March Link Love

March 24th, 2010 by Dionna | Leave a comment
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This is a monthly post referring you to some sites/articles/posts that I’ve found helpful, amusing, and/or otherwise redeeming in some way. If you know of something you think might be worthy of inclusion, comment or email!

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March is National Reading Month, so Paige at Baby Dust Diaries compiled a great list of books that promote natural parenting, homeschooling, green living, feelings, self-esteem and empathy, assisted reproduction and non-traditional families, and reverse traditional families.
She found so many great books, you’re sure to find one that your child will love!

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If you are a woman who blogs, you have probably heard about the recent NY Times article entitled Honey Don’t Bother Mommy. I’m Too Busy Building My Brand. More interesting to me than the article itself (and the inevitable snarky comments that follow), are the responses from some phenomenal female bloggers. Here are a few that I enjoyed:

Annie from PhD in Parenting asks whether the world sees moms the same way the NY Times does. She also lists several other female bloggers who have responded to the original article.

Jamie from Grumbles & Grunts writes an excellent post in defense of “mommy bloggers.”

Joanne at PunditMom responds to the NY Times so that maybe her daughter will not have to fight the same battles when she is an adult.

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Chrystal at Happy Mothering shares some important information regarding the safety of baby carriers in light of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recent warning.

After you’re done reading that, stop by The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog for a video response that explains which kind of carriers are affected by the warning and demonstrates safe sling positions.

You may also be interested in reading this statement from the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, this compilation of resources from Mothering, and this response co-sponsored by several leading baby carrier manufacturers.

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I enjoyed two of peaceful parenting’s posts on breastfeeding and the consequences of formula marketing.

In the AAFP Statement: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy, Danelle shares an excerpt from The American Academy of Family Physicians 2008 Position Paper on breastfeeding, including this little snippet:

As recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), breastfeeding should ideally continue beyond infancy, but this is not the cultural norm in the United States and requires ongoing support and encouragement.
It is estimated that the natural weaning age for humans is between two and seven years. . . .
If the child is younger than two years, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned.

Formula for Disaster showcases a documentary that “explores the impact that the artificial feeding of babies (specifically through formula companies marketing tactics) have on the health and wellbeing of children in impoverished nations.” Check it out the next time you have a few minutes to sit down and watch an eye-opening video.

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I discovered a site called Parenting Wisely – What to do instead of punishment. It has links to many articles on subjects like “Instead of Hitting” by Peggy O’Mara, ” Twenty Alternatives to Punishment” by Dr. Aletha Solter, and more. I cited to “The Nurturing Parent” by Ross Ellis in my post yesterday on choosing to nurture Kieran instead of to punish him.

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Finally, a few links to guest posts I’ve had published on other sites this month.

Go Green Street published the last post in my series on why we chose cloth diapers. This post focused on the issue of convenience.

I had two guest posts published on API Speaks in March:

In “Staying Patient,” I offer a few strategies parents can use when their children (particularly toddlers and preschoolers) are trying their patience.

In “Finding an AP-Friendly Caregiver,” I listed several suggestions of questions specific to attachment/natural parenting that parents can ask potential caregivers.

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What articles or websites have you stumbled across this month? Please leave a link in the comments!

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