Carnival of Natural Mothering

The Carnival of Natural Mothering goes live the first Tuesday of each month. To sign up for this month’s carnival, sign up on the linky tool below.

Upcoming Carnivals:

May 6  Carnival of Natural Mothering: Siblings

There is no relationship quite like the sibling relationship! Tell us how you prepared your family for the addition of a new baby. We’d love to hear how you foster a strong bond between your kids. Or, maybe you’d like to write about lessons learned from your own sibling relationships. Let’s talk about ways we can foster love and connection between our children this month. Sign up in the linky below by April 30!

Food

There’s a ton of talk about what not to eat! This month, we want to hear what you (and your kids) do eat! Share your favorite meal or snack recipe. Tell us about your family’s mealtime rituals. We want to hear all the good food stories!

Outdoors

Time in Mother Nature is critical for our well being. Whether you live in an urban jungle or the woods, we want to hear how you make time in nature happen for your family.

Routines and Rituals

There is real comfort in the predictability of a ritual.

Maybe you have a rhythm to bedtime that works. Or, perhaps mornings in your house are blissful. We’d love to hear about the routines that are serving your family’s well.


Art

How do you cultivate a love of the arts in your children? Maybe your family is very musical. Perhaps you have a favorite art project. Do your kids love going to museums? Tell us about your artistic ways.

Success Secrets

Every mother has a few tricks in her bag. Some secret that she pulls out when the waters get rough! What’s hiding in your bag? Do you have the secret to grocery shopping with kids? Maybe you have an awesome tip for staying calm when your kids meltdown. Spill the beans! We wanna know your success secrets.

Extended Family

The more people to love our kids the better, right? But, not everyone parents the same way and that can make for some awkward situations and hurt feelings. We’d love to hear about how you foster connections with your extended family (or friends that are like family!), while living out your values.

Child Literacy

Everyone has heard the saying “Children are made readers in the laps of their parents.” What do you do with your kids to foster a love of reading? Do you have particular books you really like to read with your kiddos? What tips would you give brand new mommas about inspiring a love of books in their babies?

Funny Parenting Moments 

Laughter is so good for the soul. Let’s get our giggle on this month and share our funniest parenting moments.

Brag Book

Most moms have no trouble bragging about their kids. But, we find it more challenging to celebrate our own accomplishments. This month, we want to hear about YOUR successes. Tell us what you are proud of!

Newborn decisions

When having a baby there is a long list of very important decisions to make before-hand. How did you make these? Were you are research buff mom or did you follow your intuition? Did you need to convince your partner or spouse on anything like avoiding vaccinations, circumcision, or even just delaying cord clamping?

Gender neutral parenting

Gender neutral parenting is gaining more and more support as parents scour the shelves for appropriate toys and search the channels for anti-gender-stereotyped shows. How does gender neutral parenting look in your household? Do you make a conscious effort to keep things neutral, or not bother at all? What do you do when your daughter wants everything pink!!!?

Previous Carnivals:

April 1, 2014: What You Wish You Knew

Remember when you got your first positive pregnancy test? What do you wish that woman knew? Write a letter of love and encouragement to that awesome mama just starting her journey.

February 4, 2014: Movement

It is so important for us moms to be physically active and to cultivate that in our kids. Important but not easy! How do you make time movement or exercise? How do you encourage it for your kids? Sign up in the linky below by January 31!

December 3, 2013: Natural New Year’s Resolutions

We will all soon hear people around us resolving to change in the new year. But, one of the keys to natural living is to appreciate that we don’t need a new year for a fresh start. Each day, we have the chance to make better choice and form healthier habits. In December, we want to hear about your natural resolutions, regardless of the time of year you decided to change. Tell us your success stories (e.g., you reduced your family’s exposure to GMO’s), your future plans (e.g., you are going to work to stop yelling) or even about how you embrace each day’s potential for building new habits.

November 5, 2013: Incorporating Natural Into the Holidays

As we approach the holiday season, it is easy to get swept up in preparations and anticipation. How do you bring your natural lifestyle into the holidays with you? Whether it’s eco-friendly party prep, special treats that are also healthy, traditions that involve aspects of nature, or the natural techniques you use to stay calm and focused during the busy months ahead, we would love to read your stories and suggestions that focus on all that relates to a natural lifestyle during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

October 2013: Natural Birth Choices

After the recent rumored natural birth of the future King of England, lots of people have been talking about the reasons a mother may pursue this type of birth. What does a “natural birth” mean to you? Why did (or do) you want a natural birth? What “natural” choices were you able to have, even in a birth that required medical intervention?

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