Recently I was told that the way I parent doesn’t fit in the norms of this society. Our parenting isn’t normal in our society; it’s better!
Our boys are being raised in a farm environment, we do many activities with our boys (camping, snowshoeing, x-c skiing, making firewood, sewing and woodworking – just to name a few). We take time to teach them skills and expose them to different experiences. Show me a 5 and 7-year-old that can cut veggies for soup, or split a piece of wood with a splitting mall, sew on a sewing machine or make something on the lathe.
I have learned many things from the parenting books I have read, from my mother, my mother-in-law, my sister and many other mothers in my life who I admire.
Below are some statistics that my Mom found on just a few topics relating to my parenting. I was curious to see how my friends and I (22 of us) matched up to the “Norms”. I have included our statistics. If I went deeper it would only show more areas where I am not normal.
99.38% of births are in Hospitals or are unplanned out of hospital
.62% are planned home births (www.uptodate.com/contents/planned-home-birth)
My friends and I: Planned Home Births – 36% & Hospital Births – 64%
64% of mothers initiated Breastfeeding
29% at still breastfeeding at 6 mos
6% were still breastfeeding at 12 mos
My friends and I: Were still breastfeeding at 12 months + – 100%
68% of mothers with college degrees and with children under 6 yrs are in the workforce.(smartmomma.com/work_career/can’t_we_get_along.htm)
My friends and I: Stay-at-home Moms – 73% & Working Moms – 27%
99% of households have TV and on average, children ages 2-5 spend 32 hours a week in front of a TV—watching television, DVDs, DVR and videos, and using a game console.
90% households have cable TV or the equivalent
1% don’t have a TV (www.csun.edu/science/health/docs/tv&health.html)
My friends and I: 0% of my friends’ kids spend anywhere close to 32 hours in front of the TV—watching television, DVDs, DVR and videos, and using a game console!
My friends and I: No TV – 55% & Have TVs – 45%
94% of parents spank their child by the time the child is 4 yrs (Psychology Today)
25% of those use an object to spank a child
6% never spank (www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200210/spare-the-rod)
My friends and I: Never Spank – 77% & Spank – 23%.
I’m Not too NORMAL, are you?