Originally Posted by Jennabugg0930
We are in the west end, short pump area as well =)
Excellent! Our home is in the Kimberwicke neighborhood, kindof on the edge of Wyndham. Much more suburban than I ever thought I would be, but hey, that's life. We're moving in on July 1, so some time after that we'll have to get together. Is there room for one more mama and toddler in your play group? I think I want to join one mainstreamy one and one more granola one - great way to meet more people, have more fun!
heatherevond, I would love to meet you! My sister is starting school at Mary Washington this fall, so I may be up in your neck of the woods every now and then. That's sad about your friend being pressured to stop BFing at 4 mos. Wow. We're still BFing at 18 mos, anything from once a week to twice a day, depending on what he asks for. I can't imagine what it would be like to stop at 4 mos. Tell her to hang in there! Would she like API or LL?
Jennifer, I know what you mean about being a middle-of-the-road mama. Philosophically, I tend to have more in common with crunchy mamas. The thing is that some people forget that AP isn't a list of THINGS you do, it's a way of approaching parenting. Some of the things I do are different from the things that they do, because of what ended up working for the collective health and happiness of my son, my husband, and myself! I don't think somebody is non-AP because they don't co-sleep. Goodness knows we had to stop because nobody was actually doing any sleeping, including my son. CDing - well, we do CD, but I don't think it should be "required" for AP! As for discipline issues, I think sometimes people get confused between responding appropriately to your child's needs (AP) and bending over backwards to give them the entire world on a silver platter.
I had never heard of John Rosemond, I googled him and read some of his website. I can't tell how much is serious and how much is tongue-in-cheek. I think I agree with some of his points, but I don't always like the way he phrased them. I think that his points could be included in attachment parenting, though. They're not necessarily mutually exclusive.