10 Things I Have Done Against the Advice of Experts

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by Jenna Hall

1. I let my three year old have a bottle and a pacifier at night because he needed them to calm his very busy brain and sleep
2. I did not wake up my newborn to feed her every three hours because I needed the sleep and was a better parent because of it
3. I let my children fall, often, and they sometimes get skinned knees and bumps on the head
4. I am green-shirting* (is that the opposite of red-shirting?) my son because he is very big and very clever for his age and I don’t care if it reduces his chances of getting into an Ivy League school (*pushing him into school younger rather than older)
5. I ate bleu cheese and sushi when I was pregnant
6. I am an authoritative attachment parent, with strong boundaries and time-outs
7. I had a gentle and beautiful home birth with my second after a traumatic c-section with my first baby
8. I listen to my intuition first and my pediatrician second
9. I let my three year old use real knives under my watchful eye when we are cooking together
10. I don’t sterilize bottles or pacifiers unless we are in a third world country and even then, only if I have time


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