable to Bully Grieving Mothers?

I was involved in two Carnivals this past week that could fill Warm Link Hugs with fabulous reads. The first, of course, is the Mindful Mama Carnival that I run with Kelly of Becoming Crunchy. The second was the Safe CoSleeping Carnival, organized by Jenn from Monkey Butt Junction. Please check out the links from those posts to see the impressive writing talents of the many participants. I’m still enjoying reading my way through the posts.

Adventures in Mommyhood: MommyOutnumbered has also been running a fabulous month-long spotlight on individual bloggers. It encourages de-lurking. She is asking everyone who appreciates a blog post to give comment love. It means so much to bloggers. If you haven’t checked it out, please do so: You Rock! Blogs.

And, yet, again I have no time to proof-read this post before publishing. My apologies for errors.

So, warm up your clicking fingers and please share your comment love to my warmest link hugs:

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I have an addiction to my Google Reader. So to justify it, I’m sharing some of my favorite blog posts and articles that I’ve come across. I’m joining it up with Authentic Parenting’s Sunday Surf.

This month’s Carnival of Natural Parenting was “Kids in the Kitchen.” I’m slowly making my way through the posts and have been thoroughly enjoying each one. There is much to learn and share opinions on from recipes, to child safety, to baby led weaning, to getting picky eaters to gnosh on healthy treats. I highly recommend browsing through them…(read more here)

I strive to make my default answer “yes!” to anything my kids ask of me. If it’s something I can’t just say an unqualified yes, to, I look for the yes in the no. I get asked often how I can parent without being a push-over. It’s not about “giving in” to everything. It’s a fundamentally different approach to relationship with your kids. The Accidental Natural Mama shares how this approach works in “No,” Clarified. Aha! Parenting has this great post about what is behind the “no” and the “yes” that parents do use effectively in 10 Secrets Every Parent Needs to Know about Saying No.

Who else found their tight abs had turned into a jelly belly after being pregnant? The core is the center of strength both emotionally and physically. After birth, it can seem like you’re working with a stranger’s tummy. Dude, Where’s My Core? by Sophie at Elephant Journal talks about the experience of looking for that accustomed strength and finding that instead she must learn a new way to get access to her power.

I’ve long been interested in the theories about how a child inhabits their body. I think of them being in the womb, where the environment is such that there’s little to indicate to them where their body ends and where the fluid, and their mother’s body, begins. Anyone who has observed the expressiveness of a baby’s feet can see that it begins at the bottom and works its way up. Hybrid Rasta Mama has begun an exceptional series on Chakras and Child Development. In Part1 and Part 2, she begins at the root chakra and explains the characteristics, symptoms of imbalances, and ways to support the child to embody their energy sources. I’m looking forward to part 3.

A couple of my favorite bloggers have teamed up again. Melissa from Vibrant Wanderings has this guest post on Hobo Mama, entitled Handling Parenting Differences with Grace, Sometimes. This is one of those posts I wish I had read when I was a new mom. It gives confidence to live with your authentic parenting self, even if you’re not entirely confident what that is, while still honoring where other families may be. It can be especially challenging to figure out how much to share and how much to keep to yourself when you’re going to spend time with parents who have a different parenting philosophy.

You might know how I feel about spanking. I believe there is never an acceptable time to spank. I’m not absolute on many issues, but spanking falls into the class of abuse for me. I was so incensed by an incident that I witnessed last spring that I tweeted about it,  Kelly Hogaboom and several other bloggers helped my write about spanking on Spank Out Day. With the recent stories about the judge who was recorded beating his daughter, there has been a resurfacing of the spanking arguments online. Kelly at KellyNaturally has a comprehensive argument about why Spanking Your Child is Not Okay. If you haven’t checked out either of these two Kelly’s blogs, please do. They’re both a treasure trove of gentle parenting posts.

Looking for more great reads? Please check out my Facebook Page, Follow me on Twitter (and of course, surf on over to Authentic Parenting. She’s always got something good to read)

Did you make to the end? If you’ve got a List of Favorite Links that you blog, feel free to link it up below in the comments section!

NaBloPoMo 2011

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I have an addiction to my Google Reader. So to justify it, I’m sharing some of my favorite blog posts and articles that I’ve come across. I’m joining it up with Authentic Parenting’s Sunday Surf.

