Hello to all!
I am new to this forum thing so please let me know if I commit an error.
I am a HUGE Mothering fan. I began reading the magazine when I was expecting my son 22 years ago. That same son is now expecting a baby (with his fiance's help..) so I will be a grandmother in August.
I need help and advice from grandparents and parents about how to behave. I consider myself pretty non-tradtional and the soon-to-be parents seem to be buying into ALL the mainstream baby stuff. Early vaccines, disposable diapers, tradtional hospital birth, supplemental formula, lots of "stuff". etc. I did not do any of these things with my son and his sister who was born a year after he was. He was born via an unnecessary C-section so when I was expecting his sister I researched all my options and had a marvelous VBAC at home with a certified nurse midwife.
Cody was nursed for a little over 3 years, his sister for 14 months. I tandum nursed, shared a bed, did attachment parenting, did not have schedules, fed them great homemade food, delayed and carefully monitored vaccines, etc. They were rarely sick and are still very healthy. I want to educate my son and his fiance on the options and responsibilites they have as parents but do not want to be pushy or interfering. I have given them books and copies of Mothering which look like they have been ignored. Yes, I do want to brain wash them-if the media and the medical community can why can't I? Tee hee.
Any comments or suggestions will be most appreciated.