Welcome to the November 2012 Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival: Gratitude and Traditions
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival hosted by Authentic Parenting and Living Peacefully with Children. This month our participants have written about gratitude and traditions by sharing what they are grateful for, how they share gratitude with their children, or about traditions they have with their families. The Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival will be taking a break in December, but we hope you will join us for the great line up of themes we have for 2013!
This has been in some ways a difficult time emotionally for me, for many reasons. To sit down for an hour or so and think carefully about what I am grateful for is soul nourishing and healing, it is just what the doctor ordered! It helps to put life into perspective, to feel an inner happiness which at times we can all forget. There is just so much to be grateful for in my life, which must be a good thing! Perhaps the best way is in a summarised list format, so it isn’t too long; – For having a child, the most beautiful, life-changing event of my life. Every day I give thanks for his life, and for being able to share so much of my time with him. As he grows up into his own little person, this becomes more and more apparent, as I see him moving out further into the world I treasure the times he turns around inwardly to seek my support. – For having a house and garden to live in; having travelled and seen a lot of the world, I am more aware of the huge amount that we do have in the West, and to try not to take all this for granted. Even within my own country there is so much poverty. I am so grateful for the house we live in, our beautiful, huge garden, and for the lake and surrounding countryside which is on our doorstep. All this I love to share each day with my little boy, especially being so close to nature, hearing the owls hooting at night and the geese on the lake, seeing the bats flying by, watching the autumn leaves falling from the trees. Continue reading My little gratitude list→
Welcome to the May 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting With or Without Extended Family
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 shared how relatives help or hinder their parenting. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
This post is dedicated to my parents
Breaking the news
The joy on my parents face when we broke the happy news to them that I was pregnant was priceless and indescribable. Having waited many long years for grandchildren, after having four of their own, my parents were utterly delighted. It also came at the best time for them, having both recently retired, my mother as a nursery teacher, so with more time on their hands to help support us. Added to us their total devotion and love of young children, and a strong relationship with me, we knew we were extremely fortunate and blessed entering this new phase of our lives.
A rosy childhood
I was brought up in a loving, secure household with my three brothers and many pets. I have many treasured memories of my childhood, all of which revolve around the unconditional love my parents gave us all. Annual family holidays with my cousins in North Wales, and in France, long walks in the local woods or up mountains in the Highlands of Scotland, visits to my relatives in Bolton, sunny days spent playing our large garden or indoors with masses of Lego, the list goes on. The blanket of warmth, comfort and security wrapped around me, enabling me to grow up valuing myself, my family and the world I lived in. My parents simply gave unconditionally, no sacrifice was too large.
This article was first published in La Leche League GB ‘Breastfeeding Matters’ magazine, number 185, September/October 2011.
When I was pregnant I was asked whether I would breast or bottle-feeding. This puzzled me because there was never a question, to me breastfeeding is simply how you feed your baby. Luckily, I come from a family who support breastfeeding, including my Nanna who fed twins at a time it was ‘normal’ to bottle-feed, my Aunty who fed her children until they naturally weaned, and my mother who breastfed me and my brothers. I therefore felt supported in embarking on feeding my own baby. Continue reading Mothering Through Breastfeeding: Part One, birth to ten months→