Parenting

We are huge proponents of natural family living.  What does this mean?  For us, it means that we chose informed prenatal care from midwives, and opted for as few interventions and tests as possible during pregnancy and labour & delivery.  Breast feeding started from birth and was carried out on demand.  We all share a family bed.  We use cloth diapers and trainers and try our best to keep plastic toys out of our house.  We practice elimination communication (check out the page titled EC in the menu on this site) – from the age of 3 months our son Bob had stopped pooping in his diapers; by 11 months he was in trainers and signing “potty” (we taught him some ASL) when he needed to go.  Our daughter Maggie is 5 months old, and stopped pooping in her diapers two months ago; some days we catch almost all of her pees.  We think that car seats are for cars and chose to wear our kids in slings and wraps instead of leaving them sit idle, allowing them to experience our world and routine from birth.  We are free ranging our kids on our farm.  We healthy, local and mostly organic food and he spend as much time outside exploring as we can.  We don’t have cable or use Baby Einstein.  We validate our sons feelings (instead of “you ARE okay” we say “ARE you okay”) and practice gentle parenting.  We don’t vaccinate and we don’t appreciate the government trying to tell us what is in our child’s “best interests” or our best interests in any aspect of our lives.  We’re capable of making our own decisions.

We do not coddle, give in or do things just because they are “green” or otherwise in vogue.  We make active, informed decisions.

I’ll fill this section out more eventually, so do check back if you want to read more, or email me if you have any specific questions… other than “why”.  The answer to “why” for ALL of the above is because it made the most sense to us and was the best decision for our family.

ESSENTIAL PREGNANCY AND PARENTING READING:

  • Henci Goer’s Thinking Woman’s Guide to Better Birth
  • Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth
  • Sears’ Guide to Pregnancy
  • Sears’ Baby Book
  • Sears’ Breastfeeding Book
  • Aviva Jill Romm’s Vaccination, A Thoughtful Parents Guide
  • Faber & Mawlish’s How to Talk So Kids Will Listen
  • Faber & Mawlish’s Siblings Without Rivalry
  • Monica Beyer’s Signing Baby
  • Laurie Bouke’s Infant Potty Training

Absolute MUST SEE BIRTH MOVIES:

  • The Business of Being Born
  • Birth As We Know it

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