Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Surf: Beneath the booth & blog hopping

Welcome to the Sunday Surf! Here are some of the best links I've read this past week.

For those interested in the other end of my Wordless Wednesday picture from this past week:

Upside down boy under restaurant booth

Cheers to joyful dining with kids!1

  • "Want a Feminist Son? Tips From a Veteran" from Cynthia Samuels at BlogHer: I've been thinking about this myself, considering my son continually tells me he doesn't like girls right now. Once I said, "But I'm a girl." That left him speechless for awhile. Then, several minutes later, he said, "I like Lucy. Lucy a girl." (Lucy = made-up name for a girl from his preschool.) Like he was appeasing me. Normal developmental, gender-association phases aside, I hope Mikko sees the respect his father and I have for all genders and and takes that as his model, as I did from my parents, even though my mom disdains to call herself a feminist. I have also been thinking that we'll need to have targeted and regular discussions about gender, just as I'm finally starting to about race and sexuality and other categories that tend to push people apart if we don't bring them out into the open. I see that as part of my job as a parent — both to model it and to talk about it.
  • "The Double Standard of Potty Privacy" from Code Name: Mama: Continuing the poo talk from's post the other week! On children's obsession with witnessing our potty-going. The quote is my reader contribution:
    "Mikko loves company while he’s pooping; it’s a huge ordeal for him every time, so he wants someone to hold his hand and read him stories. Maybe that’s why I can’t convince him I don’t want the same treatment? I’m pretty intentional now about closing the door when I’m pooping, but pees are still free-for-alls. I draw the line at having him sit on my lap while I go — he keeps asking!"
    He also loves asking to nurse when I'm on the pot. I guess because I can't get away?
  • Life With Levi, Ashley D00dle, and ABCs and Garden Peas are hosting a series of Breastfeeding Blog Hops to help you connect with other breastfeeding-friendly bloggers. I figure I might as well hop as long as I'm posting about it!
    Here are the guidelines for this blog hop:
    1. Follow the 4 blog hosts for the week (spots #1-4). Spot #4 will always feature a blogger randomly selected from the previous week’s blog hop.
    2. Link up your breastfeeding-friendly blog so others can find it. If you have posted about breastfeeding (and/or pumping) in the past or plan to post about breastfeeding, that’s you!
    3. Check out some of the other blogs from the Linky. Be sure to leave a comment on each blog that you found them through the Breastfeeding Blog Hop so they can follow you back!
    4. Repost the linky (link for the code is in the lower right-hand corner of the linky below) on your blog to help promote the blog hop. Be sure to add some info about YOU so others have a place to say “Hi” & let you know they’re following.
    5. Grab the button below if you’d like and display it in your linky post or your sidebar.
      This blog hop will be active from Thursday, 01/20 – Sunday, 01/23.
    6. Be sure to include these guidelines when you add the Blog Hop Linky Code to your blog.

    I'm guessing there's a new one coming up Thursday!

    About me: I'm Lauren, currently breastfeeding three-year-old Mikko through pregnancy. I blog about natural parenting and occasional bits of hobo lore. I'm always open to following new blogs!

  • From Natural Parents Network, in a delightful week on Cosleeping and the Family Bed:
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    • "Bed Sharing with Two (or More) Children," by Acacia of Be Present Mama: On how to arrange the bed & bedtimes for multiple kids in a family bed. Very timely for our family! Mikko tends to sleep sideways, so we've been brainstorming about possible ways to fit all four of us in a bed when the new baby comes, or potentially to transition him (and Sam, too) into a separate bed or onto a separate mattress. I like how this article gives a positive spin to continuing the family bed.
    • "Please Help a Fellow NP Mama!": Dionna is trying to gather words of encouragement and electronic gifts to cheer up a mama who needs our support.
      pink breast cancer ribbon
      "Jen was still breastfeeding her youngest, Nicholas, until this past October when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Like many nursing mothers, Jen was devastated to hear that not only would she be forced to wean Nicholas before they were ready, but she would have to undergo a mastectomy.

