Welcome to the February 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Respectful Interactions With Other Parents
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have focused on how we can communicate with other parents compassionately.
It's a fact. At numerous points in being a parent - from the period of trying-to-conceive (or if you skipped the "trying" part and "oops"ed it...) to the prenatal period to any given point in rearing your little one - someone will inevitably ask you "Why do you do that?" The tone with which this weighted question will vary - from the curious to the dubious to the skeptical, incriminating, brash, and down-right rude. Instead of putting up your defenses, explain your logic and reasoning clearly, respectfully, and conversationally. How does one do that? Let me give you some examples of how I tend to respond to my parenting ethos coming into question...