What In The World Is Natural Parenting?

What is Natural Parenting Exactly?

It is a trend that you cannot escape. You see it on magazine covers, you find it on the spines of books on bookstore shelves, and you read about it on just about every parenting blog that has been penned by a father or a mother out there. Natural Parenting. Well, now what in the world is it, exactly?

To me, it sounds like what you would think it is. You have children naturally without pain killers. (I did this for all three of my children in a hospital, not at home). You breastfeed your children. What else? Maybe it also means that you grow your own vegetables and make your own baby food. Note that I said this is what I think it is.

I happen to use cloth diapers on my babies, too. A few people thought I was nuts. In a short time, a few of those people decided that there were virtues to using a cloth and they got on the bandwagon with me. Other things natural parenting makes me think of is not using deodorant or not vaccinating your kids. It seems like it is something only hippies do, right?

They also prefer to use fans and open windows and skip the air conditioning. No, not me. I like the conveniences of modern life. I still consider myself a natural parent. I try to follow what constitutes this lifestyle.

We have started a garden and have been pleased with the vegetables that come from it. My kids like helping with the gardening and there is no greater thrill than eating the food we have grown for ourselves.

I consider tutoring your children to be part of natural parenting, as well. I think it helps foster a bond with your children and it helps them to learn to be independent thinkers.

I do use deodorant, I am happy to inform you. I always try to use a brand that is made of pure ingredients, however. I don’t go out of my way to use toxic chemicals. As for what my husband and I do to raise our children, I would think that it goes along the lines of natural parenting.

However, after reading some of the natural parenting guidelines online, you would think my husband and I have a long way to go to become truly natural. I am not sure I feel we are doing our children any disservices by parenting them the way we choose to. We do our best to bring natural into as many aspects of our lives as we can.

I don’t believe that advocates of natural parenting should shame other parents into doing this that or the other thing in an exact manner to “qualify” as a natural parent. We all have our own styles and preferences as do our children in life. I think you need to remain open to parenting from the heart.

If that means ditching deodorant, then well, more power to you! I am kidding but I wonder what means natural parenting to you?

Cloth Diapering Help is Here!

Natural Moms and Moms to Be!

I’m so excited to tell you about the latest project from my friend Erin at The Humbled Homemaker.

Today Erin launches her latest eBook release, Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert, and I have to say that I really wish that this book was out about 6-1/2 years ago when I was researching cloth diaper options.  I was pregnant with Luke and really wanting to cloth diaper, but I had no clue what I was doing or getting into.  Maybe you are in that place right now?   I spent weeks, possibly months, on the internet reading about my options.  I read about different types of cloth diapers, how much they cost, and how to care for them.  I stressed over which diapers to buy because we didn’t have any stores in our town where I could go to actually get my hands on any of the newer updated pocket diapers.  I was so overwhelmed!

You are in luck!  Erin has done ALL of the research and trial and error for you!  She has made every cloth diapering mistake in the book.  She has worked for a cloth diapering store.  She has trouble-shooted for other mothers, helping them to find the perfect fit to their babies’ cloth diapering needs.  And she has saved her family thousands of dollars by ditching disposable diapers!  Now she has written the book!

This week only Erin is offering a HUGE deal when you buy Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert for the introductory price of $9.95.  By the way, $9.95 is less than the cost of using disposable diapers for one week… this is worth the try!


When you buy the book for only $9.95 you will also receive all of these bonuses from these amazing companies who have partnered with Erin for her book launch:

Free Baby Accessories*

A free nursing cover by Udder Covers!* ($34.95 value!)

A free baby sling from Seven Slings($48 value!).

A free nursing pillow from Nursing Pillow ($39.95 value!).

A free carseat canopy from Carseat Canopy ($49.95 value!).

Can you believe these bonuses!  If you are a new mother or an expecting mother, these products are all things that you will find that you cannot live without.  If you ask me they are definitely worth the cost of shipping, no doubt!