Attachment Parenting is more than a tick-boxed scorecard of babywearing and breastfeeding. It is so very much more.
Attachment Parenting, for many of us, is a way of life. In its simplest of forms, it’s about choosing connection and respect over convenience and quick-wins.
The following advice has been lifted — with permission! — from one of my favorite virtual parent support groups. The points summarize 13 Attachment Parenting hacks from real — albeit virtual — moms that might just revolutionize the way you think about parenting:
- “Pause before reacting to anything. The very few genuine emergencies that require instant reactions will get them before you can even think.” (Linda)
- “When a kid is upset, don’t try to make them feel better. Just try to make it clear that you get why they are upset.” (Nina)
- “Sing and play! Everything is still fairly new and exciting to a child. Let them join in what you’re doing, and join in what they’re doing.” (Jenna)
- “A baby is its own instruction manual.” (Lisa)
- “Not all kids can cope with choices.” (Linda)
- “Laughing together with a child is a powerful way of connecting and a healing tool for both of you.” (Rosetta)
- “When in doubt, err on the side of love.” (Marina)
- “Asking a question and giving a child the power to answer and be heard, is an amazing thing.” (Lily)
- “Put a crabby baby into water…let the splashing commence!” (Michelle)
- “Make your home a ‘yes’ environment.” (Claire)
- “Piggy back rides!” (Katie)
- “If you can give your children a chance to have control over something, do it.” (Tia)
- “Never regard your relationship with your kids as a rivalry (them vs. me). It’s ALWAYS a partnership.” (Bonnie)