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What makes you a non mainstream parent?


Asked by rileymommy at 10:11 AM on Aug. 14, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • I'm not completely mainstream but I'm not as dedicated to being a non-mainstreamer, either. Our son will be homeschooled this year only because he's too young for kindergarten and he's advanced, if not gifted. We try to live green and thrifty so we cloth diapered for a while. We try not to watch much TV, we encourage imagination and reading instead. He's been vaccinated so I guess that's one way that we are mainstream. I think you do what's best for your child even if that means not being able to put a label on your parenting style.

    Answer by EwansMommy at 10:20 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Let's see.... cloth diapering, co-sleeping, baby wearing, non-vaccinating, future homebirther (haven't had a homebirth yet).... I guess homeschooling might count as well....

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 10:13 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Let's see, we don't eat fast food, we don't eat prepackaged foods, we have dinner as a family, we have one tv, that is never on for more than two hours a day, we don't eat meat, my teen has never had a glass of milk (or play soccer), I breastfed, we co-slept and wore our baby,

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:23 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • I'd say breastfeeding, and limiting tv, maybe the fact that we don't have video games & have no plans to purchase them?

    Answer by txdaniella at 10:26 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Well, if breastfeeding counts as non-mainstream I fit there too, lol =)

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 10:27 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • What's wrong with milk and soccer? Just wondering, not trying to start a fight or anything.

    Answer by EwansMommy at 10:37 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • My son is partial vaxed, breastfeed until 2, co slept, babywearing, and I allow him to make decisions whenever possible. Which some parents feel is just weird why would you let a three year old make decisions?

    Answer by amandajoy21 at 10:44 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • Um, we practice child lead parenting. My 2yr old is rearfacing, my 6yr old is in a 5pt harness... we cosleep, my 6yr old is vaccinated, my 2 year old has only had a few. It was when he was born that we realized we didnt HAVE to vax. We were gonna homeschool, but my DD begged to go to school to make friends. My kids arent allowed to eat hot dogs---people think Im CRAZY for that. lol.We dont allow our kids to spend the night away, if we get a sitter, its only for a few hours. I have friends that send their babies away for a weekend or sometimes longer....I cant do that. Breaks my heart to think about it. I refuse to send my kids to daycare or pre-k, my DD never went and she did GREAT when starting school this year. I taught her at home myself, so she was plenty prepared.

    Answer by Auntiemom410 at 11:19 AM on Aug. 14, 2010

  • I live by a God principal, I do not allow my children to do things that would jeopardize their beliefs!

    Answer by JoLee12345 at 10:58 AM on Aug. 16, 2010