I guest posted on a blog called Mumtopia. This is a small excerpt from that writing; if you are interested, follow the link to the post!
"As parents, we realize that the parents around us are doing their best. They are making choices that, while they may not be my choice, is their informed and examined choice. It is their choice based on a variety of reasons that I might not understand or agree with. Parents all around us are making decisions and living by paradigms that disagree with our own conception of “optimal parenting”.
As a society, truly, it’s time we parents supported each other. Many societal influences are out there trying, unrelentingly, to divorce our kids from their self-esteem, and to reduce the strength of the familial bond. If you have chosen to take your children to the center of Africa so that they can learn from that, if your children are in the circus, if your family spend its time and energy in supporting the local community theater, I SUPPORT YOU. I support your choices! And, at some level, I think, COOL, that’s a neat lifestyle choice!"
Peace, Karen Loethen