Silent courage of mothers in rural Cambodia

Welcome to the March 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Everyday Superheroes This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have talked about the remarkable people and characteristics that have touched their lives. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants... Nothing against workdays at the office. There’s something to be said for air-conditioned comfort when the blistering sun and uneven roads await activities that donors have pledged tax dollars for. Besides, all the preparatory, follow-up and administrative work is necessary. But fieldwork is where the action is - where meaningful … [Read more...]

the problem with the way we handled attachment parenting

The above image is from the 21 May 2012 issue of TIME magazine. "Are you mom enough?" - That headline just grabs you, doesn't it, questioning your values and your parenting. One thing we didn't anticipate, in all the planning and discussions about attachment parenting, is the difficulties in teaching our son to put himself to sleep, and to soothe himself back to sleep when he twitches awake in the night - without me. For the past 16 months I was perfectly happy to oblige his every request. I'm quite fortunate to work for an employer who's flexible to the needs of new mothers. There's a nursery at the office so you can nurse or pump during the workday, and until the child is a year old s/he and the nanny can be taken on work trips to … [Read more...]

Mom I Am

I love it! Poem is from the Mom's Online Breastfeeding Board: Little ones can squirm and pout, make a fuss and scream and shout. When hunger hits without a doubt, Sit right down and whip it out. I would nurse her if she cried, I could nurse her far and wide, Here and there or anywhere, Up or down or on a chair. I could nurse a teddy bear, For this fine milk is very rare!!! Would you nurse him on a train? Would you nurse him on a plane? Would you nurse him in a car? Would you nurse him in a bar? Yes, on a train, yes on a plane. Yes, in a car, yes in a bar. I would nurse him here or there. I would nurse him anywhere! I would nurse him in a booth, On the stairs or near the roof. Anywhere my … [Read more...]