On Parenting

by Rumour Miller on August 8, 2008

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A new mother or a new father need very little
judgement from the outside world. Or from
the inside world.

If there is one thing that I have learned from
my children it is that each family has to do
what works for them. If, at the end of the day,
my children are fed, clean, clothed, safe, loved,
and happy… have we not done a good job?

We have done things a little differently here
at The Rumour Mill then we ever thought we
would. We were even caught of guard. We don’t
need the approval of anyone else but we do
need to be respected and our decisions need
to be respected. Afterall this is our home and
it works for us.

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sky girl August 8, 2008 at 6:38 pm

So tell us what you’ve done differently. I’d love to hear about it.

Rumour Miller August 8, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Mostly the co-sleeping thing. We never really wanted to do it and we are still doing it (part time). Since Piper starts out in her bed but joins us at some point every night.

Whispering Wisdom August 9, 2008 at 2:39 am

HA…..any parent that is judgmental of that just doesn’t understand how any parent could possibly surrender their “adult” time for “kid” time. Nothing wrong with loving your children the way that you do and giving them the time they need to learn independence. The day will come when your wee ones will no longer want to sleep in your bed…..and then you’ll be wondering where that time went.

Enjoy it.

All that mommy and me and daddy and me time……it doesn’t last forever.

Kitkat August 9, 2008 at 7:47 am

And here I thought it was going to be something horrible like beating them with a wet noodle for not behaving.

We cosleep too and have only ever seen the benefits, not all the “negatives” everyone else seems to see. You’re not alone and kudos for doing what works for your family!

ROBYN August 10, 2008 at 2:44 pm

you guys are doing a great job at raising your kids!

Heather August 11, 2008 at 11:31 am

There’s nothing wrong with co-sleeping. Our daughter does sleep in her own room, but she’s always known that she can come into our room in the middle of the night, just as long as she doesn’t wake us up because she wants to watch TV. If she had a bad dream, she can most certainly wake one of us up. I wake up DH if I have a bad dream and the same is likewise. It’s nice to know that your family is there to support you.

Like someone else said, someday they will be grown up and you won’t have that anymore. I’ll so miss early morning cuddles with my daughter.

Piccinigirl August 12, 2008 at 11:18 am

AMEN! I think that any decisions that you make that are good for you and your family are the “right” ones.
Judgement doesn’t really work for me. It never did.

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