Heather - posted on 11/21/2008 ( 58 moms have responded )
Hi, I'm Heather. I have 3 kids 8, 3 and almost 1.I parent naturally. My kids for the most part eat when they are hungry, sleep when they are tired, get held and hugged when they need closeness.I am not a schedule type and find that my kids can tell me their needs and I can respond and that is so much better for us. I offer different foods and they can choose from them but if they don't like what I am making for dinner they can eat peanut butter and jelly or whatever suits them because I trust that they will get what they need.I homeschool/unschool for now because it works for my kids where they are now. I nursed my first one till he was 2 and a half but my other two basically weaned and preferred bottles by 6 months and I don't feel like less of a woman or a mother because of it.I co-sleep and though I admit likely I may not be as rested somenights I wouldn't trade it for the world. Nothing seems more unnatural to me than putting your kids in a cold bed in a dark room down the hall..but that's just me.I hate cry it out and seriously believe it's torture. Babies cry for a reason...they depend on us for everything and they do not manipulate.I love baby wearing and have done it with all 3.Hmmm..I let my boys be boys and even girls when they want to be(my 3 yr old son loves makeup and nailpolish ) I believe in treasuring these precious people and their short period of life where the world is magic and happiness is mommas arms!