This afternoon my mother took Gretchen for a few hours & I treated my little brother to the new Harry Potter movie.
About 1/2 way through the movie I get a phone call my mother (so I rush out of the theatre as not to be THAT PERSON with the cell phone). My mom was calling to tell me that Gretchen was cranky and that she was only happy being held.
My response? "Yeah? So hold her."
My mother went on to say how she wasn't used to holding a baby all the time and that Gretchen wasn't happy to be down playing on a blanket or anything like that. I'd even sent a sling, but my mother (who I get my stubbornness from) doesn't really understand the whole babywearing/attachment parenting "thing" that I am doing.
I tried to explain: Gretchen is happy being held. She is also happy in the sling which frees up your arms. Pick one, and she'll be content all day long.
I think my mom's mind is still a little boggled by how I go about things.
Eventually she may learn that my babe doesn't cry in the sling, only fusses a wee bit when she's hungry and that YES I will pop my boob out in front of the entire food court at the mall and NO I don't care if I'm making anyone uncomfortable (which is a whole other story).
How do you deal with differences in opinion within your family/friends? Do you have parents who just don't understand your philosophies? Are they willing to learn?
I do think my mother does just fine caring for Gretchen for a few hours here & there -- but I KNOW it would make it easier on her if she just followed my lead.