[QUOTE=Hazelnut;7481323] Not trying to be nitpicky, but I see that a lot here, like it's bad to be conventional in some harmless ways. QUOTE]
Interesting thread and I like this poster's point. On the surface, I would think MDC and those folks drawn to it, would be the least judgemental type of mama. Interestingly, I often notice the opposite. I wonder...if people made assumptions about me based on how I look, where I live and the cars I drive, they would be very, very wrong.
A few years back, we had new neighbors move in next door. They saw a young couple, neighborhood, etc... We do have corporate-type jobs so we HAVE to dress a certain way during the week. (I quit mine to go part-time and SAH) They told us, they thought "ugh...there's some right-wing, conservative, yuppie heads." BTW, they are a married gay couple who are, by far, the best neighbors we've ever had. Later, they learned how wrong their first impressions (before meeting and talking) were.
Mostly, I feel on an island. The moms I'm around are mainstream extreme. A co-worker was telling another how good liquid soap was for washing out mouths. (It took every bit of my inner-strength and maturity not to comment) But, I don't like to be judged for my parenting choices...so who am I to tell them anything?
PS...I've seen a few MDC members on the "mainstream" boards, preaching their views and beliefs ad nauseum. I'm not sure why some feel the need to be the chosen converter of all "mainstream" parenting ideals. If you want to CIO, spank and give formula...be my guest. Just don't bring it to MDC. And, the opposite is true. The babycenter folks probably aren't interested in GD, cloth diapers and non-vaxing. That's why we live in America, we can choose.