Sunday, February 21, 2010

Calling for submissions for the March Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Our first two Carnivals of Natural Parenting were filled with astounding writers and inspiring parenting stories, so we hope you'll join us for the third carnival in March! (Check out the January and February carnivals if you missed them.) Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama.

green fence for March Carnival of Natural Parenting--Vintage GreenHere are the submission details for March 2010:

Theme: Vintage Green: What sorts of “green” things did you do as a kid (even if you didn’t know at the time they were eco-friendly) that you now do with your own kids? Alternatively, what "green" practices do your kids find normal (because they've grown up with them) that you did not do as a child?

Deadline: Tuesday, March 2. Fill out the webform (at the link or at the bottom) and email your submission to us by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time: codenamemama {at} and mail {at}

Carnival date: Tuesday, March 9. Before you post, we will send you an email with a little blurb in html to paste into your submission that will introduce the carnival. You will publish your post on March 9 and email us the link if you haven't done so already. Once everyone's posts are published on March 9 by noon, we will send out a finalized list of all the participants' links, to generate lots of link love for your site! We'll include full instructions in the email we send before the posting date.

Please submit your details into our web form: This will help us as we compile the links list. Please enter your information on the form embedded at the end of this post, or click here to enter it on a separate page: March Carnival of Natural Parenting participant form

Please do: Write well. Write on topic. Write a brand new post for the carnival. As always, our carnival themes aren't meant to be exclusionary. If your experience doesn't perfectly mesh with the carnival theme, please lend your own perspective. Please also feel free to be creative within the gentle confines of the carnival structure. If you're feeling so inspired, you could write a poem, a photo essay, a scholarly article, or a book review instead of a regular blog post (though those are welcomed, too!), as long as what you write is respectful of the carnival's intent. If you want help determining that ahead of time, please talk with us.

Please don't: Use profanity of the sort that might be offensive to more sensitive readers or their children. Submit irrelevant or argumentative pieces contrary to the principles of natural parenting. You don't have to agree with all our ideals — and certainly you don't have to live up to them all perfectly! — but your submission does have to fit the theme and values of the carnival.

Editors' rights: We reserve the right to edit your piece or suggest edits to you. We reserve the right to courteously reject any submissions that are inappropriate for the carnival. Please also note that since there are two co-hosts on different schedules and conferring over email, our personal response to your submission might seem delayed. Don't be alarmed. We also reserve the right to impose consequences if the responsibilities of the carnival are not fulfilled by the participants.

If you don't have a blog: Contact one of us (codenamemama {at} and mail {at} about potentially finding you a host blog to guest post. Please write your piece well in advance of the deadline in that case, so we can match you up with someone suitable. But if you really have something amazing to write — why not start your own blog? If you want advice, we find Scribbit's free Blogging in Pink ebook to be a very helpful and down-to-earth guide, for beginners on up.

If you have questions: Please leave a comment or contact us: codenamemama {at} and mail {at}

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