Weaning: Your Stories – Call for Submissions for the Carnival of Weaning

April 16th, 2012 by Dionna | Leave a comment
Posted in Carnival and Special Series, Feed with Love and Respect, natural parenting

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Weaning. The word can evoke intense feelings – whether you are on the verge of saying goodbye to your nursing relationship, have gone through an unexpected (and unwelcome) weaning, or welcomed the end of your little one’s nursing sessions – weaning is always emotional.

But as intense as weaning can feel for every mother, there isn’t a wide network of support and encouragement for gentle weaning, like there is for breastfeeding. And so it is our intent in this Carnival to share the voices of women across the world – women who have traveled different breastfeeding journeys, but who share at least one thing in common – we eventually stop nursing from the breast and focus more on nurturing in other ways.

Your co-hosts for Weaning: Your Stories are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Dr. Laura at Aha! Parenting.

How to Participate in the Carnival of Weaning

Submission Details for Weaning: Your Stories: If you have experienced the end of your child’s nursing relationship, consider sharing some part of your story: Do you have tips on gentle weaning? Did you nurse your child past infancy – or not? Does your child remember breastfeeding and/or weaning? Did you wean one child while you had another nursling? Did you do anything to mark the occasion? Regardless of where you are in your breastfeeding journey, there is a spot for you in this blog carnival. While we particularly want to hear from mamas who have experienced the process of weaning, the carnival is also open to mamas who are contemplating weaning, who remember weaning as a child, who have particular fears about weaning, et cetera.

Why is your weaning experience unique? Please share your weaning story!

Only two restrictions:

1. We will not host any posts that advocate for non-gentle weaning approaches.

2. Stories of night weaning are welcome only as they relate to your larger conception of full weaning. We would like to keep the Carnival focused on complete weaning.

Deadline: Monday, May 14. Fill out the webform (at the link or at the bottom of this post) and email your submission to both of us at the same time by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time: Dionna {at} CodeNameMama {dot} com and DrLauraMarkham {at} AhaParenting {dot} com

Carnival date: Monday, May 21. 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 21 and email us the link if you haven’t done so already. Once everyone’s posts are published on May 21 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.

Please submit your details into our web form: This will help us as we compile the links list. Please enter your information on the form embedded at the end of this post, or click here to enter it on a separate page: Carnival of Weaning participant form

Please do: Write well. Write on topic. Write a brand new post for the carnival. The carnival theme is not meant to be exclusionary. If your experience doesn’t perfectly mesh with the carnival theme, please lend your own perspective. Please also feel free to be creative within the gentle confines of the carnival structure. If you’re feeling so inspired, you could write a poem, a photo essay, a scholarly article, or a book review instead of a regular blog post (though those are welcomed, too!), as long as what you write is respectful of the carnival’s intent. If you want help determining that ahead of time, please talk with us.

Please don’t: Please don’t use profanity of the sort that might be offensive to more sensitive readers or their children. Please don’t submit irrelevant or argumentative pieces contrary to the principles of breastfeeding or gentle weaning. You don’t have to agree with all our ideals — and certainly you don’t have to live up to them all perfectly! — but your submission does have to fit the theme and values of the carnival.

Editors’ rights: We reserve the right to edit your piece or suggest edits to you. We reserve the right to courteously reject any submissions that are inappropriate for the carnival. Please also note that since there are two co-hosts on different schedules and conferring over email, our personal response to your submission might seem delayed. Don’t be alarmed.

If you don’t have a blog: Contact us about potentially finding you a host blog to guest post. Please write your piece well in advance of the deadline in that case, so we can match you up with someone suitable. But if you really have something amazing to write — why not start your own blog? If you want advice, we find Scribbit’s free Blogging in Pink ebook to be a very helpful and down-to-earth guide, for beginners on up.

If you have questions: Please leave a comment or contact us: Dionna {at} CodeNameMama {dot} com and DrLauraMarkham {at} AhaParenting {dot} com

Links to tutorials: Lauren of Hobo Mama, Dionna, and Dionna’s husband, Tom, have written several tutorials for Carnival of Natural Parenting participants about how to schedule posts in advance, how to determine post URLs in advance, how to edit HTML — all for both WordPress and Blogger users. For these tutorials and more, please see this handy summary post at LaurenWayne.com.

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Show off: If you are a participant or supporter and want our delightful button to put in your sidebar, grab this code! Our button was designed by the fabulous Joni Rae of Tales of a Kitchen Witch.

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