If you have a glance over on the right hand side of the screen, a little lower down, you’ll see two badges in blue (unless of course you’re reading this on your phone, thanks to the snazzy new ‘for mobile’ design I’ve added). Those are my Natural Parents Network mentor and author, representative of my online mother’s group. The Natural Parents Network is where I go for advice, information, or just generally to take a load off and learn from others who have walked this parenting journey ahead of me.
Today I’d like to share with you some of the best posts written by other NPN mentors, authors and moderators, all volunteers in this incredible network.Â If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to join the NPN community on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.
Joella – Fine and Fair – An Unusual Gripe with Bebe Gloton
Amy at Innate Wholeness offers simple tips to be present with family whether you’re having fun and want to soak it up like a sponge or would rather run and hide in a cave.
Charise at I Thought I Knew Mamashares sound bites from her miscarriage journey of forgiveness and gratitude.
Shannon H – Pineapples and Artichokes – Let’s Talk About Diversity – Shannon writes about how she is trying to raise her daughter to be accepting of everyone.
Jennifer – Hybrid Rasta Mama – Don’t Say No To Me discusses the overuse of the word “no” and offers some aid in finding creative ways to avoid “no.”
Melissa – The New Mommy Files: Memories, Milestones and Missteps – The Case for Instinctual Mothering
Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro shares a comprehensive list of all the food she keeps on hand.
Suchada – Mama Eve – Sleep, Crying, and Balancing Closeness with Boundaries
Shannon R – The ArtsyMama – Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before Little Man
Kristin – Intrepid Murmurings – Babywearing Twins: Tips and Tricks for Babywearing Two
Julia at A Little Bit of All of It tells the story of how motherhood came to her and how a miscarriage shaped her feelings and perceptions surrounding the birth of her first daughter.
Emily – Embrita Blogging – 10 Things That Make Me Happy
Lauren – Hobo Mama – Postpartum sex vs. sex before kids
As part of an ongoing series about balance, Amy at Anktangle writes about a daily ritual she has adopted to help her maintain balance in her life.
Cynthia at The Hippie Housewife is reminded that while the days may sometimes be long, the years are short, and after a rough day the best thing to do is give thanks for the best parts and try again tomorrow.
Dionna at Code Name: Mama offers 7 Alternatives to Good Job: “Good job’ing” kids can be a mindless habit to fall into. Instead of using a generic “good job,” try one of these ideas to really connect with and nurture your child.
Darcel @ The Mahogany Way has the ultimate boredom busting activity for children of all ages.
Alicia at Lactation Narration discusses the long journey of child-led weaning, during which she thought several times that her child was weaned before she really was.
Mandy @ Living Peacefully With Children: Letting go of the illusion of control opens up a an entirely new world.
Mary Michael @ The Accidental Natural Mama recounts her journey to Mama-hood.
Sheryl @ Little Snowflakes talks about the benefits of nursing a child to sleep.
Rachael at The Variegated Life meditates on the moment when she first saw herself fully embodying her life as a mother.
Momma Jorje shares some good news and important information about Lindane and Lice.
I hope you enjoy these links, and that they give you plenty of encouragement, inspiration, and a little something to think about! I know I’ve learned a lot from these girls and I hope youÂ have too!