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August 3rd, 2005, 01:53 PM
Radish4ever's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I'm just curious if your extended family (aunts, uncles, parents, cousins, etc) are into APing.

My family thinks I'm nuts, for the most part, for breastfeeding and cosleeping. They also think I'm ridiculous for picking up Grace when she cries instead of making her CIO. *sigh* Ah well!!

What about your fam?
Mom to Grace, Michael, Heath, and Charlie
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August 3rd, 2005, 02:06 PM
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I have never heard the term attachment parenting until this forum. I didn't really know that's what I did with my son!

I didn't co-sleep with him, because I'm a violent, restless sleeper and I was afraid I would hurt him. But I nursed as long as I could, if he cried, he was picked up immediately, he didn't cry himself to sleep, he didn't get ignored if he was voicing distress, for any reason at all. I carried him in a snuggly until he was too big to fit in one anymore, and to this day (he's 10) his favorite way to go anywhere is on my back! That doesn't work too well anymore, since I'm 5 feet tall and he's about 4 and a half now!

My mom had some very serious reservations about my parenting techniques. She was...well, not to put too fine a point on it, horrified when I told her I was going to nurse, and she gave me unending hell for picking him up as soon as he whimpered. However, when he was born and I was nursing him, she actually said to me that she regretted not doing it with me and my sister after watching me do it with DS. She never got over the "too much attention, you're spoiling" him thing, but I told her that the day someone proved I was spoiling my child by loving him too much, I'd stop.

Go for it ladies...you are this childs parent, and only you know what's right for him or her. No one else has to raise your child or live in your heart, so you follow what's right to you.

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August 3rd, 2005, 04:08 PM
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Pretty much everyone in my family thinks dh and I are nuts, except for my MIL. It's funny, because they are always amazed at how bright, funny, and behaved when we're out. Good thing I didn't listen to them in the begining.
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August 6th, 2005, 12:17 PM
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Nope, I'm considered the 'hippy' in the family. Oh, well, fine by me!
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August 7th, 2005, 04:07 PM
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2 of my older sisters practice AP. Most of my extended family supports AP.
Sandra. Wife to Timothy and Homeschool mom to Michael and Matthew

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August 7th, 2005, 04:11 PM
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Oh I have gotten all kinds of advice from my family about crying out and breast feeding, mainly being if you pick them up you will spoil them and you should stop breastfeeding any time I have even the slightest problem with it. They weren't very supportive when we were having problems. My mom actually is the most supportive though and has the least negative things to say, my sisters though, whew! They think I'm nuts too. But I don't get faced with it too much, we live a thousand miles away. So they really don't know what I do unless I tell them and I am very happy with it that way
Linda, mommy to Nikolas & Andrew, 5 year old twin boys and Ember Rose, almost 3.
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