Every time I move, I discover something while packing that I didn’t realize I had. (Does this happen to you? Maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t have full awareness of the contents of my living space.) This time (among other things) I was surprised by the vastness of our dental floss collection. I didn’t count, but you can see that there’s no shortage of oral hygiene products in this household! We even have oddball dental floss flavors, including bacon and cupcake. If I wasn’t such a hoarder, I might get rid of these, but I can’t bring myself to this time. I am making progress with my hoarding, though: after bagging up the dental floss (to keep), I Freecycled two large bags of other toiletries and feminine hygiene products, all of which went to a women’s shelter. It does feel good to get rid of things sometimes!
What’s the weirdest or funniest thing you’ve found while packing to move? I can’t wait to hear your story!
Thanks to two lovely guest writers, Dionna of Code Name: Mama and Jorje of Momma Jorje, for providing excellent posts this week while I was busy
Here are a few of the great things I've read this week:
I know we've all been there, but what we do with it is the important part. This post from Amanda at Let's Take the Metro sets an excellent example for the rest of us. Thank you, Amanda!
“Turn Around and Face the Wall”: On Responding to a Nursing in Public Objection and Normalizing NIP – Code Name: Mama
Great article from Code Name: Mama recounting two vastly differen nursing in public experiences she recently had. Most of my NIP experiences were totally uneventful, with people not noticing or not saying anything at all. That didn’t take away from the fear I’ve had that someone *will* say something, or that I’ll have to defend myself, so I tried to give myself a pep-talk about it when I was feeling particularly concerned about a reaction. It’s sad that we still do have to talk about this and advocate for ourselves, that this IS still an issue. But we do, and it is.
"You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough." Yes!
An answer to that most obnoxious question endured as small-talk at parties and luncheons the world over – Raising My Boychick
Loved this post from Arwyn which answers the question, "What do you do?"
Thanks to Moorea of Mamalady for introducing me to this blog! Milk Junkies is written by Trevor, a trans father who breastfeeds his son (with the help of a SNS). This particular post about attachment parenting drove home the belief I already had that the emotions and experiences of parenthood are largely universal. I really appreciate Trevor's willingness to write so openly about his breastfeeding and parenting journey!
Has your child ever been excluded from play with other children? How about by one of the other parents? Amy of Toddler in Tow recounts a painful story of this happening to her daughter, and she'd love input about how to keep calm and collected in similar situations.
Curious about unschooling? I love this post from Lauren of Hobo Mama which explains how unschooling really isn't radical at all: it's what you and I do every day!
I wrote about the fertility awareness method of preventing or achieving pregnancy at Diary of a First Child this week. If you've ever been curious about this totally natural, non-invasive and non-hormonal birth control option, head on over there and read all about it! I detailed how to track and chart basal body temperature and cervical mucous to know when you're ovulating, as well as my personal experiences with this simple and effective method.
This week at Natural Parents Network:
- The Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Family Rhythm
- The Flip Side of Gratitude
- Wordless Wednesday: Coping with Meltdowns
- Trying to Conceive while Breastfeeding
- A Language Lesson for Infertility
- Survival Tips For Parents of Three Year Olds
What have you read lately that I shouldn't miss?
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!
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