Almost none of my friends, and definitely none of my family, AP parent. I have a DD who is 3.5 and a son who is 6 mos. I'm feeling less and less tolerant of "advice" handed to me from non-AP parents about what to do with my children when I'm venting about normal parent frustrations. (i.e. "So how long do you let DS cry until you pick him up?"; "You haven't moved DS out of your room YET???"; "If he's old enough to ask for the boobs, he needs to stop breastfeeding", etc.) I'm not hard-core AP (i.e. my kids have plastic toys; my 3 yr old DD watches PBS and sometimes--gasp--Dora; etc. I say this jokingly btw, so hopefully no offense taken). My point being that I don't think I deviate super far from the norm. It's just getting more and more frustrating, and can feel super lonely. I've tried meeting up with AP groups in my area but DD has a really difficult time getting out the door (transitions are very difficult for her) and the locations are usually 30 min or so from my house. So while I've tried each and every week for the last 6 weeks to go...we end up missing it in a sea of crying and frustration as my DD begs me to stay home and play "Princess" with her. So, Princess it is...
How do you all deal with this? I try to surround myself with Facebook pages full of status updates around AP parenting styles; I try to get on the computer and get on websites like Mothering for support but the time to do that is few and far between.
I worry a bit, because while I believe with all my heart that this is the best way for me to raise my family, I can't help but start to question if my choices are the right ones. This usually happens only when I'm sleep deprived and desperate for solutions (where there may not even be ones), but I know that with my DD it caused a lot of anxiety when my beliefs were at odds with the messages mainstream society gives us about how to raise kids.
Anyone have any great solutions??? :-) Sorry, I guess I am having one of those sleep-deprived, anxiety ridden days and am looking for some support from you wise mama's.
Thanks in advance.