Introducing the Carnival of Natural Parenting

January 1st, 2010 by Dionna | 4 Comments
Posted in Carnival of Natural Parenting

Happy New Year!!

I am so excited to introduce the Carnival of Natural Parenting! The following information is always just a click away – it’s a tab up at the top of the page. Look up there, see? “Carnival of Natural Parenting” – clickety click, you’ve got it. I’m copying and pasting the info here for your convenience.

My heartfelt thanks to Lauren at Hobo Mama for cohosting and really taking the reins. You rock, mama!

The January carnival submissions are due on Tuesday, January 5. We would love to have you join us!

Please join us for a Carnival of Natural Parenting on the second Tuesday of each month. Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama.

Read below for more information on Submission Details, Monthly Carnival Themes, What is Natural Parenting?, and Additional Resources.

Submission Details

If you’ve never participated in a blog carnival, a carnival is an opportunity to read and write posts on a specific theme once a month from a variety of bloggers. Besides a monthly theme, a carnival has an overarching perspective, in our case, natural parenting.

Monthly themes are listed below and will be kept updated. The submission deadline is the first Tuesday of every month, and the carnival posts on the second Tuesday.

To submit an article for consideration, please email your submission to both Dionna (codenamemama @ and Lauren (mail @ no later than 11:59p.m. PST on the first Tuesday of each month.

Please write a new, previously unpublished post for the carnival. We will email you with instructions on posting before each carnival day. Please do not post your article until the carnival date.

We reserve the right to accept submissions based on relevance to the topic and quality of writing. We also reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity (i.e., spelling and grammatical mistakes), but we will never edit the substance or meaning of your article. Articles requiring excessive editing will be returned and may be accepted at a later date.

What is not acceptable: excessive profanity (there is a time and a place, but it’s not this carnival), poor spelling and grammar, personal attacks, off-topic articles, and articles that advocate for methods of parenting or family living that are directly contrary to natural parenting principles (e.g., we will not host an article on the benefits of spanking or “crying it out”).

Monthly Carnival Themes

January 2010: Parenting resolutions: How do you want to parent differently (or the same!) in the New Year? Submission deadline: January 5. Carnival posting: January 12.

February 2010: Love and partners: How has a co-parent supported your dedication to natural parenting — or not? Submission deadline: February 2. Carnival posting: February 9.

March 2010: Vintage green: What sorts of “green” things did you do as a kid (even if you didn’t know at the time they were eco-friendly) that you now do with your own kids? Submission deadline: March 2. Carnival posting: March 9.

April 2010: Parenting advice: We all need a little input. Write a Dear Abby-like letter asking your readers for help with a current parenting issue. Submission deadline: April 6. Carnival posting: April 13.

May 2010: Role model: It can be daunting to parent against the mainstream, but sometimes people take notice in a positive way. How has your natural parenting inspired someone else? Submission deadline: May 4. Carnival posting: May 11.

Bookmark this page and stay tuned for future themes.

Subscribe to our RSS feeds and follow us on Twitter to stay updated on any carnival announcements (Hobo Mama’s feed and Code Name: Mama’s feed; @CodeNameMama and @Hobo_Mama).

What is Natural Parenting?

“Natural parenting” is based on a desire to live and parent responsively and consciously. While no two families who practice natural parenting may define it the same way, there are several principles that are widely agreed to be part of this lifestyle. These are ideals that natural parents tend to hold — even if we don’t always live up to all of them, we keep them in mind as goals.

1) Attachment/Responsive Parenting: Attachment parents prepare for pregnancy, birth, and parenting; practice exclusive and full-term breastfeeding if possible, and feed with love and respect regardless of whether it is at the breast, with a bottle, or beyond; respond with sensitivity; use nurturing touch (including babywearing and skin-to-skin contact); ensure safe sleep, physically and emotionally (including bed sharing and co-sleeping, responsive nighttime parenting, and no “crying it out”); provide consistent and loving care; practice positive discipline (with no physical punishment); and strive for balance in personal and family life.

2) Ecological Responsibility and Love of Nature: Families strive to reduce their ecological footprint by living consciously and making Earth-friendly choices, such as by choosing organic when possible, using cloth diapers or practicing elimination communication, supporting local economies, and so forth. Parents may choose to find toys and clothing made of natural fibers and materials. Families spend quality time outside enjoying the natural world.

3) Holistic Health Practices: Parents research medical choices and make educated decisions regarding all health care (vaccinations, medical interventions, medications, etc.). Many families choose to use alternative or natural healthcare such as herbal remedies, chiropractic care, natural childbirth, and so on.

4) Natural Learning: Families spend time together, and children learn through everyday activities. Parents try to facilitate learning without “teaching,” to help children ask questions that develop thinking, to develop consideration for others without shaming or training, to give choices while guiding the children, to listen to instinctual cues, to honor emotions and desires, to allow development to take place in its own time, and to engender cooperation and harmony without manipulation. This might include the decision to pursue uncommon methods of education, such as alternative classrooms, home schooling, or unschooling.

Above all, natural parenting is making the choice to develop a deep bond with your children and family based on mutual respect. An attached child grows into a mature and interdependent individual who understands how to develop healthy, secure relationships with others.

Additional Resources

For more information on natural parenting, please visit the following resources:

Please email Lauren (mail @ or Dionna (codenamemama @ if you have any questions or suggestions about the Carnival of Natural Parenting.

4 Responses to:
"Introducing the Carnival of Natural Parenting"

  1. Oh sounds nifty ;) I haven’t done a blog carnival in a long time. I should get in on this one :D

    Happy New Year!!

  2. Wow, this is so cool! I’ve heard a lot about “Natural Parenting”, but I’d never seen such a clear cut definition of it. I guess, in many of the ways (particularly the nursing, 14.5 months baby!) I do NP. I have to work on the green, though. I’m going to really work on crafting a post for your blog carnival in March, because I want to really take that entire month to focus on “going green” on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!


  3. This is a great idea! I have several parenting goals this year, so I might just have to participate! i look forward to keeping up with these carnivals. I always learn so much from them.

    Happy New Year! Visiting from SITS.

  4. how exciting. Would love to participate. Looks like I missed the dead line for tomorrow though. Next month.

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