Originally posted by PhoeniXof_Hades
Exactly why is it being done?
One part of the process is called attachment parenting. Parents in United States tend to typically be very detached. They do not breastfeed for long. They do not rally understand the verbal cues children give. The do not spend quality time with their children.
It is very different from parenting in India. Back in India I remember how women could instantly tell when their child needed to go to the restroom and what each different 'cry' meant and how to calm the child. They breastfeed for a long time. The parent child bonding was a lot more deeper and connected.
So basically it is being done to go back to when people spent time with their kids and being connected.
What point is she trying to prove?
That some alternate and forgotten methods are actually useful.
Some of her methods are innovative and not harmful, and could possibly be beneficial, like not separating beds, etc.
I agree strongly with bed sharing, elimination communication. I also agree with cloth diapers over manufactured diapers - they are more environmentally friendly and gentler on the baby skin. I also agree with more natural and homemade foods. Many supermarket foods have preservatives that are not good for young stomachs. Organic and natural foods are more nutritious and healthier for children as well as grown ups. It can be expensive to be all natural - but its worth it for your baby.
Heck I buy organic treats for my dog. My dog is a health nut - she prefers spinach and goat cheese white pizza over a meat lovers pizza.
But what about not vaccinating and others? What are the reasons behind those? Some of them seems to be a bit too extreme for my liking, and could possibly be damaging to the children. *shrugs*
The two things that most people will see as damaging are home schooling and not vaccinating.
I used to be against homeschooling because old school methods of old schooling resulted in very disconnected, weird, anti-social kids. However, after meeting some kids who are being homeschooled - I am open to it. Its risky - but I think it can be beneficial.
When I was staying at a hostel in New Orleans this summer, I was pleasantly surprised to see a family with kids staying there. We struck up a conversation in the kitchen because we all were interested in travel. The husband and wife loved traveling and would go abroad on family vacations frequently. They had taken their kids to Morocco, Egypt, Spain, Czech Republic and all sorts of places. Since it was not easy to accommodate school years and travel - they chose to homeschool their kids. These kids were well bright, social, talkative, well traveled, well adjusted and had a wealth of knowledge of other cultures and spoke Spanish fluently and were planning to learn Russian.
There are many small farming communities up North who homeschool their kids till they are old enough to ride the snowmobiles to school. Many continue to homeschool because traditional schools do not adjust around harvest and other seasonal farm activity.
In areas like California many parents will get together and hire tutors so their kids can be homeschooled. The benefits of such type of homeschooling is individualized attention, education customized to their strengths and the socialize with neighborhood children. Some even get a wide socialization experience across different age groups.
Now as for vaccination. I think parents should vaccinate their kids per vaccination schedule. But that is hypocritical of me. I refuse to take the flu shot and will not be taking the swine flu shot when it is released by the CDC. No child of mine will ever get a flu shot. I do not believe in the varicella shot and will refuse to give any child of mine the varicella shot. I do not believe in prescription medications or vitamin supplements or meds in general. When I was at the hospital to have my knee to be checked out the doctor thought I must be some nut case because I turned down the painkiller shot.
Viruses run their own course. They mutate every year producing new strains. Flu virus is a mutation of the common cold virus. There is a new flu virus every year. A flu shot is no guarantee against flu. You could still get flu from a different strain and it could turn to be fatal. Regarding the varicella. Chicken Pox is not fatal. Te best defense against chicken pox is to get the varicella virus. In fact people who have taken the varicella shot have still got chicken pox, while if you get chicken pox once - you never get it again.
The human body is an amazing system. The immune system is just mindblowing. Just as a virus mutates the white blood corpuscles develop new weapons to fight these mutants. When you take vaccines like flu shots, your immune system gets lazy. It does not work as had to make new weapons, nor does it exercise to keep in shape. Basically it makes you weak and dependent on these vaccines - so when a super strain like Swine flu hits you are screwed.
Secondly epidemics and flus are part of natural selection. The strong immune systems are meant to survive. The ones who die cleanses the species of the weak ones. Vaccines and modern medicines mess with natural selection and make humans chemically dependent. Whats next Darth Vader suits to stay alive.
However, I do believe in giving MMR, Tetanus and rabies - because those diseases are more likely to be fatal and the vaccines are proven. While it goes against my personal principle of not messing with natural selection, I do not think an unvaccinated child should infringe on the rights of the weaklings who have chosen to mess with natural selection.
I've spoken a lot on vaccination, so I will not delve into pill popping. I think we live in a pill popping culture where everything is fixed by pills. If I am to raise kids they will be completely natural humans who live healthy through food and exercise and not pills. Meds are necesscary at times, but should be the last resort - not the cop out to proper living.