Saturday, May 22, 2010

Calling for submissions for the June Carnival of Natural Parenting!

We continue to be delighted with the advice and stories our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you'll join us for the next carnival in June! (Check out January, February, March, April, and May if you missed them.) Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama.

toddler walking on a wet beach toward the ocean for June Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Outdoor funHere are the submission details for June 2010:

Theme: Outdoor fun: What are your favorite ways to play outside with your kids? The summer sun is rising on us here in the northern hemisphere, and we're eager to take advantage of it. Give us one or more ideas for enjoyable outdoor activities for whatever season or weather you wish.

Deadline: Tuesday, June 1. Fill out the webform (at the link or at the bottom) and email your submission to us by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time: mail {at} and CodeNameMama {at}

Carnival date: Tuesday, June 8. 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 June 8 and email us the link if you haven't done so already. Once everyone's posts are published on June 8 by noon Eastern time, 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: June 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: Please don't use profanity of the sort that might be offensive to more sensitive readers or their children. Please don't 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 us (mail {at} and CodeNameMama {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: mail {at} and CodeNameMama {at}

Links to tutorials: Lauren and Dionna have written several tutorials for our participants about how to schedule posts in advance, how to determine post URLs in advance, how to edit HTML — all for both Wordpress and Blogger users. For these tutorials and more, please see this handy summary post at

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Lisa C said...

Outdoor fun? With all our experience from doing that outdoor challenge, I should be able to write something for this one!

Anonymous said...

I want to introduce my son to the outdoors a lot more than I do, so I am very much looking forward to this!

Lauren Wayne said...

Lisa C: Totally! I loved the Outdoor Challenge you participated in and realized that we, too, were going outside every day — but not necessarily taking a picture. :) So definitely share your experiences or ideas.

Kyrielle: Yea! I'm looking forward to it, too. I know we sometimes get into a rut for what things come to mind, and I'm hoping these posts will spark some new ideas for all of us.

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