Two-fer Tuesday: Cosleeping and Homemade Music

For this week’s Two-fer, I’ve got a couple of posts you might want to not only read, but to bookmark for future reference and to pass on to your friends.

The first one is about cosleeping (and why babies should not sleep alone), and the second is a great one for homeschoolers and DIY folks who want to make their own music.

From Cosleeping and Biological Imperatives: Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not SleepĀ Alone:

“Where a baby sleeps is not as simple as current medical discourse and recommendations against cosleeping in some western societies want it to be. And there is good reason why. I write here to explain why the pediatric recommendations on forms of cosleeping such as bedsharing will and should remain mixed. I will also address why the majority of new parents practice intermittent bedsharing despite governmental and medical warnings against it.”

Agree? Disagree? Leave the author a comment!

And from my friends at Planet Green, Handmade Music: Make Your Own Instruments From Scratch:

“Creating your own music is like growing your own food. Those who play music, play for sustenance. Musicians are driven by an inner desire to create. Often, it is this innate craftiness that leads music makers to improve upon their instruments and evolve their craft.”

There’s 5 DIY musical instruments from upcycled and recycled materials in that post, and they look like great homeschool projects – or maybe just for dad and mom to jam out with!

Image: Randy Son of Robert at Flickr

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

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