Originally Posted by cutic
I was wondering how life in Croatia compares to US. Especially AP aspects of childrearing. Anyone there cloth diapering, nonvaxing and homeschooling?
I'm so sorry I didn't see your reply sooner. I'll answer anyway.. maybe it helps a bit
I don't know how is life in US so I can't compare but I can say that life in Croatia is calm and easy going despite economical problems, recession and all other problems.
The majority of parents don't know about AP and there are a lot of them that use spanking despite the law against any corporal punishment. There is a group of AP practicing parents.. they usually hang out on www.roda.hr/forum
We use cloth diapers.. more and more parents do, and you can buy them in Croatia or via webshops.
There is a group of non-vaxing parents (I'm one of them). Vaxing is mandatory and you can't put your child in preschool if you don't vax without medical reasons... on the other hand, you can put your child in school without vaxing because elementary school is mandatory too and you have to put your child through school and they have to accept the child no matter if s/he's vaxed.
They (doctors and institutions) intimidate non-vaxers with punishments and paying something to the state but nothing happens if you don't vax - you just have to sign the paper where you state that you take responsibility for your non-vaxed child (they like to think they are responsible for our children’s health and wellbeing).
Homeschooling is not possible. You HAVE to put your child through elementary school or CPS can take your child away.
We have a small group of parents that are trying to do something about it but there is a long way ahead of us before we'll be able to choose between schools and HS.
We live in democratic system for nearly 20 years now but most of the people can’t get out of totalitarian state of mind and way of thinking and living, especially those working in big state institutions. But we are changing that.
I hope this covers a bit of your interests.
Keep in touch.