Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Surf: Home Ownership & Earth Day

We've made a few late-night trips to the hardware store.
This particular night there was a special on projectiles.
Happy Earth Day! I've been enjoying the sunshine and the warm air today. We even got the new clothesline hung up in the back yard, and it's full of fresh diapers right now. Lovely! What did you do to celebrate Earth Day?

We're starting to get more settled here in our new house, which feels really good. I'm not sure if you knew, but home ownership puts your "To Do" list on growth hormone, and the list instantly doubles or triples in size. It's really been fun though, to make plans for rooms, to put things in their new places, and see everything beginning to take shape.

I've been a bit preoccupied with all these new tasks, so I missed Sunday Surf last week. This week is a bit late, but I know you understand!

Tons of thanks to my fabulous guest bloggers from last week, Jorje of Momma Jorje, Gretchen of That Mama Gretchen, and Charise of I Thought I Knew Mama. Jorje helped me out for the Carnival of Natural Parenting by revealing a handy tool she uses to navigate bedtime routine to avoid struggling with her daughter. Gretchen wrote about how a book she used to read with her mom helps her to remember these days (as a mom of a little one with one on the way) how important it is to take time to care for herself. Charise shared a piece outlining a few of the many reasons why breastfeeding has been extremely convenient and helpful for her family. I hope you'll visit Jorje's blog, Gretchen's blog, and Charise's blog to show them each some love for helping me out during this transitional time!

Here are a few of the great things I've read lately:

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy – Purpose Fairy

Thanks to Amanda of Let's Take the Metro for sharing this one with me. I'm definitely working hard on several of these things!

Crying in Arms as it Relates to Attachment Parenting – the other baby book

I liked this description of Crying In Arms (CIA) and how it fits into the AP philosophy of parenting. My understanding of CIA is that it takes into account that sometimes we all just need to cry to process an emotion or experience, babies included. (Though it's not the "babies need to exercise their lungs" excuse, either.) What do you think about crying in arms?

The Most Scientific Birth Is Often the Least Technological Birth – Atlantic Mobile

Interesting distinction of Scientific v. Technological in this article. I chose an unmedicated, low-intervention birth for many of the reasons outlined in this article, and it was one of the most incredible experiences I've had to date!

The simplest way to say I love you – Mama Eve

I loved this post from Mama Eve, on the joy of being witness to our children's lives.

5 Types of Behavior that Should Ring an Alarm Bell – Authentic Parenting

This is one of those "read and file away in the back of your mind for when you (hopefully never) need to use it in the future" posts.

Sharing, Turn Taking, and Fairness: A Montessori Perspective – Vibrant Wanderings

I'm so late in sharing this one (sorry, Melissa!) but it's been open in my tabs for weeks. It's all about sharing, and I really appreciate the challenge to examine our own motivations behind wanting our children to share with each other. (For what it's worth, I don't expect Daniel to share with other kids, and if your kid comes over to my house, she doesn't have to share with him either.) I'd love us all to talk more about this!

On the selfishness of homeschooling: Myth busting – Hobo Mama

This was such an interesting read from Lauren at Hobo Mama. A couple of these myths are so ridiculous I literally laughed out loud when I read them! (I'm not saying I don't believe that people think these things, just that it seems so silly to me to be so blatantly presumptuous and judgmental of others' choices about schooling their kiddos.) Have you run into any of these judgments about the way you choose to teach your kiddos or the way you were schooled?

Six Words You Should Say Today – Hands Free Mama

Yes! Love this. Love.

Earth Day Blog Carnival - Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt JunctionToday was the fabulous Earth Day Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction.

The carnival participants wrote about steps we take to live more eco-friendly, environmentally conscious lives. I wrote about how the city I live in (lovely Portland, Oregon) makes it so easy for me to be aware of my environmental impact and to then make changes and make better choices. I'm working my way through the rest of the posts now, and they've all been excellent so far! I've gotten several new ideas about things I'm going to try to make my footprint even smaller.

 

This week at Natural Parents Network:


What have you read lately that I shouldn't miss? 

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!

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