When I became a mother, I decided that there were a few things I would do differently than most moms I knew. Attachment parenting was one of them. Extended breastfeeding another. And then, of course, I wasn’t going to raise my child to be a consumerist, and I wasn’t going to flood her with plastic fantastic toys she wouldn’t care about. So I didn’t. But what I didn’t count on, was that I actually wouldn’t be raising her alone. She’d be part of a family, a community and a society over which I have very little control. This has become increasingly more obvious, and looking into her room the other day, I was shocked to see what I saw.
This afternoon has been quite busy for me, I must admit. You see, I have 4 nieces and one nephew, and three of those are born in October – as well as my own daughter. And as a natural parent (and aunt), I’ve made a point out of only giving the kids handmade presents.
Well, there are many reasons.