Friday, November 9, 2012

Taboo Carnival Call for Submissions

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

The November Taboo Carnival topic is:
I LOVE YOU, BUT I DON’T ALWAYS LIKE YOU!


Love. It is defined as “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person or a feeling of warm personal attachment.”

Like. It is defined as “to find pleasant, to enjoy, to want to have.”

A mother loves her child(ren). Whether it is love in utero, love at first touch, or a love that grows after a mother muddles through those first days of life with a newborn, there is never a question that a mother has unconditional and abiding love for her child.

Love does not mean you always like your child or his or her actions.

This month’s Carnival was created to liberate you and to allow you to openly discuss the concept of love versus like. While this topic might seem rather broad, we would like to offer some suggestions for post topics:

  • Discuss the general idea of love versus like as it relates to parents and their children.
  • Get personal and share your innermost thoughts on loving and liking your own children.
  • What sorts of actions or personal characteristics do you find yourself disliking in your children?
  • How do you love your children while dealing with not liking them?
  • Do the things you dislike in your own children stem from issues you have failed to deal with from your own childhood or within your own self?
  • Do you ever feel guilty for disliking your child or her actions? How do you address that guilt?
  • Do you make it known that you dislike your child? How do your children react to this?
  • Is it ok for children to know that their mother or father does not like them or their actions? How do you express this dislike?
  • Did your parents ever make it known that they did not like you or your actions? Did you feel loved or alienated through this?

Remember, these are just our thoughts and ideas to get your creative juices flowing. You are welcome to write about anything related to not always liking your child.

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 by whom the post was written.

Submissions Deadline: Tuesday, November, 20, 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, November 27, 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 November 27th 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!

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

~ Jorje and Jennifer



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