It’s hard to believe my baby, Raised Good is one year old. When I launched this passion project I had no idea where this wild ride would lead. I was naïve about what an online presence truly meant, the responsibility it would bring and the impact it would have on my personal life.
I am overjoyed with how insanely positive my journey has been; from receiving heartfelt comments and honest emails, to building a strong community of like-minded people and diving deeper into topics I’m passionate about. This is by far the worst paid “job” I’ve ever had, but I’ve never worked with such dedication or single-minded determination; I truly believe it is making a positive difference in the lives of parents and children alike. It sparks joy in my life and has opened my world in ways I never expected.
So here’s a recap of the last year and an insight into where Raised Good is heading in 2017.
MOST POPULAR ARTICLES OF 2016
Over the past twelve months I’ve published a lot of content. Here’s a list of the articles that have resonated most within our community. If you haven’t seen them yet, check them out and I’d love it if you’d leave me a comment (a writer’s love language).
- Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues
- Simplicity Leads to Happiness in Children (And Here’s How to Do It)
- The World’s Happiest People Share Their Parenting Secrets
- Ten Tips for Flying With Your Baby (And Keeping Your Sanity)
- Cave Babies, Cry It Out and Ruffling Feathers
- Five Thoughtful Ways To Raise Respectful Children
- Why I’ll Never Teach My Son Manners
- Is Simplicity the Antidote to Modern Parenting?
- Let’s Nurture Babies Who Won’t Have To Recover From Sleep Training
- How Breastfeeding Enriches Toddlerhood…And Motherhood
CONNECT WITH RAISED GOOD
Before launching Raised Good I didn’t even have a social media account. A complete newbie, I was overwhelmed and nervous at the thought of deep diving into Facebook, Instagram and the like but I’m happy to say its been one of my favourite parts of growing our community. If you haven’t already, I’d love to connect with you on social media where I share not only my own writing but also inspiration from other writers and parents who encourage me to trust my natural parenting instincts on a daily basis.
SHARE YOUR STORY WITH THE OUR COMMUNITY ON INSTAGRAM
I recently opened up the Raised Good Instagram account to feature images and captions from other parents who are as crazy about getting down and dirty in the great outdoors with their kids as we are. But, it doesn’t stop there. Share a tender moment napping with your baby, wearing your toddler, nursing or simply immersed in each others company. Raised Good is all about normalizing natural parenting choices. How the reality of that looks for each family is unique. Let’s share what living authentically means for each of us as we grow and evolve with our tiny, larger than life zen-masters.
WRITE FOR RAISED GOOD
Guest posting for popular sites, especially the Huffington Post, has helped me reach a larger audience than I ever could have dreamed of as a new writer. And now, I’d love to offer the same opportunity to writers who are as passionate as I am about the message Raised Good spreads.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.
My hope, when launching Raised Good, was that this would become more than a one-mama-blog. My dream is that together, we can build a global platform, a community of connected parents and thought-leaders who offer support, guidance and inspiration. A tribe who reminds us that while our choices are deemed unconventional by an increasingly disconnected society, they are completely normal and natural. If you have a story to share or a topic you’re passionate about, check out my new Write for Us page and get in touch with me.
NEW BOOK: THE LOST ART OF NATURAL PARENTING
You may have noticed my weekly blog posting schedule dropped off a little in the fall last year. Well, I was still writing, but I was typing away on my first book. The design is almost finished and I’m bursting with excitement at the thought of sharing it with you soon. Carefully crafted from the feedback I received from enlightened parents within our community, this book promises to give you the courage to honour and follow your instincts and to understand why natural choices are fundamental to your child’s immediate and long term happiness.
When we parent with the grain of childhood rather than against it, parenting becomes so much easier and more deeply fulfilling. The Lost Art of Natural Parenting is the key you’ve been searching for; the permission to silence the noise of society. Be the parent you want to be, not the one you’re told to be. Blur the lines and fill your family’s life with light and colour rather than the black and white of modern parenting dogma. Stay tuned…I’ll be sharing a subscriber exclusive in the next little while.
VIRTUAL HUGS AND GRATITUDE FOR YOUR SUPPORT
I’m incredibly proud of the progress Raised Good has made over the last 365 days. I was floored to be named one of Huffington Post Canada’s Top 50 Contributors back in the spring. For me, this is not only validation of my writing, but a sign that natural parenting is becoming more mainstream.
I’m so grateful to the people behind the scenes. Hannah Loaring of Further Bound Design is my rock and my mentor who constantly pushes me to do better. And without my husband, none of this would be possible. He’s helped me make my dream a reality, with the blind faith he places in me, the sacrifices he makes and the time he carves out of our already-full-daily-lives so that I can write.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading and for being a part of this community. This is a two-way street, as without your support my words would go unread. Thank you for making the late nights, the afternoon naps spent typing blog posts on my phone and the time away from my family worth it. As long as somebody is reading and gaining inspiration I’ll keep writing.
Thank you for joining me and I can’t wait to see where this incredible adventure takes us next.