I'm married to an Aussie man and we live in the US. When our kids were young they were breastfed exclusivly for 6 months and never had formula..they weaned around 1 year old. We co-slept with them and now they sleep in the same room together. We try to eat organic, locally grown as best we can. How common is this in Aus? I think my in-laws think this is very strange..especially the co-sleeping and we also never did CIO. CIO is "normal" to them and they think this is just the way it should be. My nerves can't handle hearing children scream themselves to sleep..but the just go about their regular routine as if nothing is amis and I guess it's not. Is this just my family (in-laws) or is this more common in Aus? They spank the kids on a regular basis as the preferred form of punishment and we don't spank at all. Is this somewhat typical for mainstream parenting in Aus? ( I know CIO is pretty common in the US but I didn't know it was there too) They are wonderful people and I love his family and as we only see them sporadicaly we never talk about parenting cause that's just a big can of worms and we want to enjoy being with them whenever we get the chance.