Friday, August 9, 2013

Summer 2013 Taboo Carnival

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

The August Taboo Carnival topic is:
MY PARENTS FAILED ME (A LITTLE OR A LOT)


Let’s face it, when you are a parent there is always something you do or say to your children that you wish you had not. Most parents would agree that they try their best but continually struggle with that “one” thing. Ok, maybe two things. Three?

The motivation to parent as mindfully as possible is most likely triggered by an innate fear of “failing” as a parent. Don’t tell us that it has never crossed your mind that your children will look back one day and find your shortcomings. No one wants to be remembered as someone who failed their children.

Today, we are dragging some childhood memories to the surface. Yep – tough stuff here. We want you to dig deep and share the ways in which YOUR parent(s) or caregiver(s) failed at parenting. These failings can be rather small or they can be monumental. You choose. But we all know that we are not perfect parents and there is no way that we were all parented perfectly, either.

This month’s carnival was created to liberate you and to allow you to openly discuss your true feelings about how your parents could have “improved” or enhanced their parenting. While this topic might seem rather broad, we would like to offer some suggestions for post topics:

  • In looking back at your childhood, in what ways did your parents’ parenting style differ from yours? Do you consider their parenting style a failure?
  • How did you overcome your less-than-stellar upbringing? How did it influence who you are as a parent today?
  • What small or large failings were recurring themes in your parents’ parenting style? Did they work to improve on these or was it simply how they parented?
  • Did your parents parent equally if you had siblings? Was their style consistent or did it vary depending on which child they were dealing with at the moment?
  • If you could tell your parents how you really feel about your upbringing, what would you say?
  • For major failings, how did that impact your relationship with your parents?

Remember, these are just our thoughts and idea 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 who authored the post.

Submissions Deadline: Thursday, August 22, 2013.

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

Carnival date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013. 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 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!

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

~Jorje and Jennifer

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