Explaining elimination communication to critics

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Explaining elimination communication to critics

So, for people that have not heard of elimination communication, honestly, the biggest critics are going to be the ones in your own head. When I go to the mall or when I go to Disney Land and I've got my kids sitting on a porta potty in the back of the car, I'm so worried about the looks that I'm going to get from people. And I honestly haven't gotten a lot of looks or criticism. But that's honestly the toughest critics to deal with is what you're worried about. And honestly, most people probably won't even notice. We did get some criticism from family. Especially family is always more honest than strangers. And people rolling their eyes – my parents were very concerned that we were pressuring him and that we were trying to potty train him at the age of four months. My sister kind of said, "Oh, you'll know when he has to go but there's no way you're going to put him on the pot every time." People just sort of were doubters and honestly, the first time I visited my parents, they were very concerned and kind of didn't want to deal with it. And then they saw my 6-moth-old child tell me he had to go to the bathroom – I put him on the bathroom. And they didn't have to change a poopy diaper any day they baby-sat him, and they were absolute converts. So the best way to deal with critics is just to let them see it in action.

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Megan Hyndman is the mother to two-year-old Finnegan and a newborn, Saoirse. She is a writer, yoga teacher and private tutor and has recently started her own tutoring company, Honors Educational Services.  She and her husband Jason have been married since 2006, and since that time they’ve gone from a couple who thought they never wanted kids to a family of five, if you count the dog – and the 60-lb Rottweiler mix is definitely one of the kids.  The first baby under six months either parent ever saw was their own son, after a home birth, so they had to learn everything from scratch.  As a home birthing, cloth-diapering, infant potty-training, breastfeeding, sort of co-sleeping parent planning to home school, who also vaccinates, circumcises, disciplines, watches TV with Finn way more than she should and works full time, Megan doesn’t really fit into any “Mommy groups” – and that’s okay with her. Megan’s parenting philosophy is the same philosophy she tells her tutoring students: Use What Works for You.  

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