I’ve been reading a lot recently about parenting, and what it might mean to be a ‘good’ parent.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about the kind of parent I’d like to be, as well as how that might also affect other significant people in Matthew’s life.
The approach that I seem to sympathise with most, as far as I can tell yet, is attachment parenting. Sometimes called ‘crunchy’ parenting. I love this phrase and there are a number of reasons why I may fall into this category.
– baby-led breastfeeding
– baby-led weaning
– baby wearing
– always responding to crying
However, there seem to be behaviours that also get included in the ‘crunchy’ label that make me think I don’t totally fit the mould. Like I eat meat. I’m not so fussed about buying organic. I probably won’t home-school Matthew (for which I’m sure he’ll be very grateful). I’m planning on going back to work full time in a few months. And so on…
So I hold what I’ve said loosely.
And maybe it’s better just to say that I always hope to do my best. And that will mean changing. And learning. And getting it wrong on more than one occasion (eek!). And being OK with that…
Because I love my boy. But there isn’t a cover-all text book for this…
(A blog I’m reading at the moment, and one of the things that got me thinking more about this, is www.ourmuddyboots.com. I’ve also been indulging in conversations from The Natural Parent Magazine. Have consciously avoided anything by Gina Ford… Perhaps I should be more open minded though…)