They always say hindsight is 20/20 or when you know better, you do better. That is definitely true in my case.
|My first son in hospital before he was whisked away.|
Despite that, he’s turning into a sweet boy, sensitive and nice, but still has anger issues. I feel it stems back to me and those early, early times. But we’re working on it in gentle ways.
|Son two was born in a birthing center.|
|My support team! Hubby, mother in law, sister in law.|
|My gorgeous boys . : )|
|My daughter’s birth at home with my oldest son and hubby by my side|
|My amazing midwives and the other important people in my life who I needed there for the event.|
With every child I learned something new. Once I was pregnant with my third, I learned even more . My desire to know as much as I could, led me down all sorts of information pathways. This has impelled me to make changes in other areas of our life. We eat better, little or no processed foods, more whole foods, less sugar, no dyes. We buy organic and pasture-fed when we can. I've changed all our cleaning products to non-toxic or completely natural. I've recently made the switch from shampoos and conditioners to baking soda and vinegar! Hahaha. I've dumped all my lotions, creams and makeup and opted for coconut oil and minerals. We've cut out fluoride and bought bamboo toothbrushes. We un-school and follow our kids desires in learning. It couldn't be going better. And I have Facebook largely to thank. There is a whole community of people who are attached parents…I never had gentle parenting support in the circle of friends I was in. I learn so much from all my natural living pages and all the attached parents striving to do the best for their kids! I learn every day.
So never stop learning, it can completely change who you are and the kind of parent you’ll become.
|Our happy and complete little family.|
My intentions of sharing her story are to give some hope to other people who may not be parenting with their heart. I know all too well that putting our thoughts into actions sometimes only need something as simple as knowing you're not alone, that you're not crazy for wanting to pick up your crying child. Sometimes all we need is to know that there are other people who were once where we are, and who are now doing thing differently...doing things better than they were before they knew better...and who are happier (and have happier children) than before.
I believe that we all have the capacity to treat our children as we would want to be treated ourselves, and to love and guide them with respect. I believe that when we know more, we know better. And when we know better, we do better.
Thank you Meghann for sharing your story. xoxo