Monday, April 29, 2013

Prompts for Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop — Week 5: Enjoy


Weekly Parenting Poetry WorkshopToday marks the start of the fifth and final week of the Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop! One last week of prompts to inspire your poetry.

We're each writing at least one parenting-themed poem a week on an overarching parenting theme, which I post on Mondays. On Fridays, I post a linkup so we can all share what we've been working on, and then we enjoy reading each other's work. It's been inspiring for all of us!

I also post daily prompts for the week in advance, both to give you more of an idea of what the theme represents, and for any overachievers who want to write more than one poem a week! Remember, anyone who writes and posts a poem for each day of the challenge automatically wins a signed prize copy of Poetry of a Hobo Mama, and anyone who writes and posts at least weekly will be entered into a drawing for one.

For full details and to grab a badge, see the intro post.

You can enjoy last week's poems here and link up your own if you haven't already! It was a beautiful week of poems on Trust.

Now it's time to get writing for this week! Ready?

The fifth week's theme is

Enjoy

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday Surf: Dashing haberdashery & self-confidence about postpartum bodies


Welcome to the Sunday Surf, a tour of the best blogposts I've read throughout the week.

boy wearing a bucket on his head
I'd like to see you be this nonchalant about such stylish headgear.

A few links on body image this week:

  • I’m loving the musings in this article titled “How to Lose The Baby Weight in Just Three Lightning-Fast Years” at Jezebel about the postpartum body and how our culture doesn’t know how to deal with it.


It is a strange state, indeed: neither pregnant, nor out of shape, but showing a visible history of pregnancy. In spite of weighing more and looking different, I was never healthier than when I was pregnant and just after, in large part to the dynamic shift in lifestyle toward eating well and moving more. But we don’t connect health to physical appeal per se, as any healthy person who isn’t thin can tell you. And when a body shows signs of use beyond the sexual or athletic, we don’t seem to know how to respond to it.
In fairness, it’s worth noting that all this is just as shocking to the woman it’s happening to. Pregnancy is an intense transformation, childbirth an even more intense act. The recovery time is complicated and multi-layered. And what we are left with is a body that has created a child and often nourished it for a period of time afterward too. It’s easy to be proud of the act, but we follow that nod with an intense effort toward eradicating all signs of it.

(via Shannon/NatParNet on Pinterest)
    I’m loving the musings in this article titled “How to Lose The Baby Weight in Just Three Lightning-Fast Years” at Jezebel about the postpartum body and how our culture doesn’t know how to deal with it.
    It is a strange state, indeed: neither pregnant, nor out of shape, but showing a visible history of pregnancy. In spite of weighing more and looking different, I was never healthier than when I was pregnant and just after, in large part to the dynamic shift in lifestyle toward eating well and moving more. But we don’t connect health to physical appeal per se, as any healthy person who isn’t thin can tell you. And when a body shows signs of use beyond the sexual or athletic, we don’t seem to know how to respond to it.
    In fairness, it’s worth noting that all this is just as shocking to the woman it’s happening to. Pregnancy is an intense transformation, childbirth an even more intense act. The recovery time is complicated and multi-layered. And what we are left with is a body that has created a child and often nourished it for a period of time afterward too. It’s easy to be proud of the act, but we follow that nod with an intense effort toward eradicating all signs of it.
  • Fine and Fair: Body Image on the Playground: The Subtle Messages All Around 

    When our children start hearing messages about body image starting in preschool or earlier, how do we instill a positive outlook?
    So what do we do? What can we do? In a world where a Victoria’s Secret commercial asks, “What is Sexy?” and proceeds to answer its question with images of women who are all tall and thin with long legs and breasts that are somehow both large and perky, how do we teach our children that sexy is different things to different people, and that more importantly, sexy isn’t the only thing matters? Is it even possible to raise children, girls especially, who grow into adults who feel good about their bodies, even if they don’t fit the “ideal” image that is thrust in their face at every turn?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Poems for Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop — Week 4: Trust


Weekly Parenting Poetry WorkshopWe're sharing our poems from the Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop:

Week 4:

Trust


This week — our next to last! — we're considering the move into our confidence and rhythm as parents even as we navigate the uncertain waters of discipline, spirituality, and seeking answers to big questions.

If you have a poem or poems posted on your blog, link up below, or paste your poem(s) in the comments!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Calling for submissions for the May 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Emergency Preparedness


We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you'll join us for the next carnival in May 2013! (Check out April 2013, March 2013, January 2013, December 2012, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2011 posts if you missed any.)

Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama.

Here are the submission details for May 2013:

emergency preparedness safety poster by childTheme: Emergency Preparedness: Have you ever lived through a natural (or man-made) disaster? Has your family stocked up on supplies to prepare for a future emergency? Could your family sustain itself through a long-term disaster? Share your stories and tips this month.

