I'm not sure this thread is in the right place, but I figured I'd give it a try over here.
A little background information: My husband and I don't have any kids yet (hopefully in a few years). I'm really interested in learning more about attachment parenting including babywearing and respecting children as their own individual selves.
A few months ago, I was in Target and saw a mother with her young son. Her tone with him was gentle and she didn't seem to get cross with him when he was ducking under clothes racks and such. I watched them for a few minutes and really admired her positive attitude. I gathered up the courage and finally spoke to her and said I really admired the way that she was interacting with her son and a few other things. She seemed pleased with the compliment and also mentioned that she's not always that way!
Also, recently, in one day, I saw two moms with their babes in ring slings. One of the mamas was breastfeeding in public. During both times, I approached the mother and said I really liked her ring sling and I thought it was awesome. I mentioned that I didn't have kids yet, but that babywearing is something that I'm interested in. In the case of the mother breastfeeding, I think I also mentioned that I saw her doing it and that I thought it was really neat that she was doing that.
I've seen a few other mamas breastfeeding in public and try to smile at them.
I hope I didn't embarrass any of the mothers that I spoke to or make them feel awkward! That's not my intention at all. But maybe it is since I mention that I don't have kids yet? Does that comment make me come off as weird?
What do you all think? Should I stop saying anything at all? How do you feel about getting positive comments in public?