Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday Surf: Balance in parenting

In light of Alrik's birth, I'm making my Sunday Surf quick & dirty.

mother and newborn baby son Alrik 4 weeks old
As a counterpoint to last week's father-son shoot, we did some mother-son artsiness.
Welcome to the Sunday Surf! Here are some of the best links I've read this past week.

via on 6/25/11
Oh, thank goodness, someone else is talking about moments of failing to react with gentle discipline. Visiting an unfamiliar place as Dionna & Kieran did is hard. So is having people visit (my in-laws are coming tonight for THREE WEEKS—ack!) and having a new sibling, so I know whereof Dionna speaks. Sigh.

Really thoughtful article about staying who we are even as we are partners & parents. I feel like I have to give permission not only to my partner but to MYSELF and not seek permission from him to be myself. I sometimes use what I perceive as his inconvenience or (imagined) lack of support to get out of doing something challenging I actually really want to do. I agree with Jessica: It shouldn't take a divorce to realize that and to find time for ourselves as people and not just mothers. (For instance: "Taking responsibility")
I don't want women the world over to have to separate from their partners just to get some breathing room and to feel like a grown up.  There has to be a middle ground and clearly Rooster and I had no idea how to make that happen and neither do any of my friends.  It wasn't until I left the building that he was able to spread his parenting wings and really take over for me.  I get that marriage and relationships are hard, but are we making them harder than they have to be by simply not giving ourselves permission to leave the house if that's what we really need to do? 

newborn baby son Alrik 4 weeks old smile

Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama

Carnival of Natural Parenting

After a month off for the babymoon, the Carnival of Natural Parenting is back for July! Tell us your parenting philosophy. Submissions are due Tuesday, July 5.

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From Natural Parents Network in a week on Balance:

I have to say I've found this week's posts extremely meaningful. Often the 8th principle of attachment parenting is the one most often neglected. And it speaks to the article from This Is Worthwhile as well — this notion of being ourselves and prioritizing our lives, nurturing ourselves even as we nurture our children. (See also: "AP Principle #8: Balance and how you can't do it all, at least not all at once" and "Writing as a parent.")


One ends TODAY, one ends NEXT WEEK, one is EXTENDED, and two are NEW! And I just used up my caps lock quota for the week.

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

Check out Authentic Parenting, Baby Dust Diaries, Navelgazing, Momma Jorje, I Thought I Knew Mama, Enjoy Birth, A Domesticated Woman's Adventures (various), Fabulous Mama Chronicles, Kelly Hogaboom (Fridays), The Parent Vortex (weekends), Ichigo Means Strawberry, TouchstoneZ, Hippie Housewife (Saturdays), Multiple Musings, Motherhood Moments, Mama and Baby Love, 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!


Dionna @ Code Name: Mama said...

That picture is GORGEOUS!! And I must say, that we continue to have those "forgetting to connect" moments even though we're back home. I think it's a product of Kieran being 3.5yrs old and mama being pregnant ;)

Good luck with the in-laws!!

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