      I would love to see the natural parenting community come together this week to support one of our own. Please help me."
      Flood Dionna's inbox with e-cards, notes, photos, gift certificates, and more for Jen!

  • Check it out! I have my very own, very new newsletter sign-up.
              What will the newsletter be about? I'm thinking it will mostly highlight the best of what's on my sites (Hobo Mama, Hobo Mama Reviews,, Natural Parents Network), as well as fun things I've read recently and interesting conversations on Twitter and Facebook. Does that sound exactly like Sunday Surf? Well, yes, except — delivered to your mailbox! And I imagine it will be more targeted and less lengthy. If I can manage it! I'm sure I'll also include what I hope are entertaining tidbits from my life, and funny pictures, so that's worth it, right? There might be other special things going on, which you won't know till you sign up.
              How often will it come out? Oh, not often. I don't know really, but there's no way in unholy heck I'm going to be loading your inbox every day, or week, or maybe even month. I'm just too lazy to be a spammer.
              To subscribe, just sign up with the link or in the sidebar, and you can easily unsubscribe from a link in any newsletter, at any time. I'm not even having unsubscribe alerts sent to me, so I won't know… Hope you'll join me!
              Thank you to erosissa for sending me the link that made the decision for me.

  • Giveaways! Oh, the fun you could win!
      Picaboo premium calendar
    • This one ends in TWO DAYS! Enter to win an 11x14 Premium Photo Calendar from Picaboo $29.99 {1.25; International} at Hobo Mama Reviews: One lucky winner will receive a coupon for a 12-page, glossy, 11x14-inch premium photo calendar from Picaboo. Highlight last year's family photos throughout 2011! You'll be able to order it in time for a Valentine's gift for a loved one — or keep it to brighten up your wall!
    • Playful Parenting (Paperback or CD) $19 {1.29; US/Can} at Natural Parents Network: Playful ParentingWin the paperback or CD of Dr. Larry Cohen's #1 parenting book. This is a phenomenal book to get you down on the floor, communicating with your children in their most natural way — play! Playfully parenting can help ease discipline issues, smooth sibling rivalry, and foster trusting connections between parents and children. The book gives you specific ideas to put play to work for you and your kids.

You can find more shared items during the week at my public Google Reader recommendations feed.

Check out Authentic Parenting, Baby Dust Diaries (on hiatus), Maman A Droit, Navelgazing, Momma Jorje, pocket.buddha, Breastfeeding Moms Unite!, Enjoy Birth, A Domesticated Woman's Adventures, This Adventure Life, The Parent Vortex, and A Little Bit of All of It for more Sunday Surfing! (If you also participate in a regular link list, whether on Sunday or not, let me know and I'll add your link.)

Feel free to add your recommendations in the comments. Happy reading!

1 We dropped Mikko off, against his will again but then he had lots of fun, with his aunt, and Sam and I went out for a dinner…alone! Fancy. I mean, not the restaurant — it was a phở place. But having a whole conversation! This family came in partway through with a perhaps four-year-old daughter (active and adorable) and sat one table away from us. I found it hilarious to mouth to Sam, "The nerve of people bringing a child into a restaurant!" I made sure they didn't see me, though, don't worry. I was just cracking myself up.


Unknown said...

Hey, thanks for linking to my recipe! My vote is for more hobo-tastic recipes. =) It's a great way to get dinner inspiration. I, for one, hope to see more hobo kitchen creations in the future.

kelly said...

Those examples of the International Breastfeeding Symbol gave me happy tears. Thank you!

Dionna @ Code Name: Mama said...

I want to live in a tree house! Although, I'd get an ulcer up in a tree with a new walking child ;)

Jen - LifeWithLevi said...

Following back from the Breastfeeding Blog Hop. Thanks for linking up last week!

Carol said...

These are great links! It took me a while to finish reading them. But as another breastfeeding Mom, most of them made me smile.

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