Thursday, April 16, 2015

We don't have a parenting style, we just do what works for our kids

Side note: It always hits me a bit when I say or write "kids". I have kids. As in plural. As in multiple tiny humans rely on me... it's intense. Anyway, on to my topic today:


I feel like the internet is all abuzz lately about parenting "styles" and judging people for not following one particular philosophy or approach to parenting. Which of course makes me think of my parenting style. Which made me realize; we don't have one. We do things because they work for us and/or our kids without thinking about what these choices say about us.

We breastfeed: because there's no way in hell I'm going to pay for something that my body makes for free. Also, I'm lazy and the thought of washing that many bottles everyday makes me cringe (though I guess washing the pump and bottles when I go back to work kinda makes this one a baseless reason)

We co-sleep: because I am way too tired and lazy to get this baby into his own bed each time he gets up during the night. Eventually, just like his sister, he'll make his way to his own bed and own room... and then sometimes regress back. Our sleep philosophy? Get as much as possible, through any means possible.

We use disposable diapers: Because I have enough laundry to do.

We babywear: because how the hell else would we get anything done with an 8 week old that wants to nurse/be held all the time and a very active 2 1/2 year old?

We hold naptime sacred: If you see us between the hours of 1 and 3, you're either super important to us, or Fynn is in the care of someone else. Ever since we got into a half-way decent sleep schedule with her, nap time has trumped pretty much any other social engagement, activity, or desire. SorryI'mNotSorry. See our sleep philosophy above.

We allow screentime: Because sometimes Mommy and Daddy just need a break. Or it's -10 degrees out for the 10th day in a row. Or ______(fill in the blank). And I refuse to feel guilty despite what new study says it will scar my child for life.

We change our minds; and often. Because things change, moods change, or what we decided before doesn't work anymore. Flexibility people.





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