This month, I’m participating in two writing projects. Hobo Mama and Mom Grooves have created a month-long “complete your novel project” for those of us who don’t want to write an entire novel from scratch, but want to work on that never-finished piece. I’ve agreed to write 30 minutes every day this month for NaNoProgMo. It’s not much time, but it’s more than I’ve been doing which was slightly less than 30 minutes by about a half hour.

I’m also participating in NaBloPoMo, which is an agreement to post every day for the month of November. I’m posting here daily and also on my profile blog on BlogHer, using their prompts. I’m really interested in doing this because I want to see if I can. I’m curious to see what I will think about the experience after a month. Also, I’m planning to start a second blog specifically for homeschooling. If I can manage this month, I think I’ll have a better handle on what I need to do to succeed in the way I’d like with writing two blogs. (by the way, you can track my progress in both projects with the tickers on the right)

So, since writing has been on my mind this month, my husband is hearing a lot about writing, blogging, and the many, many wonderful connections I’ve made with people online. He doesn’t quite understand when I refer to my many imaginary friends that I have grown to care about. Good Day, Regular People has this hilarious twelve step  program series to help our partners get it, “When Someone You Love Has A Blog.”

The Feminist Breeder is a consistently good blogger and she’s very choosey about who guests posts on her blog. So, when Parenting, Illustrated with Crappy Pictures guest posts, you know it’s going to be entertaining. It’s very funny look into The Real Life of a “Famous” Mom Blogger, Illustrated with Crappy Pictures. Yeah, I don’t have the famous part, but every other glamourous picture was spot on.

The ever wonderful Patti from Jazzy Mama wrote this excellent series on money that covers everything from her philosophy about how much money to give her kids, dividing money between herself and her spouse, making choices between material goods and freedom, and  how important money is to happiness. Some of the posts may get you questioning your own opinions-some may challenge you a lot. I promise they will give you lots to think about.

It’s Ok and McCrenshaw’s Newest Thoughts are cohosting the Mindful Parenting Collaboration Challenge. They’re inviting other bloggers to explore 20 aspects of mindful parenting, such as gentle discipline, realistic expectations, rhythm, nature, working through the body, and inner work. With two weeks on each one, it allows plenty of time to consider the concept, apply it to our parenting, write about our experience, and read other people’s results as well. The first topic, Inner Work, has already begun, but you can join in any time.

Looking for more great reads? Please check out my Facebook Page, Follow me on Twitter and Follow my Google Reader where I share even more of my favorite posts (and of course, surf on over to Authentic Parenting. She’s always got something good to read)

Did you make to the end? If you’ve got a List of Favorite Links that you blog, feel free to link it up below in the comments section!

NaBloPoMo 2011

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Treehugger
I have an addiction to my Google Reader. So to justify it, I’m sharing some of my favorite blog posts and articles that I’ve come across. I’m joining it up with Authentic Parenting’s Sunday Surf.

Do you ever feel like you want to bag all of this virtually-connected life and find your nature within and the natural without? Naked in Eden Blog has this post Return to the Wild Within-My Manifesto. She says, “I have stopped working online seven days a week. In doing so, I return to a part of myself that is so familiar. It feels like I’m “going home””… read more

I love this short, funny post about Breastfeeding by Star Wars from 2 Sleeping Babies. If you’ve got more than one child, you’ll relate to what it’s like when older siblings are running around with you in the eye of the storm.

If you have ever struggled to understand what post partum depression feels like or to explain what it is, then this post from Post Partum Progress will break it down for you, The Symptoms of Post Partum Depression and Anxiety (in Plain Mama English)

There was a dustup about feminism and formula companies giving samples out to moms this week. Two pieces of brilliant writing (that will also give you the background, in case you missed it) are The Feminist Breeder‘s Why I’m a Feminist and a Lactivist and Farren Square‘s From A Breastfeeding Mom to All Moms, Everywhere. Sadly, the issue has gotten muddled by a lot of passion. These two posts cut right to the heart of the matter. It’s not about the mommy wars. It’s about supporting one another as mothers. It’s about creating real choice and empowerment by saying, “no!” to corporate manipulations designed to keep women uninformed.

