Ta-da! I've gotten a make-over! It's coming on the one-year anniversary for BPM and it felt due for some changes. I'm streamlining my topics from general whole-living and natural-parenting be-present types of articles to articles focused on three areas of connection- food, creativity and play. I'll still be participating in the Carnival of Natural Parenting, and posting here for the links to my articles on Natural Parents Network. I still write the occasional article specific to parenting, but they will be more geared towards the overall tone of connection.
Why those three? Well, I have felt naturally inclined to post more about the activities that I do with Everett most recently because not only does it make blogging a bit easier, but I've found that it's what I believe in most. Growing as a parent in the past (nearly) 4 years, through experience and reading, I've found that playing with Everett, and now Kellan has the most profound effect. So profound, I have to say that it goes above and beyond almost anything else I do as a parent to build a strong, loving, and trust-filled relationship. When we play together, we are the most connected. I want to encourage other families to play together, to roll around on the floor and get silly or put on a cape and run around pretending to be superheroes.
Food, as some of you older readers might have guessed, is the second love of my life. To nourish my children with real, wholesome food and to help them build a healthy relationship with their food is an integral part of our day. Instead of allowing it to become part of the background, I make the food we eat a clear and conscious choice and another avenue for connection. My children join me in the kitchen from the day they are born and will always be encouraged to be a part of meal preparations. This, too, I want to encourage in other families by continuing to write "Kids in the Kitchen" recipes and share how I make this all (above) happen.
Creativity is alive and always flowing through children. They thrive on creativity. It oozes from their pores. Essentially, its another name for play, only it often ends with something tangible. I chose creativity, as opposed to art (even though we do a lot of art) because creativity isn't just about art. It can be a science project or a dramatic skit just as much as it can be a drawing. Adults so often lose their confidence in creating. We become rigid and tight. We self edit and become judgmental. Learning to put all that aside, however, we open the doors to our children. Through our creations, Everett and I learn from each other, have fun, and grow a deeper connection. I want families to shrug off their inhibitions and get messy with their kids.
So, there it is. My new face. I hope you like the changes and continue to love the articles. Happy reading!