Deadline: Tuesday, May 7. Fill out the webform (at the link or at the bottom) and email your submission to us by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time: CarNatPar {at} NaturalParentsNetwork.com

Carnival date: Tuesday, May 14. 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 May 14 and email us the link if you haven't done so already. Once everyone's posts are published on May 14 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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: First haircut


We determined it was time for the ritual first cutting of the mullet for Alrik, 21 months at the time. We came to this conclusion because Mikko had been pestering us about getting his own growing locks out of his eyes — though continually refusing all offers to do so: haircut, bandanna, hair clips. He finally agreed to a haircut if I did it and promised it wouldn't hurt, so we decided to line them both up and get it all over with at once.

two happy boys attacking each other at the mall - brothers siblings
Here are the brothers pre-haircut, as a refresher.
MacGyver and Lord Byron, an intriguing pair.

first haircut for toddler baby boy
Fortunately Alrik didn't have many hairs to cut …

crying sad first haircut for toddler baby boy
… since it turned out he did
not like the process.

first haircut crying baby
It runs in the family, as you can see from Mikko's first haircut.
(I swear I didn't nick them with the scissors!)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Prompts for Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop — Week 4: Trust


Weekly Parenting Poetry WorkshopToday starts the fourth week of the Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop!

We're each writing at least one parenting-themed poem a week on an overarching parenting theme, which I post on Mondays. On Fridays, I post a linkup so we can all share what we've been working on, and then we enjoy reading each other's work. It's been inspiring for all of us!

I also post daily prompts for the week in advance, both to give you more of an idea of what the theme represents, and for any overachievers who want to write more than one poem a week! Remember, anyone who writes and posts a poem for each day of the challenge automatically wins a signed prize copy of Poetry of a Hobo Mama, and anyone who writes and posts at least weekly will be entered into a drawing for one.

For full details and to grab a badge, see the intro post.

You can enjoy last week's poems here and link up your own if you haven't already! It was a beautiful week of poems on Hope.

Now it's time to get writing for this week! Ready?

The fourth week's theme is

Trust

Friday, April 19, 2013

Poems for Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop — Week 3: Hope


Weekly Parenting Poetry WorkshopWe're sharing our poems from the Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop:

Week 3:

Hope


This week we're considering babyhood from a natural parenting perspective and examining our changing identity as parents.

If you have a poem or poems posted on your blog, link up below, or paste your poem(s) in the comments!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Enter the NPN Flickr Photo Contest by April 30!


Enter the Natural Parents Network Flickr Photo Contest by April 30!Recently, Natural Parents Network launched a Flickr Photo Pool and corresponding Photo Contest with over $1000 in photography-related prizes up for grabs for our readers!

Many of you lovely NPN readers have already submitted photos of your beautiful families, showing us what natural parenting really looks like for you in many forms. We are loving the many images that have been added and the opportunity to see the diverse faces of our readers and fellow natural parents. There are almost 500 images added already to the Flickr Pool, and it is turning out to be a very fun way to see and share images of other parents and families like yours!

The April 30 deadline is fast approaching!
Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a fabulous prize package.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Why, hello


cute toddler boy looking at the camera

cute toddler boy smiling at the camera

Monday, April 15, 2013

Prompts for Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop — Week 3: Hope


Weekly Parenting Poetry WorkshopHappy Tax Day to my fellow US taxpayers! Today is still surprisingly auspicious, since it marks the third week of the Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop!

We're each writing at least one parenting-themed poem a week on an overarching parenting theme, which I post on Mondays. On Fridays, I post a linkup so we can all share what we've been working on, and then we enjoy reading each other's work. It's been inspiring for all of us!

I also post daily prompts for the week in advance, both to give you more of an idea of what the theme represents, and for any overachievers who want to write more than one poem a week! Remember, anyone who writes and posts a poem for each day of the challenge automatically wins a signed prize copy of Poetry of a Hobo Mama, and anyone who writes and posts at least weekly will be entered into a drawing for one.

For full details and to grab a badge, see the intro post.

You can enjoy last week's poems here and link up your own if you haven't already! It was a beautiful week of poems on Emerge.

Now it's time to get writing for this week! Ready?

The third week's theme is

Hope

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Surf: Babywearing Batman


Welcome to the Sunday Surf, a tour of the best blogposts I've read throughout the week.

babywearing Batman baby in the mei tai
Giving Batman a lift in the mei tai! (Photo by Mikko)

toddler eating free ice cream cone at mall
It was Free Cone Day!

two boys playing in mall play area
And then my Batboys enjoyed the mall play area/family lounge. Cheap outing!

I have links!


Friday, April 12, 2013

Poems for Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop — Week 2: Emerge


Weekly Parenting Poetry WorkshopWe're sharing our poems from the Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop:

Week 2:

Emerge


This week we're singing our labors and births and reliving the hazy newborn days.

If you have a poem or poems posted on your blog, link up below, or paste your poem(s) in the comments!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Join #NatParNet for our first Twitter party!


