I may be a little overprotective, and I freely admit that. I look at the misconception that that is somehow a bad thing like this though.. I would much rather care "too much" about my beautiful children, than be one of those child abusing, skanky, horrible people who would only be so lucky to call them self a good mother..or a "mother" at all for that matter. Having a child doesn’t just automatically make you a mother.. much the same way that having a piano in no way makes you a pianist.
I don't see how anyone can believe that a mother who is completely OPPOSED to any form of corporal punishment, has never given their child formula, keeps their children ultra clean, well kept and cared for, and shows their children nothing but love, and supreme parenting be a bad thing? It can’t. The only people who think that great parenting is something to be frowned upon are the same people that believe that you can “spoil” children by buying them nice clothing and “too many toys”, by "holding them too much" or showing your children how much you love them all of the time. To those people I say… you can’t spoil a child, you idiot. They're human. Not an egg. Furthermore, if you COULD spoil a child.. then the mental, emotional and physical abuse that you, as a crappy parent, subject them to on a daily basis would make them rotten to the core.
I make my beliefs and parenting style very clear.. I nursed my son until he was 21 months old- do you have a problem with that? He is the healthiest child I've ever known.
Rob and I practice "Attached Parenting" teqniques, although we didn't start out with the intent of doing so... it just so happened that how we parent is parrallel with AP parenting. I had no idea there was a whole league of people who parent just like us! Up until this point, I have always thought that I was seriously the best mother there ever was! Yay for other mommies who love their babies!
Luckily, my incredible husband Rob is just as good of a father as I am a mother. I love him eternally, and couldn't live without him. Our parenting styles are very similar, and we talk about EVERY thing that affects our children in any way in full detail, before we commit to a way of doing something.
Because of these reasons, there is no doubt in my mind that our children are going to grow up strong, confident, self assured, loving, compassionate and incredible people. That is all the thanks I will ever need from them.
I hope my life interests you!
Brendan was 10 months old when we finally got married. He was the cutest groomsman, by far!
- Kirsten and Brendan's hospital pix side by side