Woohooo this is my first ever Sunday Surf – a post where us bloggers get to share what interesting things we’ve been reading over the past week. I was actually writing a completely different post tonight but when I got to examining the number of tabs I had open on my browser and the really insightful, informative and imaginative stuff I’ve been checking out online, it didn’t feel right to just keep it all to myself! So here goes:
After reading some posts from the wonderful Lucy Pearce at Dreaming Aloud I found out that I’m a Radical Homemaker! Lucy’s blog is full of insights on sustainability, mothering, feminism, creativity, spirituality and philosophy and is well worth adding to your favourites and taking an evening or two to read all her posts. The book Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture and website highlights the thousands of us who are staying at home to looking after our children, home educating, growing food and are committed to making our home the foundation from which we change the world! Can’t wait to read it in full – Lucy’s review is here.
And on the subject of homemaking…are you a Stay-at-Home-Mother (or father) who feels that society does not value the work you are doing in raising a family? Or are you someone who feels that women should be in the workplace and the role of a mother can be taken over by paid childcare? Or anywhere in between? Then trust me, you just got to read this fabulous post by the Analytical Armadillo – ‘If mothers don’t value mothering then who will?‘ Once again I give thanks for the privilege of raising my children. Thanks AA!
I’m a huge fan of the parenting approach of Naomi Aldort and have featured a short review of her work on my post New Paradigm of Parenting – Resources for the Journey. One of these days I will get around to reviewing her awesome book Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves (the short review is that it’s possibly the most wonderful parenting book and you should just get a copy ASAP even if you are not a parent!) Anyway I just found on her website her list of questions and answers that were originally answered on Mothering, so if you think you got kid problems – see if these solutions resonate.
As a mother of a girl child, navigating us all through the influences of the mainstream media I enjoyed reading this post by Beneath the Rowan Tree expressing her concern at the ‘over-commercialization and sexualization’ of our young girls: Let Girls be Girls :: Resisting the Princess Plague
As a Intactivist, I believe that circumcision is a violation of human rights and a totally unnecessary practice for both women and men. While female circumcision is largely outlawed, male circumcision continues in hospitals, sometimes with public funding. In this fabulous article, Lawn Griffiths examines how circumcision is a multi-billion dollar industry kept alive by fear and mis-information. Read, share and together ‘Let’s put the circumcising Junta out of business’
If you read my post on Tuesday, ‘Ten Top ways to Connect Kids with Nature’ as part of the Carnival of Natural Parenting you will have seen the many links underneath for others who participated in the carnival. The theme of this month was to create a top ten list for a natural parent and I recommend checking the posts by all the other fabulous and talented writers out there. I could mention them all here again but in the interests of choosing just one and to further highlight the approaches of Gentle Discipline (I caused a ruckus on my personal facebook page the other day when I mentioned spanking being a futile method of discipline and I promise I will follow up my random rantings on this with a fully fledged, informative backed-up-by-science-links-and-my-own-philosophy post soon), I’m sharing the posts written by the co-host of the carnival the inspirational Code Name: Mama who wrote the Top 10 Ways to Avoid a Time Out.
Just a few minutes before writing this post I watched the video featured below after seeing it posted on the facebook wall of Earthy Motherhood. This short but powerful video just blew me away as it shows just how clearly our ACTIONS affect our children. No child is a carbon copy of their parent but I do believe that we have a responsibility to be positive role models for our little ones. I am learning all the way. Take a moment to watch and let me know what you think.
(Earthy Motherhood also has a fab blog which is ‘dedicated to natural pregnancy, birth and labour choices; lactivism, attachment parenting, vaccination, intactivism, alternative choices and awareness of social issues’ and it’s on my favourites list. Her current post examines the efficacy and necessity of vaccines)
So there you have it, a sneak peek at what I’ve been reading and watching. I feel great about sharing it and hope to catch you on the wave of another Sunday Surf real soon!