Late this week I met the appliance delivery people at the new house to observe them putting the new appliances (refrigerator, washer, and dryer) into the house. It felt a little weird to be standing around in the empty house watching them work, but it was really fun to see our shiny new things getting settled into their new places.
This is the first time Jaymz and I have owned any large appliances (besides our chest freezer, which is also a relatively recent addition). We picked them out on a (rainy) Saturday during Daniel's nap, without any advanced planning or research whatsoever. I have to say, it was quite a strange feeling to be in a room full of warm, empty refrigerators: debating their ins, outs, and what-have-yous.
On that note, here are a few of the great things I've read lately:
Thanks to Shannon of Pineapples & Artichokes, this week I got to host a lovely guest post about princesses! I've read quite a bit about our princess culture, but nothing quite like Shannon's take on it. Her post inspires me to be intentional about the way I share fairy tales with Daniel. I hope you'll take some time to visit Shannon's blog and show her some love!
Yes! I love this post from Annie at PhD in Parenting on breastfeeding "booby traps" and how they're not your fault.
"Either women have autonomy over their bodies or they don't. The right to birth as one wishes exists whether or not you agree with the choices being made."
Loved this candid post from Suchada at Mama Eve about bringing her marriage back from nearly ending in divorce.
"The most effective way to teach kids is to treat them the way we want them to treat others: with compassion and understanding." I love this list of ten alternatives to punitive discipline from Aha! Parenting. My favorite is #10: Hugs. =)
This article totally blew my mind, because I was taught in nursing school that leaving AMA would invariably stick the patient with footing his entire hospital bill. I'm sorry that I've spread this misinformation, but—no more!
"No matter what I feel is best for me (or even you), I still think all birth should be celebrated. I believe all women should be supported."
In this guest post at Hobo Mama, Amy Phoenix of Presence Parenting describes the differences between different types of praise (evaluative, descriptive, and appreciative) and their different effects on children. I love this article because I often have difficulty explaining what I mean when I tell people that Jaymz and I don't praise Daniel (referring to evaluative praise). We do, however, use the other two types of praise outlined here, and often. By using description and appreciation, we are still able to express joy and gratitude for Daniel and the things he does, without trying to coerce or manipulate him with our words. Great read!
This week at Natural Parents Network, about all different kinds of special needs:
- A Voice for my Child
- What to Say (and What NOT to Say) to a New/Pregnant Parent Who Receives a “Special Needs” Diagnosis
- Wordless Wednesday: Special Needs
- Night Parenting with Sensory Processing Disorder
- The Emotional Components of Bonding with Preemies
- Mashed Parsnip Nest With Cajun Sausage and Carrots
The March Carnival of Natural Parenting which published this week was chock-full of eloquent and thoughtful posts about parenting with special needs. There were so many excellent posts, I highly recommend you check out at least a few of them I bet you'll learn something new—I know I did!
I'm joining Authentic Parenting and Hobo Mama for Sunday Surf. Share your best reading of the week, and link up your post at either blog!
For more great reading, visit Hobo Mama or Authentic Parenting for the latest Sunday Surf and linky.