She sure did, both my brother and I were breastfed past 2 years, slept with mum and dad (either same bed or same room) for a few years, weren't left to CIO, weren't ever hit, etc. Mum's probably even crunchier than I am!
I get along great with my MIL, she is wonderful! We are fairly similar in terms of our senses of humour and are both fairly pragmatic people as well, so even though our interests aren't that similar we get along great.
Proving that so much of this is purely personality, however, my SIL (DH's brother's wife) loathes MIL. She (SIL) bans her (MIL) from seeing the grandkids (once for 6 weeks), she does everything she can to undermine BIL's relationship with his family,...
Originally Posted by Storm Bride
The baby in the OP was still circ'd, so being nasty to her sister didn't help, either. I'm totally anti-circ myself. I can't even imagine how I'd react if a family member did it. But, I still don't see what something like the reaction in the OP is supposed to accomplish.
As they say, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
That poor little boy
Originally Posted by neverdoingitagain
I think I found my new headstone epitaph. That or "I told you so."
I've always loved Spike Milligan's one: "I told you I was ill."
I'm glad to read an update! I think the friend's reaction was understandable (in my mind), but still rude, and I am glad to hear that she has apologised to him.
Originally Posted by lifeguard
My Mom told me that when you have a baby everybody & their sister will have an opinion or piece of advice for you. She said to nod & smile & then ignore them all & do what feels right.
My mother says a similar thing - "No one knows 'better' how to raise a child than grandparents and people who don't have kids!"
She also says, "A little empathy, calmness, and common sense go a long way." That was her...
That must have been scary, but I'm very glad that everyone is OK and that nothing happened!
As for BTDT stories, um, I did it. Took myself off out the front door when my grandpa and dad were watching me (and Dad has not heard the end of that one and it's been more than 20 years). I wanted to go to the shops, because Mum was at the shops, and no one would take me so I took myself!
I got halfway there before realising that I was lost and then I got upset and apparently...
Well, firstly Dec/Jan is summer school holidays here, so be prepared for crowds and book accomodation early! It'll probably be a little expensive too. I'm not sure on accomodation specifically, hopefully someone else will be able to help out with that. You could try looking for a holiday house - http://www.stayz.com.au/ normally has some good, family-friendly places.
Sydney has lots of kid-friendly things - there's the Zoo, Aquarium, a bunch of good museums (the...
Originally Posted by LaLaLaLa
I really loved my MIL. It helped that she thought the sun rose and set on me, and that all of the good things about DH were because of me. DH used to get irritated when she'd go on about how he was always so messy and disorganized and.... whatever.... until he met me, and I straightened him all out and turned him into a fine upstanding citizen. It's not at all true; DH changed all on his own, but it was nice to get...