during our daily trips out and about i see so many different parenting styles and i often find myself thinking about how i have chosen to parent poppy.
when poppy was born i had an idea of what parenting entailed - through books, my own parents and friends and also my own experience in childcare. i have to say that the way i do things now is entirely different. now i am far from a lax mummy who lets their child run wild but i do wholly embrace the playful parenting style where you make everything as fun as possible and thus eliminate the majority of battles, tantrums and huffs. i often fall short, but i do try.
i used a sling alot and i breast fed for over a year, i baby led weaned and i use herbal and homoeopathic remedies where possible. i have always cooked her meals and rarely let her eat junk food, sweets, juice or crisps. i don't cajole or use force instead i give her options.
i like the idea of attachment parenting but i also believe that children should be allowed to develop their own sense of security early on and not rely solely on their mothers. on the opposite side i see parents shouting at their children on a daily basis, children lying in their prams with a bottle of milk propped against the buggy bar. i see children treated with such disrespect and impatience that it makes me feel sad. but who am i to judge. they may have had a bad day - i sure have plenty of those ...i just don't take them out on an innocent child.
i have a mixed view on things, i certainly don't do things by the book - i do what i think feels right at the time, it may not always be right but it is me being the very best mother that i can be. i cant do any more than that.
i have often been told that i am 'snobby' because i use cloth nappies and i don't use baby food jars, i get funny looks when they catch a glimpse of poppy's amber teething necklace. people will always form opinions no matter how much we try to conform - so i say, don't.