At what point do we say that a parents choice is out weighed by the childs rights?
For example, most people would disagree with me feeding McDonalds to my 8 month old baby, 3 meals a day, yet if I breastfeed full term, I face criticism, even though my decision is in the childs best interests.
It might be my choice to belt my children daily, just in case they have misbehaved, but most people would disagree with my choice.
So where do we draw the line?
The simple fact is that the choice is with the parents and not the child be it best for the child or not.
Ive seen some crazy debates on forums. A smacking thread, a cloth nappy thread, a c-section therad and bottlefeeding threads get amazingly heated between the fors and the againsts.
I have also seen and experienced people ask with the approach of my child turning 1yo when Im going to quit breastfeeding. It seems from my observations that our society dosnt support woman who want to breastfeed over 12months. Yet alot of people would be non fussed about the same child having chips from Maccas. So I do get the point your trying to make.
Our society in my opinion is so furiously protective of the right to choose that 'whats right' dosnt come into it. On all those debatable subjects both sides will defend that they are right.
You could argue that a child wouldnt choose to go to child care?. Yet many children go sometimtes at 6 weeks. So the parents are possibly making a choice for the child thats not in the childs best interest.
At the end of the day I think we need to support each other and our choices. I may not choose the same things as you but I respect that is what you choose.
I support delayed vax, extended breastfeeding (shouldnt be called extended but anyway), planned c-section, disposable nappy, non child care, non smacking parenting. It dosnt mean that is how it has always worked in my family. I havnt been able to achieve all of my preferred choices for one reason or another. Im not a traditionalist or completely alternative. However I also respect parents that make other choices.
We can only really do what we personally think is best for our own children.