Apart from writing lots of articles myself, I got a whopping 35 guest posts, on different topics. I couldn't let the year go by without thanking all those wonderful guest bloggers, who made this blog all the more interesting with their different point of view and opened op the blogosphere to you, the readers of this blog. Through these collaborations, I have met great people and discovered interesting blogs. So to all of you, thank you very much, and I hope that we can work together again in 2011!
So without further ado, an overview of all my guest posts, arranged per topic:
- Jeff 'Just A Bald Man' Sabo, who sadly stopped blogging since, gave me a moving guest post about homebirth from a father's perspective.
- A post about birth options describes Brooklyns voyage into birth information.
- I also had the privilege of posting Dohiyi Mama's daughter Anna Yael's birth story
- Sadly it wasn't all love and joy in guest post land. In a heartbreaking two part story, Elizabeth Walker shared the story of her miscariage.
- Carina Freeman wrote a post on "How To Deal WIth Infertility During The Holidays" and I am very pleased to say she will now become a regular guest blogger on infertility.
- My very first guest post, and one of my very first posts, was a note left by my friend Erin Napper in the Facebook group 'Hey Facebook, Breastfeeding is not obscene!' (official petition to Facebook) where she tackles the many arguments we find splashed around the internet against breastfeeding. I titled it Ignorance is Bliss - Silence is Golden
- Kimberly from Fertility Flower took the opportunity to write about 'extended' breastfeeding and how that was not an option for her in an article titled "Lactivism as Radical Parenting", and your support and comments made her rethink her decision to wean and I am happy to say she is still breastfeeding her gorgeous daughter AND pregnant.
- Another one of my readers, Abbie Kennedy wrote about her mum's influence on her breastfeeding.
- Dohiyi mama told us, in a very uplifting post "Why You Can Breastfeed".
- To promote positive ideas about breastfeeding, I started a series about "Positive NIP Stories". If you would like to contribute, feel free to mail it to me: mamapoekie at yahoo dot com
- Learning To Live: Our Journey To Unschooling was a post swap I did with Jessica from The Leaky Boob, when we were both just starting. She has now grown her blog to a huge community of breastfeeding mothers and lactivists.
- Lisa Meuser explains how finding a way to communicate authentically and to allow her daughter to communicate in her own way taught her a lot about parenting and about the world at large.
- One of my most popular posts was a guest post by Dionna from Code Name: Mama. It tried to give alternatives to punishment and asked for your participation to find some solutions to typical 'misbehavior'.
- Suzy from Surebaby.com wrote about how to achieve effective discipline
- In this category, we also had this great three part series by Dulce on how to get into a more gentle parenting state, titled "Gently Disciplining Ourselves" Part I, Part II and Part III
- The first guest post from DeAnna L'Am "Coming Of Age: How to Start Welcoming Your Girl Into Womanhood" would jumpstart an idea for guest posts about coming of age and related topics.
- A second post in this category was also by DeAnna: "How To Discuss Menstruation With your Daughter (or Son)"
- Emma Hartwell shared the story of her first period
- And the third and last guest post of DeAnna in 2010 discusses the sacred mother-daughter bond
- In Becoming and Staying A Work AT Home Mother, Sharon told us how being a Shaklee representative allowed her to stay home with her child.
- Faithful reader from the first hour and developmental specialist and coordinator Susan Betke wrote about the human ability to love.
- Sarah from Becoming Sarah questioned the need for toys for small children.
- In "Nothing To Prove" Morgan Khalsa Kaur wrote about her insecurity as a parent.
- She offered a second guest post a while later about her attempts to marry parenting and spiritual practice.
- Another loyal reader Karen Du Toit from Johannesburg, South Africa shared her concerns about her toddler's constant nudity.
- Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas wrote about sign language for infants
- Diane Janis from Earth's Secret urges us to make a "Do As I Do' list in order to investigate if what we are modelling is indeed what we want our children to learn.
If these guest posts have inspired you to write something for this blog, please contact me (mamapoekie at yahoo dot com), I am aspiring to top this number of guest posts in 2011!