Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Surf: The uncle as alloparent

uncle and baby — anb alrik a3moWelcome to the Sunday Surf! Here are some of the best links I've read this past week.

My little brother's been visiting, which has been wonderful — uncle-nephew bonding for the win! I was 9 when he was born, so I was Mother's Little Helper with him, and I still think of him as about 9 himself — because that's how old he was when I left for college!

I keep having these funny thoughts about how I used to take care of him — like, today we were in a toy store, and I saw an exact baby toy that he had played with himself. He's 26 now, in case you're doing the math.

It's always an adventure to have someone visit who doesn't have little kids, particularly someone who never has (as opposed to our parents, for whom it's just been awhile). I'm not sure how much spit-up he can tolerate, and he doesn't automatically hand me a prefold when he sees a geyser of half-digested milk emerge the way Sam or another fellow parent would. And it's always a challenge to balance sightseeing with naptimes!

That said, it's been a joy to see him reach out to smooth Alrik's hair, or join in with Mikko's self-created game of Fetch the Bouncy Ball. This alloparenting is the way we become familiar with children before or without having them ourselves, yes? And it's a good thing, for everyone.

via on 9/11/11
Interesting article in general, but I appreciate the reminder that formula companies violate the WHO Code with really slimy tricks, like posing as breastfeeding help. As Annie says, "Supporting formula feeding moms does not have to involve throwing breastfeeding moms under the bus, after all. There is a place for the provision of unbiased information on how to formula feed, but there is no place for a formula feeding company pretending to act in the best interest of breastfeeding moms."
A little over a year ago, I wrote a post calling out popular parenting website Babble for trying to dupe breastfeeding moms by putting ads for a 1-800 number feeding expert line run by infant formula brand Similac on its

via Lauren's shared items in Google Reader by Lauren on 9/11/11

Carnival of Natural Parenting

Here are the feeds of the past & current CarNatPar participants so you can subscribe to their blogs. If you click on "Preview this bundle" at the bottom of the blog list, apparently it's supposed to subscribe you to all of them individually but neatly placed in a folder. Nice, huh? I left the blog names intact to give a little shout-out to all my CarNatPar peeps:

