When people ask me for parenting advice — oh, don’t look at me like that, expectant parents go around asking everyone for advice — the first thing I always say is, “Even if you don’t know anything about babies, you will know your baby better than anyone else will.”
When the Time cover and article made the rounds yesterday, I was disappointed by much of the reaction I saw to it. I don’t have a problem with the picture on the cover. I don’t have a problem with extended breastfeeding or attachment parenting. What I do have a problem with is the notion that there is a one-size-fits-all approach to parenting. I’m not even naive enough to think that what worked for my son (now 2.5 years) is what will work for the next one.
The article came out just in time for Mother’s Day in the U.S. Maybe for Mother’s Day we could all stop judging each others’ parenting styles?