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07:14 am: Happy Birthday, Grandpa!
Teddy and I were in town for the celebration yesterday, but headed back mid-afternoon. Good times.

Though I'm not sure why, we talked more about parenting than we have recently. (Teddy didn't join the conversation, being fairly well occupied with toys, an old National Geographic, and videos on the iPod. Go, SuperWhy!)

I mentioned an exchange with a friend on Facebook, which also has me thinking more. She had a lot of trouble breastfeeding, and a "friend" (since un-friended) sent her a link to an article saying that anyone who feeds their child formula is a bad parent and that all parents should co-sleep.

WTF?

I mean, I breastfed (lord knows) and I co-sleep, but other parents? None of my business. We all do the very best that we can for our families. Unless there's abuse involved, why do people feel the need to poke their noses in? I know that lots more important sources than I have pondered this very question, but sometimes it just gets to me.

I suspect a lot of it has to do with everyone feeling insecure, and so needing to feel as though their choices were and are the best ones, and therefore of course the ones everyone else should make. And we all feel protective of children, so we want the best for them.

But still. Making other people feel bad about the choices - usually informed, thoughtful choices - they make doesn't seem like a good solution to me.

:sigh:

{end digression}

Happy Birthday, Grandpa! We love you! We're looking forward to taking you to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and hearing about whatever show you attend.

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