I think I understand, Jodi.
I sometimes have a hard time figuring out how to balance sharing my opinions on the discussion boards at my AP website. Because I'm the admin, I realize that my posts carry more weight with some people, who might interpret them as official "this is they way AP/natural families do things" pronouncements. I worry that I've chased off someone who's new to natural parenting by posting something that sounds hardcore to them.
Example: A question was recently asked on our cloth diapering forum about how often to change a baby's diaper. I personally believe it's gross to let a baby sit in a wet diaper for any period of time while waiting for it to get "good and wet" to get good "use" out of the diaper.
Before answering the poster, I had to carefully consider whether it was more important to me to express my opinion or to risk turning off parents who think it's ok to let their children pee several times in the same diaper.
What a balancing act!
(I chose to express my opinion ...
I have to hope that most users recognize my posts in a conversational-style forum represent my personal opinion. In the long run, there are lots of other natural parenting sites people can frequent for support if my opinions make them uncomfortable. I started the website to share ideas and philosophies I believe strongly in, and I prefer the site to reflect those ideals. I don't want to go down the road of the namby-pamby-please-them-all.)
So when all the
is said and done ... Sometimes it's good to have a place to let your hair down where people don't know your business side. You might find that helpful in the future!