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Welcome! I am thrilled that you’re here and I hope the content I provide will be so interesting that you will become a regular visitor!
About me: It’s getting more and more difficult to define what I am. A few years ago (ok – 10!) when I was studying at the Warsaw School of Economics I would just say that I’m a business student, then when I went to Italy to do a CEMS Master’s degree in Bocconi I would just say I’m an exchange student. Then I was a Marketing Assistant in Shell, then I was a Fast Track Management Program Trainee in Whirlpool, then I became a Business Planning Manager and Six Sigma Black Belt, then I wrote my first book “Read Me – I Am Magical” and decided I was a writer. Then I quit my job and went on a lonely trip around the world and decided I was a traveller at heart with my travel blog and all. In the meantime I met my now husband, spent the summer at his mama’s place in Italy and we wrote a cookbook together (“Illustrated Italian Cookbook – Get Out Of My Kitchen!”) . At the same time I decided I would write children’s books based on my travels to be able to convey my life philosophy to the little ones (check out my Maya & Filippo Travel Book Series Website.)
Next I got married and officially became a wife and now I am a mama to a beautiful girl. My pregnancy inspired me to create “Bumptabulous” – a book in which 20 laugh-out-loud-funny moms describe their pregnancies, revealing the secretly-guarded details of their conceptions, the great and gross about pregnancy, the truth about childbirth and how their life changed once their little womb-hijacker finally came out. So how can I define what I am in one word? I think momtrepreneur would be it!
About babyweb: parenting, food and travel! And some musings on what is reality ;). You’ll find a week-by-week guide to pregnancy including pictures of my growing belly. You’ll find typical parenting dilemmas of whether to co-sleep or not, strollers, vaccines, breastfeeding, hemorrhoids, baby sleep, pacifiers and so on. You will find some really amazing recipes and last but not least some unsolicited advice on how to create your own reality 🙂 Enjoy!
And for family members and close friends only – if you know the password you will get to see the milestones of baby Mia. Note to the reader – sorry for the frustration but you must understand a parent’s will to protect a child’s privacy.
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I must admit that I was extremely excited when I found my blog was listed in the technorati TOP 100 FAMILY BLOGS category. I’ve always been motivated by positive feedback and this certainly is a great encouragement for me to keep on building my blog. I also get very ecstatic when I see my network growing, so:
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Baby Web is looking for writers who have stories to share related to natural parenting. Contact Alinka to discuss possible post ideas or to submit a post for consideration.
What Is/Is Not Accepted: Content
- Posts should be previously unpublished and on topic (see below for examples of acceptable topics). Issues related to parenting are often rife with strong emotions, and I encourage your authentic and passionate words. At the same time, I hope that Baby Web will be a place where people who are investigating natural parenting principles can learn something new and perhaps even adopt some of the practices. With this in mind, your post should be written in a positive light. I will not host posts that criticize other parenting practices or cast judgment on those that parent differently. I believe that we can respect each other (even where we don’t agree with another’s choices), and that we can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
- While contributors to Baby Web maintain the copyright to all their work, I ask that you not post your submission anywhere else (including your own blog) whether paid or unpaid, for 90 days after publication on Baby Web. This exclusivity adds value for my readers without our asking you to give me copyright on your work.
Formatting and Editing Requirements
- Posts are typically in the 300-600 word range, but that is a general guideline. Take as many (or as few) words as you need to tell your story, but consider breaking a really long post into multiple posts or even a “part 1” and “part 2” to keep readers coming back for more.
- Use shorter paragraphs (3-6 sentences each); your post will be easier to read.
- Organize your thoughts; use headings or lists when possible; be clear, concise, and straightforward.
- Proofread. Proofread twice. Now proofread one more time. Your post will be edited, but I reserve the right to send it back to you for further proofreading if it has a large number of spelling/grammatical errors.
- All posts must be accompanied by a mini-bio (about 2 sentences, you can link to your personal site) and a picture, you must either own or have permission to use the picture. If it is a stock/free image, please provide a name/link to the owner. Feel free to write anonymously, but I still require something for a bio and picture.
- I reserve the right to edit (and veto) all submissions (but I will never make a substantive change without discussing it with you first).
- Writers are expected to visit/subscribe to the post to check on any comments, timely respond to comments, etc. If the writer has any questions or problems with a comment, please let me know as soon as possible.
(The following lists are not exclusive, if you have an idea that is not listed, let us know):
- Prepare for pregnancy, birth, and parenting
- Pregnancy and birth stories
- Practice exclusive and full-term breastfeeding if possible, and feed with love and respect regardless of whether it is at the breast or with a bottle
- Respond with sensitivity
- Use nurturing touch (including babywearing and skin-to-skin contact)
- Ensure safe sleep, physically and emotionally (including bed sharing and co-sleeping, responsive nighttime parenting, and no “crying it out”)
- Provide consistent and loving care
- Practice gentle/positive discipline (with no physical punishment)
- Strive for balance in personal and family life.
- Cloth diapers
- No routine infant circumcision
- No/delayed/selective vaccinations
- Health & healing, including alternative medicine
- Nutrition, including healthy eating and recipes
- Natural learning at home and away from home
- Parenting Philosophies
- Basics: Once your comment is posted, it becomes the property of Baby Web. I can edit, format, reuse or delete the comment as I wish, or display it for as long as I wish. I will not necessarily offer reasons or any warning why I have altered or deleted a comment.
- Your comment will be held for moderation. I will manually approve your comment as soon as I can and I apologize for the delay.
- Email Addresses: Correct email addresses are required. Email addresses will never be published. Email addresses will not be shown in comments. Please leave your correct email address so I have the ability to reply to your comment via email.
- What is not acceptable: I encourage thoughtful, mature debate on everything I post. That does not include profanity, poor spelling and grammar, personal attacks, off-topic comments, hostility disguised by sarcasm, and spam.
This policy has been inspired by the Natural Parents Networks Contributor Guidelines