Saturday, October 23, 2010

Calling for submissions for the November Carnival of Natural Parenting!

We continue to be delighted with the stories and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you'll join us for the next carnival in November! (Check out January, February, March, April, and May, June, July, September, and October if you missed them.)

Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama, and this month is a joint venture with our newly launched site, Natural Parents Network.

The way we're organizing the carnival is a little different this month, so read on to find out!

Here are the submission details for November 2010:

Theme: What is natural parenting?: Explore one concept from the natural parenting philosophy – why is it important to you/your family? Why does Newborn baby in wrap on the beachit resonate with you? Or what does it look like in your family?

You can find a list of topics we think are related to natural parenting at our page "What Is NP?" on Natural Parents Network. The links will lead you to more information and resources on each topic. The list includes:
  • attachment parenting (e.g., breastfeeding, babywearing, cosleeping, gentle discipline, balance, etc.)
  • ecological responsibility (including cloth diapering, elimination communication, natural and organic choices, etc.)
  • holistic health practices (e.g., intactivism, delayed or selective vaccinations, natural childbirth, alternative medicine, etc.)
  • natural learning (including homeschooling and unschooling)
  • healthy living (including healthful foods, physical movement, and positive body image)
  • political and social activism
  • specific parenting philosophies (such as consensual living or equally shared parenting)
You are welcome to take a specific or general topic (such as, ecological responsibility as a whole or cloth diapering in particular), or to come up with another that resonates with you as long as it's related to natural parenting. Please stick to just one topic so we will hopefully end up with a wide range of subjects covered. We know it's tempting to talk about everything you like about natural parenting, but instead of each post being comprehensive, we hope we'll be giving readers a full introduction to natural parenting across all the posts as a whole.

Deadline: Tuesday, November 2 (as usual). 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: This is where things will be a little different this month. Once we start editing posts, we'll be scheduling them to span the rest of November as a month-long exploration of natural parenting. We will select several of your posts to publish exclusively on Natural Parents Network (with your permission), which will include an author bio and a link back to your site. We will feature the remaining posts over several days in November (instead of on one day as we normally do), arranged thematically. Before you post, we will send you an email with full posting instructions, including a little blurb in html to paste into your submission that will introduce the carnival and link to Natural Parents Network. You will publish your post on your scheduled date and email us the link to your post if you haven't done so already.

Please submit your details into our web form: This will help us as we organize the list of posts. Please enter your information on the form embedded at the end of this post, or click here to enter it on a separate page: November 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, and how to edit HTML — all for both Wordpress and Blogger users. For these tutorials and more, please see this handy summary post at

Stay in touch:

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