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I just took a short flight with my son (1 yr old) and on the flight he had a little crying fit. It was naptime and he knew it so he didn't want to lie down and nurse. I soothed him and he quickly settled in. When the flight landed we all got up and the woman in front of me said, "What happened? Did he not get a good latch?" I told her about the nap thing and she told me she nursed all three of her kids for several years. We then got on the subject of sleep as all parents seem to do. I told her he does wake up at night but we co-sleep so it's no big deal. She got so excited, she co-slept with all three of her kids. I ended up walking all the way to baggage claim with her. Her 2 boys and 1 girl are all teenagers. They are 18, 16 and 13. She has an excellent relationship with them and said all three kids still pile into her bed sometimes to talk. All subjects are fair game, the bed is a safe place to them. She knows lots of details about her kids lives. It was fantastic to hear about the communicative relationship she has with her teens. She says when they come home from school she still gets the same answer of "fine" to how was your day, but at bedtime she often gets the full scoop. Her oldest just got in a little trouble. He was caught stealing beer on NYE. She knows he will be ok though because they have had several heart to heart talks.<br><br>
I am very open about my parenting style. I always hope that some day a Mom will hear it and follow her insticts because she knows she's not alone. Still, it's nice to hear back from someone with more experience and always a relief to not hear ,"You better get that baby out of your bed or you never will."
 

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Awesome story!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I agree. A great story. It's so nice to hear positive outcomes associated with our parenting choices <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> When people are negative, we can be all the more confident that we are doing it right.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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