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Old 02-04-2010, 07:50 PM   #1
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What "natural" parenting choice freaked your family and friends out the most?

I thought this would be a fun discussion. Luckily, my family and friends are very supportive of our choices (or they keep their mouth closed) although I wouldn't consider my choices super crunchy.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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Re: What "natural" parenting choice freaked your family and friends out the most?

Selective, and then nonvax. Stepmom is a public health nurse so no way was she letting that slide Er... I may have told her a little white lie to shut her up.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:51 PM   #3
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My home waterbirth... but once I eased their concerns (some wondered if the baby would drown being born underwater)... they were cool with it.
Also... cloth diapers, wipes, mama pads, and family cloth... most of my family is pretty grossed out by it all lol.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:55 PM   #4
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Re: What "natural" parenting choice freaked your family and friends out the most?

they thought the baby would drown?! sorry but that is pretty funny. I am guessing you "educated" them quickly. I am sure almost all of my family and friends would freak out about family cloth for sure.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:56 PM   #5
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So far, family bed. My MIL was so worried during DS's first 9 months that he would get killed in our bed and told me almost every time she saw me that SIL's friend's (who cosleeps) doctor told her it was dangerous. My parents either didn't notice, or didn't care.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:57 PM   #6
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Everyone either said "eww" or "you won't do it very long" to CDing.

My grandma and her boyfriend insist on "joking" about how I "don't feed that baby right" because I make most of her food and don't feed her ice cream and candy canes.

I frequently get told that "well we just lay S down and let him cry"..sorry but not my kiddo.

And I get the eye roll about ERF because "S is FF in my car"...well frankly I don't exactly care what S is doing bc his mom needs to DO SOME FRIGGIN RESEARCH!!!

Only my mom and dad know that I don't vax...that is definitely not something I want to have to deal with so I just lie to my family about it if anyone asks.

Not sure all of those are "natural" parenting but I just get a lot of crap about the way I parent regardless of if it's natural or just not mainstream...felt good to get all that off my chest lol

ETA: I'm not sure I really answered your question lol I don't think my family exactly "freaked" about any of this...I just NEVER HEAR THE END OF IT lol
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Re: What "natural" parenting choice freaked your family and friends out the most?

I guess my food choices would be it. No HFCS, MSG, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils etc. My mom thought I was a little crazy with mama cloth, until her church started selling them for the "hard times". Then she understood when THEY explained it to her . They were all shockingly on board with the CLing, BFing, no vaxing, co sleeping, ERF, home birth/midwife, and all the other crazy stuff we do. They even understood why I kept my son intact (although I had to explain). So I think I lucked out on missing a lot of nagging
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:12 PM   #8
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Co-Sleeping....we were spoiling the baby....you will squish her!
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:32 PM   #9
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what ERF? My family questioned my all natural VBAC, extensive breastfeeding, bed sharing, and cloth diapering.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:42 PM   #10
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I love this thread.
I could care less what my IL's think, they are so out of the loop it is not even funny, they do not have any idea about what I do with my kids!

My family was in disbelievement (is that a word?) that I wanted to BF, but totally supportive about it, now I am extended bfing and my sisters are not so sure about it, but they are younger than me so they don't give me a hard time. They totally don't get the whole cd'ing thing! I think it grosses my mom out
Surprisingly, my mom completely agrees with me not vaccinating
We cosleep and I am always getting flack for that!
Recently I have taken my dd's to see a chiropractor and they really think that is out there!
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