Yesterday the Little Guy and I went to Costco: I put him in his Phil & Ted's MeToo! Travel Highchair and he sat quietly chomping on his food while I had my lunch. He and his high chair attracted a lot of admirers; I guess Phil & Ted's doesn't have a distributor in Taiwan. People thought the chair was neat and handy, and they thought the Little Guy was cute and well-behaved. One woman came up to me and we had a nice chat. "People told me not to hold my baby too much, but you should hold your baby close now, because before you know it, they'll be 33." (Guess how old her son is now?).
I told her I shared the same philosophy, and she replied that she could tell we were strongly attached, since he was sitting so peacefully in his chair while I ate. "I can see he feels secure," she said. It's so nice to receive support of my parenting style.
I agree with you 100%! It's great to get a little validation once in awhile, since people seem more willing to share negative opinions at times. I was kind of surprised to run into so much negativity with the way I parent here because I thought Taiwanese people would be way more AP leaning. It turns out that people are constantly telling me I'm spoiling him by carrying him so much and not letting him cry. At the same time, a lot of people seem to cosleep. I'm very confused, and I'm thinking that they would probably just criticize me no matter what I did. Oh well, I guess no one fits any one parenting style 100%. I'm glad someone recognized how great what you're doing is for your little guy!
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