This week, we had my son evaluated for Physical Therapy (I am certain I’ll write out more details in another post). I basically surround myself with only attachment parenting moms, so my ‘norm’ clearly is not THE norm. When you go to an evaluation at one of these places, they ask you a ton of questions about your child’s development, and these questions tend to favor a mainstream parenting philosophy. Here are the top 10 questions that got on my nerves:
10. He sleeps with you? (or the alternative “He doesn’t sleep through the night yet?”)
9. You’re still breastfeeding?
8. Are you always carrying him?
7. You didn’t feed him purees?
6. He wears cloth diapers?
5. You don’t have him on a nap schedule?
4. He’s at home with you still?
3. Is he a good baby?
2. Can you feed him some inexpensive food so he can practice using a spoon? (This is when I said I don’t want to just give him a spoon to play with because I don’t want to waste our good food.)
You should’ve seen how horrified these women were when I breastfed Bryce 4 or 5 times during a 2-hour evaluation. They asked if I wanted them to leave the room to ‘feed him’. I said “no, let’s just keep going.” And here’s an image worth sharing. This was the information desk, which clearly, between the WIC, headstart information, formula samples, plagiocephaly pamphlet, and magazine that discussed sleep-training, did not have any ‘information’ to offer me. Why has historically ‘normal’ parenting turned us into freaks?