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Lots of Mommy Stuff Sunday Surf


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Here’s the good stuff I’ve read this week. Enjoy!

Getting Rid of the Garbage – “I honestly can’t believe how amazingly all this stuff works – I was kind of doing it begrudgingly at first, because I thought I should…but all of it has worked better than anything I was using before.”

EC From Birth – “Fourteen months in, I am convinced that reading books and formulating a plan is really not all that important. All one needs in order to EC from birth is a desire to communicate with their newborn, and a desire to meet all of their needs in a timely and sensitive manner. EC flows naturally from the connection we instinctually form with our babies, and that connection is all we really need.”

This Week’s Small Change – What To Do When Your Child Behaves Inappropriately – “Sometimes you just wish you had a simple techniqueas an option when your child, tween, or teen is doing something you do not approve of.”

My First Birth Story, Part 1 – Mikko, June 2007: Labor at Home and My first birth story, part 2 — Mikko, June 2007: A hospital transfer – “I could hardly believe such a thing existed outside of my body, and here he was, and I was seeing him for the first time, and he was going to be mine for all time now, and I was just now getting a glimpse of what he looked like.”

Zinc Oxide Sunscreens For Safe Sun Protection – “Many brands offer Zinc Oxide based sunscreens. Here are a few of the better options.”

Got Melke? – “Most women can breastfeed.  But if you live in a country with poor breastfeeding rates it is almost like preparing for a war.  You have to be confident that you WILL do this for your baby.  You have to educate yourself, and arm yourself with a lactation consultant and facts and figures to wave in the faces of your family and friends.  Because so many unqualified (or just plain ignorant) people will be ready and waiting with bad advice, misinformation and bottles of free formula.”

On Labels and Boxes and Trusting Your Gut – “Let’s start trusting ourselves and our instincts about what we should do as parents instead of judging ourselves for not fitting perfectly into a box or judging others for choosing a different kind of box. Let’s just parent our kids the best we know how, instead of spending so much time competing with each other.”

Mom Wars – Guilt, Grief, and Healing – “Being sensitive about a subject is a clear indication that there are some unresolved issues surrounding that experience that need to be dealt with. Often the ‘guilty’ feeling is actually other emotions in disguise like anguish, anger, betrayal, disappointment, etc.”

Gently Responding to an Aggressive Toddler – “As a parent we get to guide behavior when necessary towards what is appropriate. We can see each situation as a perfect opportunity to learn and guide. Nothing more, nothing less. This takes away the stigma of dealing with a child who is defiant.”

Talking and Listening – “Please, for the sake of building a strong rapport with your child, slow it down.  Let your child process what you have just said before you say something else.  And use non-verbal communication:  smile while you wait for an answer, tip your head attentively while you listen to that answer, and offer hugs to go with your acceptance of it.”

Real Food School Lunches III – “…my hope is that one more lunch post will help rejuvenate us all so even during these last few weeks we can continue to send our kids to school with healthy, creative, homemade school lunches that contain nothing other than real food!”

How To: African Babywearing – “It might seem a little scary the first time around, but it is really rather safe and millions of babies are worn that way from dusk til down without accidents. Once you get the hang of it, you might come to love it, as I do, as there is no strain on your shoulders or arms like other ways of carrying might involve.”

Check out Adventures in Mommyhood, Authentic Parenting, Becoming Crunchy, Karen’s Healthy Lifestyle,The New Mommy Files: Memories, Milestones and Missteps, Hobo Mama, I Thought I Knew Mama, Mama Eve, Momma Jorje, One Rich Mother, Greener Cleaning Moms, and The Parent Vortex for more Sunday Surfing!


Book Reviews by YOU!

Instead of me doing a book review this time, I want YOU to. That’s right, it’s your turn readers! Below are the books that I currently own but have yet to read. I fully intend to read all of these (or, at the very least, portions of all

of these) at some point in time but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. Most of them were recommended to me but some I picked out all on my own. See, this is the problem when you have a Paperbackswap.com account and go crazy with your “wish list”. You end up with a lot of books you really want to read but just haven’t gotten to yet. Currently I am reading two books, one of which I will review on here upon finishing (The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson) and the other I am actually listening to on my iPhone from iTunes U (Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray).

So, without further ado, here they all are. Let me know if you have read them, heard about them, want to read them, etc. and your thoughts! Thanks!

The Baby Book by William Sears, M.D. & Martha Sears, R.N.

Healing Children Naturally by Michael Savage Ph.D.

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

How to Teach Your Baby to Read by Glenn Doman, Janet Doman

God Guides by Mary Geegh

Baby Signing 1 2 3 by Nancy Cadjan

One-Minute Cleaner by Donna Smallin

25 Things Every New Mother Should Know by Martha Sears, R.N. with William Sears, M.D.

The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas

Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley

The Discipline Book by William Sears, M.D. & Martha Sears, R.N.

The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace

Relational Parenting by Ross Campbell, M.D.

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers by Tracy Hogg with Melinda Blau

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D.

He Who Lifts the Skies by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow

The Labor Progress Handbook by Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta

The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood by William Sears, M.D., Martha Sears, R.N., James Sears, M.D., and Robert Sears, M.D.

Diaper Free! The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene by Ingrid Bauer

I have another long list of books I don’t own yet that I want to read as well but I won’t burden this post with all of those! If you have a book you would like to recommend though, please do!

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