Monday, August 13, 2012

First Taboo Carnival!

Jorje from Momma Jorje and Jennifer from Hybrid Rasta Mama are pleased to announce The Taboo Carnival. This Carnival will be held four times yearly (February, May, August, and November). The topics will be wide and varied but focused on subjects that are typically not discussed in the natural parenting/mindful living world of bloggers.

The Taboo Carnival

The August 2012 Taboo Carnival topic is: PLAYING FAVORITES!

Favoritism. It is defined as a display of partiality toward a person or group OR the state of being held in special favor.

The idea of having a “favorite something” is quite prevalent these days. Great weight is places upon having a favorite color, a favorite food, a favorite vacation destination, a favorite season, and the list goes on. Chances are you get asked what your favorite something is on a weekly if not daily basis.

One taboo topic when it comes to playing favorites is familial relationships. How many times has someone asked you outright if you have a favorite child? If someone did ask you this, it would probably be seen as rather rude and invasive, possibly even completely out of line.

In our society, it is simply expected that we love all of our children equally. The fact of the matter is, human beings cannot help but develop stronger feelings and attachments to certain people, places, and things. While we would like to think we control our emotions and preferences, sometimes it is just not possible. Playing favorites with the humans in our lives isn’t something to hide from necessarily. But we unfortunately do.

This month's carnival was created to liberate you and to allow you to openly discuss the role that favoritism has played in your family. While this topic might seem rather broad, we would like to offer some suggestions for post topics:

  • If you are the parent to multiple children, which child do you favor and why?
  • If you have siblings, were you the favored child or was a brother or sister favored? How has that impacted your relationship with your parents and/or your siblings?
  • Do you have a favorite parent? How open have you been about this?
  • Do your children have a favorite parent? How does that make you and/or your partner feel? Do you parent differently because of it?
  • Why do you feel we play favorites with our children, our parents, and our siblings? Is it based on personality traits? Do we as humans connect with those most like us or those least like us? Is it simply about who it is easiest to parent or get along with?

Remember, these are just our thoughts and idea to get your creative juices flowing. You are welcome to write about anything related to favoritism and your family relationships.

We understand that some of these topics might be sensitive or too personal to share on your own blog. Therefore, we will have a “post swap” option where another blogger will host your post anonymously and you in turn will host another blogger’s post. We will handle all of the details of the post trade once we receive your submission. The host blogger will never know who the post was written by.

Submissions Deadline: Friday, August 24, 2012

Fill out the webform (at the bottom of this post) and email your submission to jorje {at} mommajorje{dot}com AND hybridrastamama{at}hotmail{dot}com by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

Carnival date: Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Before you post, we will send you an email with a little blurb in html to paste into your submission that will introduce the carnival. You will publish your post on August 28th before 8am PST and email us the link if you haven’t done so already. Once everyone’s posts are published, we will send out a finalized list of all the participants’ links to generate lots of link love for your site. We’ll include full instructions in the email we send before the posting date.

A few housekeeping items:

  • Please write a new, previously unpublished post for the carnival.
  • We will email you with specific instructions on posting before carnival day.
  • Please do not post your article until the carnival date.
  • We reserve the right to accept submissions based on relevance to the topic and quality of writing.
  • Please refrain from using profanity, poor spelling and grammar, and vicious personal attacks.
  • We will NOT be editing your post so please proofread and run a spelling and grammar check.

Copy the new Taboo Carnival badge and add it to your sidebar:

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us via email!

We are so looking forward to reading all the contributions for the Carnival!

~Jorje and Jennifer

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