Are you into “natural parenting”? Do you parent according to the principles of “attachment parenting”? Regardless of your label of choice, deciding to embark on a non-mainstream parenting lifestyle means making yourself vulnerable to all of its one hundred and one challenges.
When you choose to use cloth diapers, co-workers will call you “strange.”
When your two-and-a-half year old son is still nursing, your dentist will refer to it as “bad.”
Forbid your child to eat candy, and your neighbor may accuse you of “taking away her childhood.”
When your four-year-old is still sleeping with you and your spouse, friends will tell you that “it’s going to ruin your marriage.”
I have not been a “natural parent” for very long; just a little under three years as I write this. But in that short space of time, I have learned some important lessons that I would like to pass on to anyone who feels at all overwhelmed by trying to do the natural parenting thing “right.”
With that in mind, here are four natural parenting tips that will help you to maintain your sanity.