Featured Blogger: Christine Powell

Written by NPN_Admin on October 21st, 2012

Featured Blogger

Christine Powell, who blogs at African Babies Don’t Cry, is a part of Natural Parents Network’s Social Media team as well as our Review and Giveaways team. She lives in South Africa with her son, Jesse, on the same property as her parents. She feels that living near her parents has eased her transition to single parenthood, with minimal fuss. She works from home, so that she and Jesse can spend their days together, and looks forward to homeschooling her children.

Christine has a passion for healthy, natural living, and her favorite posts reflect that. She plans to start studying as a holistic nutritional coach in the coming year. She is proud to be bringing Jesse up in the healthiest way she can, with extended breastfeeding, a nourishing diet of whole foods, and plenty of time in the outdoors. Her favorite blog posts are about natural nutrition.She says, “I enjoy doing the research and bettering my own and my son’s diet as I go along.” Christine is happy that her work has helped others reconsider the way they approach eating.

Christine has been surprised at how confident motherhood has made her. She is especially glad that she decided not to follow the well-meaning advice her family gave her: to let her son sleep in a cot, to not hold him all the time, to start solids early. “Jesse simply slept better when he was in the bed with me. He didn’t gripe if he was in my arms and I couldn’t bring myself to leave him to cry.” She followed her instincts, and he has developed into a healthy and happy toddler. She has also been overwhelmed, in a positive way, by the all-consuming nature of motherhood. Her passions in life have changed a great deal since Jesse came into it: “I now see life through my son’s eyes, and try to make the world a better place for him,” she says. As someone who has had the honor of getting to know Christine through the Natural Parents Network, I can say that I see her actively making the world a better place every day. Thank you, Christine!


This post was co-authored by Shannon, who blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes and contributes recipes to Food & Laughter, and Melissa Kemendo, Author of Vibrant Wanderings

Melissa has perfected the art of working from home without being gainfully employed. She is mom to two vibrant, curious children, with whom she and her husband live and adventure in the Washington, DC area. When she’s not baking, pushing swings, and attempting yet again to summit laundry mountain, she’s working on the Montessori community program for which she acts as teacher, to her own daughter and a handful of other children. She can also often be found writing about something Montessori-related, or just motherhood in general, on her blog, Vibrant Wanderings.

3 Responses to Featured Blogger: Christine Powell

  1. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen  

    Following my instincts as a mother has not only helped my daughter, but I never feel conflicted in what I’m doing and what others think I should be doing. I know what’s best for my daughter. It’s the best advice to get as a parent!

    Thanks for featuring Christine!

  2. Christine @ African Babies Don't Cry  

    Thanks so much for this lovely feature, Melissa (and Shannon)! 🙂

  3. Lauren  

    Aw, so great to hear more about you, Christine! I love your passion and dedication to sharing your knowledge about good nutrition and other aspects of parenting.