Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday Surf: Birthing & Gentle Discipline

Jaymz and I signed the papers (and put money down) for our new house this week. It was very exciting! BUT the official closing date has been moved back until early next week, so we don't get the keys until then, which is kind of a bummer.

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!

You are not a failure… - PhD in Parenting

Yes! I love this post from Annie at PhD in Parenting on breastfeeding "booby traps" and how they're not your fault.

Birth Belongs to Mamas. Period. - Birth Belongs to Mamas

"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."

5 Relationship Lessons and 1 Motto that Saved My Marriage - Mama Eve

Loved this candid post from Suchada at Mama Eve about bringing her marriage back from nearly ending in divorce.

10 Ways To Guide Children Without Punishment - Aha! Parenting

"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. =)

Does leaving against medical advice stick patients with a bill? -

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!

Supporting Women in All Birthing Choices…Is It Possible? - Birth Without Fear

"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."

To praise or not to praise: Is that the question? - Hobo Mama

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!

Visit Natural Parents Network This week at Natural Parents Network, about all different kinds of special needs:

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!

Sunday Surf with Authentic Parenting and Hobo MamaI'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.

Happy Surfing!


  1. Congratulations on the shiny new appliances! Thanks for the great list of links, too. I have heard the bit about how leaving the hospital AMA sticks patients with the bill - I'm glad to know this may not always be the case. I'm off to read!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I had just heard the AMA myth, and it scared me (for any possible hospital rebelliousness). Glad to hear that's not the case!

    We felt so grown-up when we bought our first refrigerator, and then a shiny dishwasher, too. So fun!

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