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Since you paid to have this private forum, you might have already been here a while or a long while.<br><br>
Anyhow, I have been coming here since DD1 was about 9 mos old or so. How about you?<br><br>
I have hung out in certain areas only to "outgrow" them and find other areas.<br><br>
How about you?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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I follwed friends over from another site that had nothing to do with parenting.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I had read the magazine for a number of years, then quit ( glossy pages caused breathing issues for me.) When I got a little better, I picked up a copy of the magazine again and the website was listed. I came, I saw, I LOVED it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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I was on another parenting-related website, and was disappointed with all the debate and drama. I came to Mothering.com to look for an article from a past issue, and here was a forum I loved.<br><br>
I'm only sorry it took me two years to find!
 

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I was told about some of the super non mainstream stuff like ECing (no offense meant) Came over to get a giggle, stayed for the content. MDC was a huge help in my deciding not to circumcise my son and in questioning vaccines.<br><br>
I'm now comfortable with cosleeping and attachment parenting (didn't even know what it was before I showed up here) I'm still nursing my 3 year old.<br><br>
You wacky goofballs have mostly converted me (said lovingly of course)
 

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I was tired of people wanting to debate breastfeeding all the time.<br><br>
I had a newborn and didn't really care at all for drama. My sister was a LLL leader and she sent me here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
That newborn is now nine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I heard they were giving out free cookies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I came for Diapering - I was on Diaperpin and was linked here. Now, I rarely look in that forum, as my kids are getting older. I have definitely spent time in certain areas more than others at times, and then moved on.<br><br>
I must have lurked for at least a year before even registering - this place was intimidating!
 

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I actually found this place before I was a Mommy.<br><br>
I was a new Stepmommy and was googling advice on step-parenting and found a link to an archived thread from here. I found the main boards and settled into Blended Family and didn't venture out of there until my H and I decided to start TTC, then I split my time between TTC and Blended.<br><br>
I battled a screwed up fertility issue due to being on BC so long and started researching like crazy and found that all the natural remedies appealed to me so much more and found such a support system here.<br><br>
I did conceive thanks to the awesome find of Maca! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> And had a new home in my DDC. From there I was able to be introduced to natural birth and started researching that like crazy.<br><br>
I did check out some more mainstream DDC's, but never stayed as MDC always felt more like home and I felt much more connected here and was finding I was way more "hippie" than I had even realized. lol<br><br>
It's funny... because I remember thinking that homebirth was a little "out there" and would never be for me. That I could never wrap my head around tandem nursing...<br><br>
And here I am planning a homebirth, still nursing as I can through pregnancy, and have no qualms against tandem nursing if DD still wants to nurse when LO gets here. lol<br><br>
And I found endless support in PaP when my relationship started going south, and more in Survivors of Abuse... and I just don't know where I'd be today if I had never found MDC.<br><br>
So thank you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> This site likely has saved my life.
 

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A friend IRL talked about it off and on after having her 1st and she was a crunchier momma. I was just having my 1st, and found myself going to her for advice or recommendations for CD'ing, bfing etc..<br><br>
Once pregnant with #2 and moving away from my support system in WA, I hopped on here to find out more about VBACing and try to connect with like-minded mommas. I'm hooked now and slowly finding my place here and my opinions - its fun.
 

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Joined about 6 years ago when I became aware of the forum. I had been loving the magazine since I first found it when I was pg with my first child. At that time not only was the magazine hard to locate in my area, so were people who even tried to understand the way we were trying to parent.<br><br>
I have gone through times when I've had more and less time to be online, but I always love this place.
 

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I came looking for breastfeeding support when Cy was a couple months old. I tend to be more of a reader than a responder but come here pretty often.
 

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When I was pregnant, my close friend and mentor raved about MDC. I subscribed to the magazine and joined the on-line community, and was HOOKED! I feel so at home with such like-minded people.<br><br>
(And I'm brand-new to the Commune- looking forward to exploring this neat little place)
 

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I found a Mothering mag at the library when first TTC DD. I was excited to find a place that matched the parent I wanted to be. It helped me understand SIL who is AP with a very spirit child.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was tired of people wanting to debate breastfeeding all the time.<br><br>
I had a newborn and didn't really care at all for drama. My sister was a LLL leader and she sent me here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
That newborn is now nine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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and my 9 mo turns 8 this month...<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 had found another pregnancy board and people must have linked over here a few times. Eventually this was the only place I wanted to be! (It's funny thinking back to when a LOT of the content on MDC was really "out there" or intimidating in terms of we had a LONG way to go to get to a healthy/green place, but we have learned and changed so much... and we're still on our journey! Thank goodness for MDC for gradually worming into my head about things like circ and other stuff I wasn't really into at the time, too!)
 

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There was a spanking debate on a private message board I was a member of. I was the only one on the anti-spanking side. I was googling something related to that (stats or something), and found mdc.<br><br>
That was when ds1 was 5ish mos. He's 5yo now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I had already done lots of research Re: Natural Parenting and natural health care. Based on my own research, I was using progesterone cream during my pregnancy to prevent a third miscarriage. I was Googling for something and ran across a post with a subject similar to my situation. That's when I joined. Little did I know I'd be needing that support after my DS was born. The SN forum has been a real help to me. I also found a comfortable home where I could relate to all the non-mainstream parenting practices I have chosen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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i found MDC when pregnant with my now 3yo daughter. i was spending lots of time in the library in between appts. and yoga class. my library carried mothering. when i noticed there was a website i was all over it. this place has answered all my questions from cd and bfing to tf and natural birthing. this place rocks and i reccomend it to all my friends. i always give away my copy of the mag to my friends.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was tired of people wanting to debate breastfeeding all the time.<br><br>
I had a newborn and didn't really care at all for drama. My sister was a LLL leader and she sent me here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I felt the same way! All of the other magazines and sites were too much formula vs bf! I was sent here by my doula and lactation consultant! Love it, love it love it!
 

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I came here to feel normal. In my group of friends, at the time, I became a total outsider after we had kids. They were mainstream and I became more crunchy by the day. I felt like I was constantly being attacked for having half baked (wrong, damaging, dangerous) ideas. I came here so I didn't feel like the crazy one.
 
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