Tuesday, April 24, 2012

U Is For Unconventional


Unconventional is how I would describe some of my parenting choices, particularly in comparison to the rest of my family members. Here are just a few examples:
  • Each of my three children co-slept from the day they came home from the hospital (the middle one actually began co-sleeping IN the hospital), and continued to do so until they were between the ages of 2 and 3 years old, when THEY decided they were ready to move into a bed of their own.
  • Each of the three were also breastfed from day one, and continued until approximately 18 months of age, when they self-weaned.
  • I practiced "attachment parenting" for the most part, carrying or wearing them for a large part of each day for the first several months, so that they never had reason to cry, usually never did more than whimper. I most definitely NEVER believed in the "cry it out" method for them!
  • Spanking was never used in our home, nor was anyone else allowed to use it as a discipline method for them. We employed natural and/or logical consequences which related directly to the misbehavior, as well as using lots of positive reinforcement of the behaviors we wanted to encourage. 
  • We limited computer and video game usage to one hour per weekday, and two on weekends. 
  • Cell phones were something they had to be able to pay for on their own. When they could afford the monthly bills, then we bought the phone and paid for the first month.
  • Computers of their own were also something they had to pay for on their own....until then, they used the family computer, in a communal area where they could be monitored by an adult.
I am sure there are other examples, but this is just a short list off the top of my head.

1 comment:

  1. we have shared some of the same parenting ideals

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