I have tried like heck to ignore the whole TIME magazine cover story issue, but the dang thing keeps coming up. I still refused to get involved in it, but I do want to point you to this awesome interview with the Attachment Parenting (AP) moms from the TIME story on KellyMom. In this post, they go really in-depth about how they feel about the whole thing and the reality of AP for them and their families.
In case you are wondering, no, my husband and I do not necessarily identify ourselves with AP and all it entails. We do agree with the spirit of the Eight Principles, but not always the exact tenets. That’s why I like to identify us as “natural parenting”. Just like the FDA has no regulation on the term “natural” when it comes to food, there isn’t any specific outline for “natural parenting”. To us, it means that we are making decisions about parenting in the way that comes most naturally to us and how it works with the God-given nature of our children’s personalities. The approach is based on respect for our children, truth and love based on God’s love for us, and what is realistic in our current life stage and physical environment. Also, if I have said it once, I have said it 100 times: every child is different. Including my two children.
Now that we’re talking about kids, how is potty training going? Pretty well! So far, he has about 1 accident per day, but that is usually because I didn’t take him to the potty frequently enough or because he was scared of the potty that was available. He has an aversion to any potty except his green Ikea potty here at home. But! He was able to go to the potty at school this week (his last week of Mother’s Day Out!), and didn’t have a single accident while he was there! Yay!
I shared this yesterday on Twitter, but I highly recommend that everyone see this excellent video about antibiotics in meat production and why it should be avoided.
We will be traveling with both the kids in the near future, in the car, for more than 4 hours. I think I have a good handle on what I can bring to keep Little Sir occupied, but I’m really struggling with what I can do for Little Lady. She is 15 months and puts EVERYTHING in her mouth. I can’t let her color or use markers. She is not so great at watching TV, plus she is still facing backwards in her car seat so she can’t see the iPad that Little Sir would be watching (dang you, stupid AAP guidelines, you have totally hosed us with Kid #2). Any ideas from readers who have done this recently?
I am way overdue for a garden update. But I am really tired right now and it is already getting really hot here in Dallas. Here is a hastily taken picture:
Not pictured: a new soaker hose I have bought because the one that came with the raised beds is terribly ineffective.
If you are wondering about the chickens, they are doing well. They produce better eggs when I give them green scraps. I spend a lot of time chasing them and cleaning their poop. Chicken poop is a huge pain in the butt. Think about that before you go getting backyard chickens!
Well that’s all for this week, be sure to visit Conversion Diary for links to more 7 Quick Takes Fridays.