Thursday, September 30, 2010

Why I Do What I Do

I know every mommy does things differently, and each one does what she does either because she feels it's best for her children (the vast majority, I believe) or because it's easy. Since Gehrig was born, I've made numerous decisions about the way I do things concerning him and our future children. Some of those decisions I've held fast to with Logan; other decisions I've changed either because I learned they just don't work in general or because Logan is a completely different baby than Gehrig was.
The blogs and forums I hang out on tend to be on the "crunchier" side of the spectrum of parenting--"crunchy" meaning different from the mainstream ideas of parenting--so quite often I'm made to feel like my parenting ideas aren't good enough or that I'm a cruel mother. I, obviously, feel that my parenting choices are the best, and I think some people might agree if they can hear (or rather read) the reasoning behind them. Thus this series begins.
I'm by no means telling you that you should share my philosophy. You do what's best for your children because I have definitely learned that every child is different. But researching different parenting ideas never hurt (or rather rarely hurts), and I hope this series will be a help rather than a stumbling block. Please feel free to comment and discuss why you agree/disagree with me, but remember, this is my blog so I'll always have the final word. :)



  1. Hmm.. this sounds familiar! :-) Don't ever feel guilty about doing what you think is best for your family. You will get comments- criticism, and compliments alike. I do ALL the time. But none of it really matters. What does matter is that you and your hubby do what you feel is best for you, and pray about those decisions. Looking forward to your posts!

  2. Haha...this series might be partially inspired by your post, but I have been thinking about it for awhile. In fact that's the reason I started this blog in the first place way back two years ago, but I didn't have time to do it. I feel like I'm constantly reading things promoting attachment parenting and other stuff I don't agree with that trash my style of parenting. I just think so-called "mainstream" parenting should be represented too. :)

  3. I agree. And you are right - it IS your blog and you can take advantage of your freedom of speech and say your take on things. Even if you get criticism, you still can say what you want! I think about this all the time too and that's when I use my blog as my "venting" space, so to speak!