When Tim Ferris came out with his book Tribe of Mentors a few years ago, I immediately appropriated the title for my own purposes, because that’s exactly what we all need: a tribe of mentors. None of us is a lonely ship making a trip across the big ocean, even though it might seem like it sometimes. We desperately need a community of people, a web of support, and the combined wisdom of others.
But it’s no secret that we live in a predominantly lonely and independent society, so how do we go about creating support out of thin air? I do believe that part of our work as mothers is building the support that we need for ourselves and our families, but that obviously takes time and energy. So while we craft the community we need in real life, we can curate books that will teach us what we need to know, and we can assemble a Tribe of Mentors on the internet that can support us now.
I’ve been curating my Tribe for some time because I love knowing exactly who to go to for exactly what I need. It makes for a simpler life, like having one of those old-school Rolodexes that contained every phone number in town (tell me you remember those things, too). When something comes up, I look through my list and go straight to the one who can help, instead of searching the web for the content I need. I already know who to go to, and I know they’re a trustworthy source.
Enjoy :) :) :) :)
I only found Tracy a few months ago, but she is now my guru for research-based, natural parenting wisdom. Her articles are so well written, and she lists her sources at the bottom of each one. I’ve learned so much from reading her stuff, and you will too if you’re into co-sleeping and extended breastfeeding and baby-wearing.
I adore this bog. Meagan has created a swoony, visual feast of a website along with truly stellar content. She is an nurse-turned-herbalist, and this is the exact combo that makes her the person to turn to when your little one has an earache in the middle of the night, or feels feverish, or your dealing with a heartbreak that could only be soothed by a cup of grief tea. And that’s just a few of the many things she has remedies for on her site. You can also learn how to stock an herbal medicine cabinet, wildcraft your own herbs, brew fermented drinks, and learn about old folkways of medicine-making.
This is another one I’ve been following for years. I think the first time I stumbled on Katie’s site I was researching the problems from blue lighting, and since then have returned for natural product suggestions and reviews, non-toxic living, healthy recipes, research-based articles, in-depth posts on health and disease…..there’s so much there. At this point, I think Wellness Mama is something of an empire (she even has a podcast) and is a very trustworthy source for information.
Gosh, I love this website. After I had my miscarriage, I was worried that I might have a hard time carrying a pregnancy and went combing through the internet for anything I could find to help me. When I came across this gem, I was surprised at how….well…awesome it is. Hethir is the founder of the site, and she seems so incredibly genuine to me. I learned so much from her, and not too long after putting some of her suggestions into practice I became pregnant, and now I have R :)
I referenced this website so much in the first few months of breastfeeding, and I return to it still anytime I have questions. Kelly’s articles are straightforward, evidence-based, incredibly in-depth, and cover everything you could ever want to know about boobs and milk and babies, like what medicines are safe to take, what substances pass through breastmilk, how to tell if your baby is getting enough food, how fatty your breastmilk is….it’s just a goldmine of information.
The best baby food website on the planet. I’m planning on breastfeeding R until who knows when, but we supplement with real food purees. Michele’s recipes make me feel exited and sophisticated when I mix things up for R-because carrots and ginger?? Sweet potato thyme????? I would have never been that genius to think of using real herbs in baby food. But that’s what Michele is for.
As you probably know, I’m 100% in favor of anything that simplifies and streamlines my days, so when I first came across this website I practically swooned. A billion recipe ideas to prep ahead of time and store uncooked in ziplocks in the freezer, waiting for the inevitable evening when you can’t stand the thought of spending another minute in the kitchen.
This blog is amazing, with tons of great posts on activities and setting up play spaces and crafting a perfect environment. I follow Nicole almost religiously, because not only does she have great ideas and awesome advice, but her photos are beautiful and her website design is on-point.
I found Becky through Instagram, and her cleaning routine has been one of the most amazing things I’ve ever come across. I hate cleaning but ironically love a clean home. Her routine is how these two things can coexist in my mind because her method is simple, quick, and effective. She uses non-toxic products and has a cool shop with all kinds of cleaning products and tools, too.
Katy is my guru for so many things because her work has really impacted my life. I first learned about her years ago when I was looking up some info on the pelvic floor, but that’s just one tiny little piece of what she talks about. More than that, she’s a movement educator, a floor-sitter, and a community activist. Her work will solve nearly any body-related problem you might have. She will make you want to go on twenty mile hikes (or maybe not). She will change your mind about sitting in chairs. She will teach you how to hold your baby pain-free. She will show you how to climb a tree. She might spark your interest in minimalist footwear. Anyhow, just check her out. She’s amazing.
I’ve been doing Leslie’s videos for ever, and back when i did massage I recommended them to my clients left and right. Her stuff is pro, she does everything, and it’s all free (but you can def donate if you want). Once you watch her, you’ll see what I mean. You’ll never again feel like you have to get to a yoga class unless you really want to.
I’ve been following Elna for a long time, and was even in her Facebook group for a while before I deleted my account and I’ve been incredibly impressed by the amount of info she puts out for free and how detailed she is with it all. I have a lot to thank her for. I believe that it’s important to find a few people who know what they’re talking about and stick with them, and Elna is definitely one of those mentors for me. She’s the real deal.
And here’s a list of some of my favorite podcasts:
Is there anyone you think I should add to this list? Tell me in the comments below :)