Welcome to anaturalstart
When I first created this community in 2005 I had been hoping to create a place where people could find advice and articles about giving their new babies the best, most natural start in life. This motivation was fueled by my strong feelings toward breastfeeding, cloth diapering and attachment parenting.
I still have strong feelings about all of these things, but I realize that some approaches to parenting are not realistic to every one. Especially the militant approach because that reduces realistic thinking to a minimum.
Now, what exactly do I mean by realistic thinking? I have decided that a firm example of it can be found here
in my good friend grypx
's journal. In my experience, this gal is a great reality check for all those crunchy moms out there who think their way is perfect.
Don't get me wrong, though, I'm not against crunchy moms. I'm pretty crunchy myself. However, sometimes crunchy doesn't work for everyone all the time. So those of your who aren't as crunchy as me and the people I know, your perspectives are more than welcome here. This place will need a little variety, after all, or it will be a boring and redundant community indeed.
I say, to give babies the most natural start you have to allow yourself to think realistically and allow other folks to do the same. Now, I don't mind some drama, but I will correct and freeze any comments that spout untruths about anything from breastfeeding, to co-sleeping, to drugs and alcohol.
I want to bring the reality of parenting back out in the open and realistically, no one is perfect and everyone has different opinions. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and as long as your opinion has a foundation to stand on it won't be knocked down here.
Open-mindedness is the only rule here. I hope I won't have to add more. That's the benefit of having a little hippy chick as your maintainer.
So spread the word! I know there are other people out there who feel the same way so hunt them down and bring them over!