  • The Accidental Natural Mama
  • A Gift Universe
  • A Haircut and a Shave
  • A Lime Less Ordinary
  • A Mom's Fresh Start
  • Jazzy Mama
  • small bird on fire.
  • Attached At The Boob
  • Attached at the Nip
  • Living in Harmony
  • At the Bee Hive
  • Laura's Blog
  • Gems of Delight
  • A Beatnik's Beat on Life
  • Beneath the Rowan Tree
  • bennyandbex
  • Bounce Me to the Moon
  • Musings of a Milk Maker
  • ChildOrganics
  • Cloth nappies are fun
  • Code Name: Mama
  • Craphead (aka Mommy)
  • Cream of Mommy Soup
  • Crunchy Chewy Mama
  • Crunchy(ish) Mama
  • CurlyMonkeyMama's Blog
  • Curly Hairdo Ideas
  • Dulce de leche
  • My World Edenwild
  • Ella-Bean and Co.
  • Chronicles of a Nursing Mom
  • Fabulous Mama Chronicles
  • Farmer's Daughter
  • FC Mom
  • Authentic Parenting
  • Childhood 101
  • Finding Summer
  • Halfway Crunchy
  • I Thought I Knew Mama
  • I'm a full-time mummy
  • Intrepid Murmurings
  • Life, Intertwined
  • LittleStomaks
  • Love What Is
  • Mama Wit
  • Mama's Felt Cafe
  • Midnight Feedings
  • Natural Parents Network
  • Science@home
  • This Holistic Life
  • Dreaming aloud
  • Consider Eden
  • Happy Mothering
  • miniMOMist
  • OneStarryNight
  • Stay at Home Dad in Lansing
  • The Variegated Life
  • Life, Gluten Free
  • Breastfeeding Moms Unite
  • Hobo Mama
  • Fine and Fair
  • Fingerpaint & Superheroes
  • Fleeting Moments
  • Taking Time
  • Give an Earthly
  • Good Enough Mum
  • Good Goog
  • Granola Catholic
  • Rosmarinus Officinalis
  • high needs attachment
  • Homeschooling in Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Honest To Betsy
  • Hybrid Rasta Mama
  • ichigo means strawberry
  • I Found My Feet
  • Innate Wholeness
  • Instead of Institutions
  • the bee in your bonnet
  • Janet Fraser
  • Adventures Down Under
  • Tales of a Kitchen Witch Momma
  • In desperate need of entertainment
  • Knocked Up - Knocked Over
  • Stuff With Thing
  • Look left of the pleiades
  • Let's Take the Metro
  • Little Snowflakes
  • Toddler in Tow
  • Little Green Blog
  • Living Montessori Now
  • living peacefully with children
  • Mama-Om
  • Mama 2 Mama Tips
  • MamaCumLaude
  • MaMammalia
  • Maman A Droit
  • McApril
  • Just Me(gan)
  • Swiss Ramblings from Megna
  • Meta|Mom
  • Molly's Place
  • Uncoiled
  • Momma Jorje
  • Mommying My Way
  • mudpiemama
  • Musing Mommy
  • Navelgazing
  • Nourished and Nurtured
  • Future Legacy
  • Child of the Nature Isle
  • The Practical Dilettante
  • Our Little Acorn
  • Pandamoly
  • Witch Mom
  • Peace For Parents
  • Propson Palingenesis
  • A Pug in the Kitchen
  • Purple Dancing Dahlias
  • The Recovering Procrastinator
  • Reverend Mama
  • Tales of Minor Interest - SchmoopyBaby and More
  • Smiling like Sunshine
  • Strings to Things
  • Suddenly Stay @ Home
  • Adventures in Mommyhood
  • The New Mommy Files: Memories, Milestones, and Missteps
  • That Mama Gretchen
  • The Adventures of Lactating Girl
  • The Artful Mama
  • The ArtsyMama
  • our messy messy life.
  • The Guavalicious Life
  • The Mahogany Way
  • There's a Pickle in my life.
  • The Sparkle Mama's Blog
  • They Are So Cute When They Are Sleeping...
  • This is Worthwhile
  • Loving {Almost} Every Moment...
  • TouchstoneZ
  • True Confessions of a Real Mommy
  • Very Nearly Hippy
  • very, very fine
  • White Noise
  • Journey to the Simple Life
  • Wild Parenting
  • woman seeking mother
  • Working to be Worthy
  • Anktangle
  • The Baby Dust Diaries
  • BeanMa
  • Becoming Mamas
  • In The Now
  • Mindful Life
  • Diary of a First Child
  • Domestic Chaos
  • grumbles and grunts
  • Food Hippie
  • Job Description: Mommy
  • Momopoly
  • Monkey Butt Junction
  • Natural Motherhood Blog
  • Nature Baby Bloggings
  • Nursing Freedom
  • our messy messy life.
  • PhD in Parenting
  • Raising My Boychick
  • Connected Mom
  • The Parent Vortex
  • Tmuffin
  • Multiple Musings
  • Wander Wonder Discover
  • Write About Birth» Write About Birth
Preview this bundle

via Honest To Betsy on 9/11/11
Awesome! Mikko's just as insistent but not as scientific.
My middle child just turned three and so I find myself, once again, nursing a pre-schooler. Which can make a lady feel a wee bit squeemy if she thinks about it too hard which I tend to do. So I'm glad I had this conversation with the little guy in which …

A beautiful lesson in becoming comfortable with who we are.
"You do not have to be anything other than you are right now."

At Natural Parents Network

In a week on Babies! This coming week is Toddlers, and stay tuned for Preschoolers, then Childhood and Beyond.


Carnival of Natural Parenting

And stay tuned for the September CarNatPar, coming live this Tuesday! It's a great one — lots of helpful suggestions for playful, gentle discipline.

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

Check out Authentic Parenting, Baby Dust Diaries, Anktangle, 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!


Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama said...

Very cool about the group subscription to all of the Carnival blogs!

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