Totally Freaked Out…
… by this article from Toronto Life Magazine about “pure parenting”. What a perfect topic for my first real post.
Do these people really exist? I mean, I know they do cause I know people who are on the fringes of this, but really and truly, NEVER any store-bought bread? Having the gall to ask people for a particular type of toy for a child’s birthday (if you don’t like it when you get it, take your own time to go exchange it)? Fear of a rubber ducky leaching phthlates into bath water? What would happen if it were in the bath water? Is there any evidence that a minute trace of phthalate in the bath water is associated with any sort of condition?
And then there’s the vaccine issue… how it gets lumped in with the other neuroses in this article is so frustrating for me. The parents in this article are described are doing everything they can to ensure their babies health but they don’t want to give them potentially life-saving vaccines?
My last big beef is the neurotic behaviour of the parents – those can be felt by children. I’m convinced of that. In my house, we’ve purposely started avoiding the phrase ” I worry about “when speaking to our older son D. It sounds strange coming out of a 4 year old’s mouth and he has recently taken to saying it. Hopefully the less he hears it from us, the less he’ll use it, or think it.
I’m all about moderation and balance (on most days). In our house, here’s what we do for our children:
- Both boys vaccinated on schedule for all recommended vaccines, even those that are not publicly funded (Hep A for vacations in the Caribbean and Central America and Meningicoccal Conjugate)
FOOD & FOOD STORAGE
- Generally the children eat nutritious foods, fruits, veg, whole grain, unprocessed, though purchased at the regular grocery store.
- Occasionally food is organic, but not always.
- On the weekend we eat out usually twice (usually one brunch and one dinner, though sometimes more).
- The boys like hamburgers and french fries (though not usually fast food) and sometimes ice cream.
- Metal water bottles
- Reusable lunch containers (except the odd ziplock bag when I just can’t fit it all in the lunchbag)
PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS & CLOTHING
- Not usually organic though I love Little Twig Tangerine organic Baby Wash and Shampoo – the smell is heavenly; choices are usually based on convenience, availability or preference.
- Diapers and wipes – disposable… not a chance I would ever have selected cloth. Thank goodness only a few months left (I hope).
- If the organic clothing is as cute as the conventional, then I’ll go for it; otherwise, forget it (I do the same for my own clothing).
- We try to use good quality toys. Turns out they are mostly wooden and that is my personal preference. I hate cheap plastic and avoid the dollar store toys at all costs (except gifts! We teach the boys to say thank you no matter what the gift).
- While I try to avoid harsh chemicals, we live in a northern climate which means that germs are rampant for at least 5 months of the year when we are primarily indoors. For that reason, I firmly believe in proper disinfection of commonly used surfaces. We never spray around the children or near anything they might consume.
So, I know I have no readers as of yet, but if you do happen to read, I’d love to know what you do in your house, and what you think of the Toronto Life article…