One more reason to love the Human Milk for Human Babies founder, Emma Kwasnicka: She pulled out of the Babble “Top 100 Moms Who Are Changing  YOUR World” contest because they accept advertising from formula companies who violate the WHO code. You can find out more in Jodine World’s post: Babbling About Breasts, Again.

Remember to check out any of the posts you may have missed in September Mindful Mama Carnival or September’s Letters to Littles.

And two new blogs I came across, I would like to share with you are The Honesty Conspiracy and Parent-Free by Choice. They both are centered around speaking your truth anonymously. I am following along with the moving stories and learning as I struggle with how to write my truth while practicing Ahimsa.

Looking for more great reads? Please check out my Facebook Page, Follow me on Twitter and Follow my Google Reader where I share even more of my favorite posts (and of course, surf on over to Authentic Parenting. She’s always got something good to read)

Did you make to the end? If you’ve got a List of Favorite Links that you blog, feel free to link it up below in the comments section!

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I have an addiction to my Google Reader. So to justify it, I’m sharing some of my favorite blog posts and articles that I’ve come across. I’m joining it up with Authentic Parenting’s Sunday Surf.

 

This week, I am returning to my blog, after almost a month of hell difficult issues and subsequent healing. I am still so proud of the talented voices who contributed here for the month. Of course, I will be writing about what has been going on. But, to gently ease back in, I will rely on the resonant words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who manages to see into the soul of suffering and yank out the guts for close examination.

To laugh often and much
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

 

So, loosen up your clicking fingers and please share your comment love to my warmest link hugs:

 

 

Living in the (K)Now has a post on The True Meaning of Letting It Go. She says, “If life presents a change that requires us to let go, rather than just shut our hearts and pretend we aren’t hurting, we ought to go through our pain. But even more than that, we have to understand the underlying cause of that attachment. WHY were you attached? What part of you sought that attachment? What purpose did that attachment serve? Only then can we truly work our way to healthily let it go…” read more

 

The VeganAsana has a post on Chronic Pain and the Klesas. Don’t be put off by the title, if you’re not a Yogi(ni). If you’ve ever had to deal with a difficult emotional or physical obstacle, this thoughtful post will speak to you. She says, “In our lives, we build up this whole image of who we are.  We construct elaborate life stories around that image, that contain beliefs about what we can and cannot do, how we think, what our beliefs are, etc.  When a chronic illness comes along, this story of me can be shaken to the core.  We begin to feel unmoored, not knowing exactly who we are if we aren’t that person…” read more

 

The love affair with Coconut oil and coconut flour continues. Cafe Terra shares a scrumptious recipe for Gluten-Free Rhubarb Crisp (with Coconut Flour)  Her post includes a Giveaway along with extensive links to even more recipes that will have you in tropical heaven before you know it… read more

 

Karen Maezen Miller learns a lesson in staying present in her parenting life as she debunks The Myth of the Teachable Moment. She says, “I’m a failure at teachable moments. By that I mean I’m a failure at teaching teachable moments. I’m so lousy at teachable moments that I’m declaring myself an official dropout. I don’t know how to teach a moment when the moment is always teaching me. What the moment teaches me is to accept”… read more

 

I wonder about the statement “Sometimes you get worse before you can get better.” 108 Zen Books tackles the difficult subject of suffering and healing with gentle intelligence in That’s A Good Thing He says, “In the years we’ve been teaching our courses on skillful ways to meet life (Mindfulness-Based-interventions), I’ve noticed an interesting paradox.  People get worse before they get better.  Sometimes”…read more

 

Tom Grasso at Elephant Journal wrote this piece about The Question of Abortion~It Brings Out the Hypocrite in All of Us Why I am including it in my list is because I was struck by the universality of his stance. You really could insert any topic that creates divisiveness and understand inner hypocrisies within ourselves and other. It’s worth the read, especially if you can separate your mind from the specific abortion issue…read more

 

And, of course, this week ended with the empowering and moving stories from the Carnival of Birth Reflections that I cohosted with Jazzy Mama. Please read them and you’ll feel a bit better about the human condition. If we can create such resonance and poetry in our experiences, I have hope for our future. One little person at a time.

 

Looking for more great reads? Please check out my Facebook Page, Follow me on Twitter and Follow my Google Reader where I share even more of my favorite posts (and of course, surf on over to Authentic Parenting. She’s always got something good to read)

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