Thursday, September 10, 2009

what is attachment parenting?

i was happy to discover when my son was around 2 months old that there is a term for instinctual parenting.  it is officially called attachment parenting.  i knew i could wing my methods while he was a baby, but was unsure how i would find the guidance to provide positive discipline for him as he matured.  there was something comforting about finding out that there is a group, or title given to this style of parenting, that supports what some may deem as unconventional these days. additionally, it feels especially great when that group provides the research facts and studies that support the long term positive benefits of this parenting style.

there is a group, attachment parenting international, that has a weekly enewsletter, new book, local meetings across the country, and more. they have great tips for all phases of raising compassionate children (infant through teenage years).

a sampling of their eight principles of parenting includes:

prepare for pregnancy, birth, and parenting
respond with sensitivity
practice positive discipline
use nurturing touch
strive for balance in personal and family life

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