This is a group for parents who want to socialise with other parents who are friendly, open-minded and who are embracing an alternative parenting route.
We are welcoming of ALL types of families, however there are a few basic things we need to agree on at the outset for this group to be harmonious and enjoyable for everyone:
1. This group is for parents who are pro-informed-choice regarding vaccination and who would like to connect with other parents who have non-mainstream views on this topic. Following on from this, it is for parents who understand the responsibility (and common sense) of not taking themselves or their children out in public when they are unwell, vaccinated or not.
2. This group is for parents who prefer to approach family health from a holistic, natural therapies angle.
3. This group is for parents who are against infant circumcision, considering both male and female infant circumcision to be a form of genital mutilation and a violation of a child’s basic human rights. If you have any doubts about this, please watch some Youtube videos of infant circumcision or consider visiting this website: http://www.circinfo.org/index.html for up-to-date information about the procedure and how unnecessary and barbaric it really is.
4. This group is for parents who practice a style of parenting which could be described as “attachment parenting”. Please refer to the Wikipedia article on “attachment parenting” for a general description of this term. It includes such practices as baby wearing, co-sleeping, extended breastfeeding, child-directed weaning and elimination communication. You do not have to be doing all of these to be practicing attachment parenting. Everyone has their own unique way of doing things. Diversity is a wonderful thing.
We are all unique points of perception, all made up of the same stuff but all on a different path. We all started somewhere unique in time and place, and the specific events of our lives and their unique sequence means that we are all undeniably different from one another. Which means that no one system or plan or group of answers or mould or lifestyle or choice-making guide can possibly work for everyone. To truly live life on your own terms, to really grasp the brief breath you have as a living being, you must overcome your fear of being alone, of failure, of breaking the mould, of being uniquely you, and fully come into your own. That’s something no one can teach you or force you to do. Most people don’t even get the chance to begin their journey because they are never encouraged to think for themselves as a child, or they experience so much societal oppression from the beginning of their lives that they simply cannot imagine doing things differently.
"Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again."
Thich Nhat Hanh
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation