Carnival of Natural Parenting 2012 Year in Review

July 23rd, 2013 by Dionna | Comments Off on Carnival of Natural Parenting 2012 Year in Review
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Code Name: Mama - Carnival of Natural Parenting — 2012 year in review

For the past three years, I have been proud to co-host the Carnival of Natural Parenting with Lauren of Hobo Mama. We created the Carnival in January 2010 to bring together the awesome community of parenting bloggers who identify as “attachment” or “natural” parents.

In 2012, our writers have shared how they interact respectfully with other parents, even when they disagree; they’ve made us think about children and personal care as well as children and self-image; and they’ve opened up about parenting amidst challenges and extended family. The compilations of posts are a rich resource – I hope you will look through 2012’s themes and articles and get to know some of the writers!

Anyone can write for the Carnival of Natural Parenting, and you can write as few or as many times as you’d like throughout the year. You can read more about how to write for the Carnival as well as details on upcoming topics at our main Carnival page. Here are the topics for the next few months: in August we’re discussing Sibling Revelry; in September we’re sharing tips on staying safe; in October we’re looking at Kids and Technology; in November we’ll dish about Feeding Your Family; in December we’ll write about The More Things Change; and in January we’ll reminisce about The More Things Stay the Same. Topics are posted through March 2014 – come read more details at our main Carnival page.

Whether you write for or enjoy reading the articles written for the Carnival of Natural Parenting, or whether you are simply interested in learning more about natural parenting practices, we want you to join our community at the site born out of the Carnival: Natural Parents Network (NPN). NPN is a community that connects, informs, empowers, and inspires parents and parents-to-be. We are thankful for the larger NP community we interact with on NPN’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter stream, and we’re doubly thankful for the close-knit family of NPN volunteers – we have found true friends.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up for the joint newsletter of Natural Parents Network, Code Name: Mama, and Hobo Mama. And be on the lookout for upcoming Twitter parties, and our newest project, NPN Podcasts!

And for Carnival updates, be sure to look for the #CarNatPar hashtag on Twitter and follow the Twitter list of our #CarNatPar writers. On Facebook, you can get Carnival updates by “liking” the CarNatPar Fan Page.

We look forward to reading more from our writers – new and old – in 2013 and beyond.

I’d like to share with you a few highlights – and a few of my favorite things – from our 2012 Carnival posts.

Here are a few quick facts:

  • In the 11 months that we hosted CarNatPar in 2012 (we took September off), we had 156 different writers.
  • In addition to me and Lauren, we had 4 writers write all 11 months: Jennifer from Hybrid Rasta Mama, Deb from Living Montessori Now, Jorje from Momma Jorje and Laura from Pug in the Kitchen. Our next most prolific writer was Luschka of Diary of a First Child, who wrote for 9 of the 11 months. Thank you, mamas!
  • Our most popular carnival topic was in June with 50 authors – Embracing Your Birth Experience. Our least popular topic was in November with 16 authors – Family Service Projects.
  • Our authors wrote a grand total of 403 posts.

Here are some of my favorite posts from 2012

*(click on each month for a complete list of posts; the monthly themes are in parentheses):

  • January (Experiments in Natural Family Living): Nope Nada Ixnay Negative Pass Decline — Zoie at TouchstoneZ finds out what shakes loose if she says, “YES!!” to anything anyone asks of her over the space of 10 days; and Cold Water Only — Brittany at The Pistachio Project talks about how you do not need hot water to wash laundry.
  • February (Respectful Interactions with Other Parents): Accentuate the Positive — Joella at Fine and Fair shares how she manages interactions with the parents she encounters in her work as a Parent Coach and Substance Abuse Counselor by building trusting relationships and affirming strengths; and Empathy and respect — Helen at zen mummy tries to find her zen in the midst of the Mummy Wars.
  • March (Parenting With Special Needs): Parenting the Perfectionist Child — Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children discusses that as parents of gifted children, we are in the unique position to help them develop the positive aspects of their perfectionism.
  • April (Kids and Personal Care): Encouraging Self-care Through Awareness . . . and Fun — Amy at Presence Parenting shares some tips on how to transform self-care from a struggle into an opportunity — for kids and adults; and Hairbrushing is a Safety IssueDulce de leche, guest posting at Natural Parents Network, explains that although tangles are not a safety issue, self-confidence and body boundaries are.
  • May (Parenting With or Without Extended Family): Dear Children — In an open letter to her children, Laura at Pug in the Kitchen promises to support them as needed in her early days of parenting; and Yearning for Tribal Times — Ever had one of those days where everything seems to keep going wrong? Amy at Anktangle recounts one such day and how it inspired her to think about what life must’ve been like when we lived together in large family units.
  • June (Embracing Your Birth Experience): Embracing Our Potential: Birth as a Metaphor — In a guest post at Natural Parents Network, Sheila from A Living Family guest posts at Natural Parents Network and expresses how birth has served as a metaphor to help her through other experiences in life; and Your Birth Was My FavoriteDulce de leche describes some of the highlights from each of her four births and explains why despite the differences, they are all her favorites; and What Story Will I Tell? — Rachael at The Variegated Life realizes that the way she tells the story of her second child’s birth matters — and could be exhilarating.
  • July (Family Creations): Getting my craft on — In a guest post at Natural Parents Network, Jona at Life, Intertwined takes a trip down memory lane — and finds it in stitches.
  • August (Farmer’s Markets):10 Simple Ways to Make the Farmer’s Market More Fun for Kids — Lorie at Reading Confetti shares ideas and books to help kids get the most from the farmers market experience.
  • October (Instilling a Healthy Self-Image): Beautiful — Tree at Mom Grooves writes about giving her daughter the wisdom to appreciate her body and how trying to be a role model taught Tree how to appreciate her own.
  • November (Family Service Projects): Community Service Through Everyday Compassion — Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children calls us to Community Service Through Everyday Compassion; sometimes it is the small things we can do everyday that make the greater impacts.
  • December (Childhood Memories): Candlelight, fairylight, firelight — Lucy at Dreaming Aloud re-discovers the ingredients for bringing magic to life, especially at Christmas.

Obviously there were many months that I could not choose just one favorite, there were so many fabulous posts this year. To see which posts my cohost, Lauren of Hobo Mama, loved, check out her version of the 2012 Year in Review.

And here is a complete list of all of our participants, with Facebook and Twitter links where applicable:

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