Twitter Parties with #NatParNet

Join us for the #NatParNet Twitter Party
Monday, April 15, at 10 p.m. EDT


We are happy to announce that our very first Natural Parents Network Twitter party will be held Monday, April 15th (yes, tax day!) at 7 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. CDT, 10 p.m. EDT).

Are you interested in learning more about natural parenting? Do you already consider yourself a natural parent? What is natural parenting? Chat about our favorite topic with Dionna and me — NPN's cofounders — and a few other of our fabulous NPN volunteers at our first Twitter party, this April 15.

Dionna and I will be answering YOUR questions about NPN and natural parenting, and there will be a chance to win prizes from our sponsors!

Our #NatParNet Twitter parties will inform, empower and inspire.

We invite you to join @NatParNet in our new monthly chats on Twitter. The first of our monthly one-hour online chats will take place at 10 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 15, 2013.

  • Connect with like-minded parents.
  • Learn more about attachment parenting and natural family living.
  • Make new friends and discuss topics that are relevant to your family.

How to participate in our monthly chats:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Easter festivities


Here's our roundup of the weeklong Easter celebrations!

coloring papers at Easter carnival at toddler play gym community center - Easter 2013 holidays
We went to a toddler party at the community center.

toddler sliding down roller coaster ride-on toy at carnival at toddler play gym community center - Easter 2013 holidays
Alrik always forgets to tell his face he's having fun on this ride.

boy sliding down roller coaster ride-on toy at carnival at toddler play gym community center - Easter 2013 holidays
Mikko remembers.

Easter egg hunt for toddlers at carnival at toddler play gym community center - Easter 2013 holidays
Egg hunt for babies! Notice the eggs are not hidden so much as strewn.

Easter egg hunt for toddlers at carnival at toddler play gym community center - Easter 2013 holidays
Didn't matter, though — Alrik found one at a time and ate the candy out of the middle before he'd move on to the next one.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April Carnival of Natural Parenting: Special crepes for a special day



Welcome to the April 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Recipes

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants are sharing their recipes, their stories, their pictures, and their memories.





rolled up asparagus and berenaise sauce on savory crepe - cooking crepes recipes food photo 20120130_6989.jpgWhen Sam was growing up, his mother made French crêpes (or Swedish pancakes, as they also called them) for his family on special occasions: New Year's Day breakfast, birthdays, report cards, and other holidays and festivities. When I joined the family, I quickly embraced the crepe love and enjoyed my visits to the family estate that included one of these ritual breakfasts. (And it didn't take much prodding of my dear mother-in-law for every visit to include one!)

The matriarch holds court over her plug-in crepe pan and pours out one careful measure of batter at a time, until one after another golden-brown flapjack is flipped off the pan and onto a carrying plate, to be claimed immediately by the next relative in line to devour one. The dining table is crammed with toppings — jams, jellies, berries, bananas, butter, cinnamon sugar, all sorts of syrups, fried Polish sausage, sauteed mushrooms, cheese, Nutella, powdered sugar, and probably more I'm forgetting! — and the sensuous pagan ritual crepe preparation and eating begins. And, let me tell you, we can all pack 'em away! Sam used to keep track in his diary each year of how many more crepes he ate as compared with the previous New Year's (and that was about all he recorded in his diary — you know, the important things). I don't want to brag for him, but I think he got up to 14.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Prompts for Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop — Week 2: Emerge


Weekly Parenting Poetry WorkshopToday starts the second week of the Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop!

We're each writing at least one parenting-themed poem a week on an overarching parenting theme, which I post on Mondays. On Fridays, I post a linkup so we can all share what we've been working on, and then we enjoy reading each other's work.

I also post daily prompts for the week in advance, both to give you more of an idea of what the theme represents, and for any overachievers who want to write more than one poem a week! Remember, anyone who writes and posts a poem for each day of the challenge automatically wins a signed prize copy of Poetry of a Hobo Mama, and anyone who writes and posts at least weekly will be entered into a drawing for one.

For full details and to grab a badge, see the intro post.

You can enjoy last week's poems here and link up your own if you haven't already! It was a beautiful week of poems on Prepare.

Now it's time to get writing for this week! Ready?

The second week's theme is

Emerge

Friday, April 5, 2013

Poems for Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop — Week 1: Prepare


Weekly Parenting Poetry WorkshopWe're sharing our poems from the Weekly Parenting Poetry Workshop:

Week 1:

Prepare


This week we're considering the planning and waiting that goes into considering parenting: fertility, conception, loss, frustration, anticipation, and hope.

If you have a poem or poems posted on your blog, link up below, or paste your poem(s) in the comments!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Easter portraits


I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I have so many Easter photos to share, and I thought I'd start with our latest family portraits.

boys Easter portrait 2013 brothers siblings holidays

hugging boys Easter portrait 2013 - brothers siblings holidays
Brothers looking like they like each other!

kissing boys Easter portrait 2013 - brothers siblings holidays
Mistrustful of this brotherly kiss, Alrik was waiting to see what came next…