Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Surf: Contentment and Mothering

I'm catching up on Sunday Surfing today (translation: this is a long one—hope you're ready to do some reading!), as I've been not feeling as inclined to write the past few weeks. Things have been busy and kind of complicated lately...which is a post for another day. I will say that we're all enjoying this long weekend together, taking it easy while also taking small steps to continue to get more settled into our new house.

The past two evenings have been punctuated by quick after-dinner thunderstorms, a rare occurrence in Portland (aside from the past two nights, I only recall one other thunderstorm since we moved here five years ago). I've really enjoyed getting to be a spectator to the energy in that kind of storm, observing and drawing on it, feeling the vibration of the thunder move through my body. Nature really is awesome.

I recently participated in the Carnival of Weaning, reflecting on my experiences with Daniel's weaning just a few months ago. I wrote up a quick tutorial for how to make a photo book like the one I made for us to commemorate the occasion. Daniel loves this book. He asks me to read it to him at least once per day, and he enjoys talking about what we're doing in every photograph, pointing out our hands and eyes and discussing drinking mama's milk. I'm really glad I took the time to make this opportunity for us to share this story together!

There are so many thoughtful and informative posts to read from this carnival—I encourage you to browse through the list at the bottom of my post and learn more about others' personal experiences with weaning.

A big Thank you! to Rebekah and Chris of Liberated Family for their recent guest post on how our families can work toward reducing household waste. I'm very impressed that this family of four manages to only produce half a paper grocery bag of garbage per week! I I think my family does fairly well in our continual efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, but Rebekah and Chris inspire me to try even harder to lessen our impact on the environment. I hope you'll check out their post for some helpful tips, then head over to Liberated Family and poke around—they've got many excellent green living resources which I know you'll find helpful! (If you feel so inclined, you could also check out their Etsy shop, Born at Home Toys, where they feature gorgeous handmade wooden toys. Daniel loves his cherry hatchback!)

Have you entered to win my latest giveaway yet? Patricia Sereno is offering Anktangle readers a chance to win one of ten Moonrise Lullaby Celtic harp CDs, a collection perfectly suited to soothe a fussy baby into a restful sleep. I truly love this music, and I know you and the little one(s) in your life will too! I hope you'll check out the giveaway to learn more about the artist and her mission, and then use the easy Rafflecopter system to enter to win. (Open Worldwide; ends June 9th at 11:59PM Eastern.)

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

The Sexuality of Breasts: Keeping Women in Their Place – living peacefully with children

Love this one from Mandy about a conversation she had with her son about the over-sexualization of breasts. Great read!

Fatsronauts 101 – Shakesville

This piece is part of an interesting series which aims to debunk myths about fatness in an effort to reduce fat shame. This is so very necessary these days, and I am thankful for this author's efforts to further the cause.

My son pushed your child today: from one mother to another – The home of Lisa Hassan Scott

I really REALLY appreciate this candid, heartfelt letter from one mom to another: asking for compassion, understanding, and mutual understanding.

Your Baby Isn't Trying to Annoy You; She's Crying to Communicate – BlogHer

From the moment a child enters the world, they are trying to communicate. Crying, grunting, making eye contact, mirroring expressions: all of these things are the instinctive tools built into infants to reach out into a brand new world and make contact. They can do no more. It is entirely up to the parent to make the connection, to respond, to build those all-important "lines of communication" that will be so vitally important to parents in later childhood.

Are you Damaging Your Child by Demanding Obedience? – Authentic Parenting

A very interesting read from Authentic Parenting on the potential consequences of obedience. What do you think about the ideas presented in this article?

An open letter to Jamie Grumet and ALL the other mums who have spoken publicly about sustained breastfeeding Dispelling – Breastfeeding Myths

This is just lovely. ♥

The Liberation of Mothering Instinctively – the Little Leaf

I could really relate to Kim's thoughts in this article about Attachment Parenting. I agree completely that it is women and motherhood that is being devalued in many of our current societies, and that our babies shouldn't have to bear the brunt of that.

Rebirth: What We Don’t Say – The Sage Mama

This is such a beautiful piece from The Sage Mama about the transition of becoming a mother...and then getting to know herself again.

Triandem Nursing: Three is a Happy Crowd – The Guggie Daily

I'm happy that more people seem to be writing about breastfeeding lately in an effort to help normalize it, including breastfeeding older nurslings, tandem nursing, and nursing through pregnancies. I enjoyed reading and learning through this article from The Guggie Daily, in which the author discusses her experiences with triandem nursing—breastfeeding three!

The Little Guide to Contentedness – zenhabits

There has been little in my life that has made as much an impact as learning to be content — with my life, where I am, what I’m doing, what I have, who I’m with, who I am. This little trick changes everything.

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What have you read lately that I shouldn't miss? Let me know in the comments!

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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