Today a fellow mom asked why I parent the way I do…Usually i wonder what “way” it is that people are asking about or perceiving but anyways…it got me thinking about it.
In a nutshell – I really think that parents and children should have fun everyday and love life! Even when it’s challenging or messy or not going according to plan…Our children are only little once – I like to believe I am taking each moment for what it is and truly loving my children unconditionally. Does this mean it’s a free for all – no way! I believe in limits, routines but also in lots of playfulness and mutual respect.
-I want my kids to be happy. I want to be happy.
Not super, the best or perfect.-
I am a breastfeeding (extended and tandem included), baby wearing, co-sleeping,VBAC and natural births mama. I practice gentle positive discipline, wellness, responsive parenting (a.k.a. attachment parenting/ natural parenting). I practice this because it works for our family – not because I think it is the one and only way…I call it practice because sometimes I fail. I believe mothers (families) need to be free to make choices that work for their lives/families and be supported in those choices. Sometimes I might disagree with those choices but that’s something for a different ramble.
I want my kids to be happy. I want to be happy. Not super, the best or perfect – actually I do not operate with perfect – I’m quite imperfect, silly and very happy to be so!