ITA with PP's.
You know, sometimes when I feel the temptation to just go with the flow, and the "norms", it always feels like I'm being ashamed of my choices, that I have something to hide.
But I don't dammit! I'm PROUD of what I've chosen for me and my family, and I refuse to slink around like there's anything wrong or shameful. So I've decided to be proud and wear it all on my sleeve.
My mom is old school too, and I had to talk myself blue in the face about our choice to stop all vaxing, but she's slowly coming around. She's very Christian though, so I ended up using the good old "trust what God gave us" argument.
I still get these annoying emails from her from her well-meaning friends though, *sigh*
Though I know it's easy for me to say living where I do. Thank GOD for the Canadian constitution that won't let the govm't force us to vax. I don't know that I'd be so vocal if I were facing the threat of CPS being called on me by the ignoramus's out there.
I agree that if we let the "norm" shame us into hiding, our granola lifestyle will never be accepted. The more we advocate, the more it'll get out there. Not too many years ago, I too was very very mainstream in my parenting ideas, mostly b/c that's the culture I was raised in. I even would argue *for* spanking! *GASP*
Gosh, I was so young and stupid then. I wasn't a parent yet though, so it was easy for me to "justify" things like spanking, vaxing, CIO, etc.
Just think, in the future, perhaps you may have planted that seed in the girl's mind, and she'll come around. At the very least, you gave her something to think about!
Good on ya for deciding to advocate!!