Let’s face it: fairs, festivals and expos are a dime a dozen these days. Enough businesses are eager to sell something, anything, that you could stock booths with flashy displays, put a cotton candy machine in the corner, inflate a bouncy house and call it an expo.
Not feeling like just any festival is exactly what makes the Knoxville Natural Parenting Expo so special. So much thoughtfulness and care goes into planning the event that parents and grandparents who visit feel they’ve been a part of something special. This expo kicks off early on a Saturday with parents and tots taking part in the international Great Cloth Diaper Change.
A strong emphasis is put on education, with speakers like experienced midwife, mother of seven and The Farm co-founder Pamela Hunt sharing what it means to normalize homebirth. Hunt shared some fascinating history, but mostly encouraged women to feel empowered to have birth happen in the best way for their family. “It’s our right to nurse our baby,” she said as she noted the simple act of breastfeeding can be a powerfully good way to give a baby the best start in life.
Expo organizer and main sponsor Heather Truax of Bohemian Baby shared that her event will always focus on local businesses, small businesses and nonprofits that encourage natural parenting.
I volunteered at the expo on behalf of national coalition Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.
Of course, this was also the place to find adorable handmade children’s clothing and more.
Here’s hoping for more family-nurturing involvement at the 2015 Knoxville Natural Parenting Expo.