Just wondering how many of you are able to maintain friendships with other mamas who are not AP? I've been good friends with a former coworker, and we've known each other since before we were married or had kids. Now that we're both mamas I'm finding our differences in parenting styles sort of unsettling. She is the nicest, sweetest person I know, but she and her DH believe in spanking and strict training methods. It's hard for me to reconcile this sweet person with such a harsh parenting style, and every time I see her I can't help feeling distressed for a few days afterward. Maybe I'm being too sensitive? I don't feel a need to convince her my way is "right" because I do believe everyone is entitled to their own parenting style, I'm just having a hard time being around it, I guess.
Our children are young right now, but should I be concerned about my very AP daughter being exposed to another parent's non-AP methods? How do toddlers and older kids handle that?