Principles

Love works for everybody

November 17, 2014

When I see the debate among people about parenting and the different tools and methods, the way most arguments seem to finish is “…but whatever works for the family.” I’ve been thinking about this, and it just doesn’t make sense. Spanking works for nobody, no matter how you slice it. It’s just a quick fix […]

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Trust

November 14, 2014

Whenever I encounter turbulence on my maiden voyage of parenting, I take solace in reminding myself of one really crucial ingredient of Attachment Parenting: trust. Trust is both an awesome gift and an incredible challenge, one that we receive and take on as part of the mantle of parenthood. We witness it in the eyes […]

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It’s not called permissive parenting

November 12, 2014

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Sept. 23, 2008, but it serves to remind parents how Attachment Parenting differs from permissive parenting. The world is full of followers, but you’re not one of them. ~J.L. Glass I recently attended a seminar taught by motivational speaker J.L. Glass — a very funny, charismatic speaker […]

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Don’t blame the baby

November 7, 2014

When I am pregnant, I can sleep anywhere, anytime. I’d love to just sleep through the first two-thirds of pregnancy. I could fall asleep on the stairs, on the way to bed. I could even rest up for 12 long hours at night and still be able to take a nice morning nap. But there […]

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Whose kid was that?

November 5, 2014

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Sept. 16, 2008, but serves as a great reminder for any parent who’s been faced with a tantrumming child in public. “I’m a parent educator. I’m a mom of four. I am an advocate for all things Attachment Parenting. I should be able to handle this. So, […]

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Birth education matters

November 4, 2014

By Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, cofounders of Attachment Parenting International and coauthors of Attached at the Heart It’s important to remember that a one-time class at a local hospital won’t come close to giving you all the important information you need to be prepared for childbirth. For the best birth outcomes, parents need to […]

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Because breastfeeding is normal

November 3, 2014

For some, breastfeeding doesn’t come easily. I, for one, have shed my fair share of tears over the challenging journey that it has been at times. Yet, even though I have seen the negatives — even though I have been shamed, ridiculed and challenged about nursing my daughter — I support breastfeeding. Even though there […]

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Messy, glorious motherhood

October 26, 2014

They say when you become a mom, you change. I am sure just about every one of us has experienced that. It is awe-inspiring to come to the realization that just as our actions shape our children, our interactions with our children also continue to shape us. My heart loves more deeply, my mind works […]

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