Wordless Wednesday: Compassionate Advocacy

This week we asked: What does advocating with compassion look like?

This is in honor of yesterday’s Carnival of Natural Parenting — click over to see all the links at the bottom of the page and read many insightful perspectives on the theme of Compassionate Advocacy.

For Wordless Wednesday, we are sharing photos of how we advocate for natural parenting by simply practicing it — wherever we are, whatever people we’re with, and in a gentle and respectful way.

Babywearing while Pregnant
From Terri: “Babywearing while pregnant. A strong, healthy and active 2nd pregnancy with my (then) 11 month daughter providing a great balancing support!”

Terri blogs at Child of the Nature Isle.

breastfeeding while pregnant
From Terri: “This was the beginning of our tandem nursing journey ? I’m here breastfeeding my daughter while 8 months pregnant. My then ‘belly bump’ is now a chubby 18-month old boy and we are still tandem nursing.”

Read more about Terri’s tandem nursing journey.

twins playing in the dirt
From Kristin: “One way I model my parenting beliefs is by allowing my kids to get down, get dirty, and explore their environment, even when they are very young and in public places. I think its hard for some parents to take the leap of faith that everything will be okay (especially with multiples) if the kids are out of carseat, stroller or wagon, on the ground with the dirt, the leaves, sticks and the pinecones (among other things!) but I think it is critical, and try hard to let my worries go and let them have at it….”

tandem nursing twins
From Kristin: “Whenever the topic comes up or is relevant, I try to mention or bring into the conversation that I am ‘still’ nursing my toddler twins. So many people assume that breastfeeding ends at infancy, and that nursing multiples is either not possible or just too demanding. We do not nurse in public anymore — at least not in tandem — but I want people to hear that it happens, that it is going well, and that there are many great benefits for me, my girls, and our family.”

Kristin blogs at Intrepid Murmurings.

silent signs of love
“My father lives on the other side of the earth and his visits are short and far between. When it was time to say goodbye, my son pointed at his ‘Papou’, then he pointed at himself, and then drew a big heart in the air. My heart melted at this silent yet powerful sign of love.”

Read more at The Cardinal House and Mama in the Kitchen.

babywearing a baby at the grocery store
Momma Jorje peacefully advocates for Natural Parenting by wearing Sasha when they go shopping. She is always friendly when people ask about the sling and compliments other parents wearing their children.

Read more at Momma Jorje.

Infant Dedication
Charise believes she and her husband were compassionate advocates for natural parenting at their son’s Dedication ceremony where they stood before family and friends and shared their intentions and priorities for parenting Baby.

Charise blogs at I Thought I Knew Mama.

From Ana: “Practicing what we preach — the naked truth.”

Ana blogs at Pandamoly.

NIP at Midway
From Melissa: “We try to advocate for natural parenting by how we live, whether at home or in a public venue. We try to answer the questions others have about our parenting philosophy in a respectful manner. In the photo, Aelyn then age one, nurses in public at Midway State Park. We had the opportunity to discuss the normalizing of nursing in public with the folks we were with that day.”

Melissa blogs at Simple Whimsy.

From Luschka: “Advocacy for me starts with leading by example. I am possibly the only person my sister has ever seen breastfeed or use any other of the AP techniques, and I’ve done everything in my power to normalise it for her so that when her time comes to be a mother she too might follow the AP way.”

Luschka blogs at Diary of a First Child.

Tell us: What does compassionate advocacy look like in your family?

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15 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Compassionate Advocacy

  1. Marilyn @ A Lot of Loves  

    Great shots there. Some really very touching ones.

    Compassionate advocacy to me, means doing what I believe in, not judging others, but showing them by example and hoping they follow my lead.

  2. Melissa (MamaWhimsy)

    They are all so lovely, but Terri, oh my what gorgeous pictures! Thanks for including ours this week.

  3. Momma Jorje

    Beautiful photos! Kristin brings up an excellent point. I was far too protective with my older daughter and I’m trying harder to let my youngest get hands-on with nature.

  4. Farmer Dave

    I love all your pictures and being a father of 6 girls and 4 grand daughters I have had a lot of experience parenting girls, sad to say I don’t know much about boys. The thing that really stands out to me in parenting is working with my girls. We have a homestead farm and grow most of our food and homeschool our kids. By being with our kids every day we have been able to raise some great kids. My favorite homeschool lessons are embodied in this
    gardening course It is the best thing I have used to teach my children about growing their own food which is the most compassionate way to live.
    I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful babes
    farmer Dave

  5. Darcel @ The Mahogany Way  

    Terri’s pics are my favorite! How lovely. Love all the pictures though.

  6. Amy  

    These are all so beautiful! I love the photo of the hands…so expressive.

  7. Charise@I Thought I Knew Mama  

    Such beautiful families! I’m proud to be part of it!

  8. Kristi {at} Live and Love Out Loud  

    Such beautiful photos. The one of the little boys hand in his grandfather’s hand tore me to pieces. My parents were just here visiting from Hawaii and I miss them already. I hate that my kids can’t see their grandparents every single day. 🙁
    By the way, I just noticed that the tire swing in the header moves. Too cute!!!

  9. alicia  

    beautiful images. love the one of the mama 8 months pregnant nursing. happy WW.

  10. Terri  

    Oh I’m doing a happy dance that my photos were included 🙂 What a wonderful selection.

    Kristin you are very inspiring. I’ve been letting my kids play much more in the dirt lately and was so glad to see and read about you doing that too!

    Carissa – the photo of your son and grandfather are so very touching. We live near my grandparents, the children’s great-grandparents and the relationship between the oldest and youngest members of the family are so special. I live away from my Mother though at it’s hard for me not to have regular times and photos of her with the kids. Oh and I’m so glad I found your ‘Mama in the Kitchen blog – yummy!

    Momma Jorje I love that wrap with the tiny handprints – I’m sure you get a lot of compliments when out and about with such a cute bundle wrapped up with you.

    Charise I read the info on your blog about how it got it’s name – is that the piece you read in the dedication ceremony? I wish I had done something like that with my kids – is it too late? They certainly won’t lay quiet now!

    Ana – baby nakedness is the best!

    Melissa – Great brazen breastfeeding in the sunshine!

    Luschka – A beautiful family portrait. Your sister has a great role-model.

  11. Hannah  

    I just LOVE these pics! I’m a BFing mom of 7 currently nursing my almost 7 month old daughter 🙂

    I just added a BFing/Home Birth directory on my blog for other moms to meet/greet follow and share with each other. Would love to see you there 🙂

  12. tracy

    beautiful stories and lovely photos. very educational. although i know that many hill tribe women (here in thailand, where i am living as an expat from the states) tandem nurse and nurse until their children are a lot older than the “norm” in the West. i’m so happy to hear that other mothers do so as well. it’s such a beautiful, amazing experience for both mother and child. i was breastfed and am so thankful for my mom for that.