So a discussion in another thread here about cloth diapering led me to want to ask you all what your experience has been with meeting other AP/NFL/alternative/'crunchy' mamas in Germany. I am in Cologne and the only thing I have found is Unerzogen. http://www.unerzogen.de/ They are all over Germany and have brunch meetings, as well as a magazine. I am going for the first time this Sunday. It is the closest thing I have found to organized parents who follow an 'alternative' parenting style. Attachment Parenting and EC (Windelfrei) are mentioned in their flyer. But that is the first I have heard of those things here in Cologne. They are also focused on Unschooling, which I am not necessarily into although I fully support and since homeschooling is illegal as of yet in Germany, there is a need for people to organize around that.
DH and I were considering opening an official chapter of Attachment Parenting International here, as there is none at all in Germany. But we are new parents and you have to be parents for at least 18 months before becoming an AP Leader. We were, however, encouraged to start an unofficial group. Anyway, it looks like Unerzogen may be it so there might not be a need for another one. There is also LLL here...been meaning to get to their meeting for awhile but haven't managed yet, so not sure how it is.
So, I'm rambling here but I want to know: Have any of you mamas been going to Unerzogen or LLL meetings? How are they? Are German alternative mamas organizing in any way where you live? Have you noticed other AP style parents around? Here in Köln I see people carrying babies every day, but it's still maybe only 2-3% of all the parents you see out there. I really hope to be able to connect with more AP style parents as time goes on, but don't know how organized people are with that here. I think it's a very American thing to be so organized with groups like that. I mean, as many parents as there are here practicing AP, very very few have ever heard of the concepts and the official title. I think only one of Dr. Sears' books has even been translated into German. I find that a bit odd considering how popular he is in America.