Carnival of Natural Parenting 2014 Year in Review

May 4th, 2015 by Dionna | Comments Off on Carnival of Natural Parenting 2014 Year in Review
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For the past five 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 2014, our writers revealed their parenting fears; they shared their family’s past times and discussed how to balance “me time” and family time; and they offered ideas and tips on fun and frugal family vacations and on how to make the most of indoor time with kids. The compilations of posts are a rich resource – I hope you will look through 2014’s themes and articles below 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 April we’re sharing stories relating to our family history; in June we’ll be writing letters to ourselves; and in later months we’ll let our kids take over our blogs, we’ll reveal some parental confessions, and we’ll share traditions surrounding anniversaries. Topics are posted through January 2016 – come read more details at our main Carnival page.

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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 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 2015 and beyond.

I’d like to share with you a few highlights – and a few of my favorite things – from our 2014 Carnival posts.

Here are a few quick facts:

  • In the 11 months that we hosted CarNatPar in 2014 (we took October off), we had 75 different writers.
  • In addition to me and Lauren, two other author wrote all 11 months: Jorje from Momma Jorje and Jennifer from Hybrid Rasta Mama. Our next most prolific writers were Kellie from Our Mindful Life and Gretchen from That Mama Gretchen, who wrote for 9 of the 11 months. Thank you, mamas!
  • Our most popular carnival topic was in January with 30 authors – The More Things Stay the Same. Our least popular topic was in November with 11 authors – Indoor Fun.
  • Our authors wrote a grand total of 201 posts.

Here are some of my favorite posts from 2014

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

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 2014 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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