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  1. 1. ==== ====Do you realize how much is involved in attachment parenting? It is just as well to find out....Browse these reviews for more info!http::// ====Many of us hear the term "Attachment Parenting" and may or may not realize what it means. Forsome they find it to be a set of guidelines to foster stronger family bonds. Others see it as a returnto the natural way, while others, simply do not bother with understanding it, they just do what feelsnatural and right for their family. All of these things are correct. To practice attachment parentingthere are some basic principles that come into play. The most basic principle is giving an exampleof love and trust, in turn raising children who will become conscious adults with the capacity forempathy and connectedness. Attachment Parenting challenges us as parents to treat our childrenwith kindness, respect and dignity, and to model in our interactions with them the way wed likethem to interact with others. Adhering to strict guidelines is not what attachment parenting isabout. Parenting with loving kindness with a mindset to be sensitive and emotionally available toour children is the key to understanding this approach.Often in todays society we find adults who, because of a childhood of strife find much of theiradult lives reliving past experiences, repeating unhealthy cycles of behavior, unable to fully live inthe present moment. The Attachment Parenting techniques allow us as parents to treat ourchildren as we wish we had been treated or the way we would like everyone to treat us now. Whenthere is no need to heal the past, one can live in the present moment.The benefits of attachment parenting are numerous, the main one being a happier child andfamily. This sensitive parenting technique includes creating strong bonds with the parents and canbe practiced in traditional mother / father homes as well as in single parented homes, blendedfamilies, and with extended family members. Indeed any type of family can use this parentingtechnique as a tool to create strong family bonds between parents/caregivers and their children.In the early months of a childs life, the mother may be the main caregiver. AP moms use naturalmothering techniques. Todays modern society has perhaps conditioned some to ignore naturalinstincts. Even the most modern of moms will find that if they truly embrace motherhood, the waysof natural mothering and attachment parenting tools come quite naturally. During the early monthsa baby is with family, mom seems to have the main role, however there are many ways to includeother family members in the bonding with the baby. Be creative and you will find that the familialbonds of attachment parenting extend to the entire family. Some common ways to practiceattachment parenting are as follows:Prepare for the birth and BIRTH BONDINGIt is important to become emotionally and physically prepared for the birth of your child. Do asmuch research as possible and spend time creating the environment you wish to raise your childin. Discuss with family how you would like the birth, and the family life to be.
  2. 2. Having a natural, peaceful childbirth and bonding immediately with the baby are key (whether it isa hospital birth, a home birth, or a birthing center birth).The way the child comes into the world and the days and weeks just after the birth are a uniquelysensitive. Biological behaviors of the infant and the mother are intuitive to both. Allowing theseintuitive attachment - promoting behaviors to unfold naturally is a key.BREASTFEEDING and feeding with Love and RespectBreastfeed immediately upon birth and continue as long as is mutually desired between themother and child. Breastfeeding releases oxytocin and prolactin. These hormones relax themother and strengthen the maternal bond. An increase in the mothers oxytocin levels makes theuterus contract more quickly and reduces bleeding (eliminating the need for pitocin, a drugsometimes given to control bleeding post labor).Breastfeeding helps you read your babys cues and the body language allowing a natural way toget to know your child. Breastmilk is the best food you can give to your newborn. Breastmilkenhances brain development, provides optimal growth, greater immunity, protection from SIDS,protects from infections and both types of diabetes.Breastfeeding immediately and on demand as opposed to a schedule is key in attachmentparenting. If for some reason one cannot breastfeed you can still feed your little one with love andrespect. "Bottle nursing" is a way to mimic breastfeeding using the bottle while still following thecues of your baby and not schedules. These cues can be followed by both babies and children asthey grow to encourage healthy eating behavior. Be a model of healthy food choices and offer avariety of healthful foods.BABY-WEARINGWhenever possible, wear your baby using a carrier or sling. This encourages the familial bonds.All family members can enjoy this as a bonding time with a new baby. While using a stroller oranother artificial type of carrier is something many practice, remember to use these as nonessential things. Continuous close contact is essential in the early stages of development. Haveyour baby with you as much as possible. While you may have to work, perhaps the family canmake necessary adjustments to allow a new baby to be with the mother or a family member at alltimes. When alternate caregivers are needed remember to chose those who adhere to the samepractices you do.CO-SLEEPING (either in your bed or in a crib next to your bed)Ensure for a safe sleep both physically and emotionally. Many modern practices discourage co-sleeping, however if you research this and use your common sense you will realize that this is theway nature intended. Attachment parenting encourages co-sleeping and a family bed. Certainlyyou want to strive for balance as many partners feel this subject to be a tricky one. Use yourinstincts, be safe, and do what feels right for you and your family. The key in baby wearing and co-sleeping is to encourage closeness and bonding.BELIEF IN THE LANGUAGE VALUE OF YOUR BABYS CRYAttachment parenting does not adhere to the cry it out philosophy. Being sensitive andresponding accordingly to your babys cries builds trust and security. A childs cry is the first line ofcommunication. Learning to distinguish what the different cries mean is a key to building a loving
  3. 3. way to communicate with your child for years to come. Responding to a childs cry also helpsparents to listen to their child, something that builds more as the child grows. Babies and smallchildren are not capable of self soothing, and responding sensitively to your child from infancy onbuilds a trust that lasts a lifetime.BEWARE OF BABY TRAINERSArtificial soothers, swings, strollers and the like create distance between you and your child. Whilesome things can be utilized as a way to enhance comfort with a little one, these things should notbe relied upon as a substitute. The baby needs that comfort from you.BALANCEAlways strive for balance. Parents are not perfect. Attachment Parenting is not about adhering tostrict practices, it is about loving kindness, respect and enhancing connectedness. Practicing oneor all of these methods is fine. Do what feels best for your family life. When parents feel in balancethey are more able to be emotionally available and responsive. Have fun, stay positive, be creativeand remember to love yourself and care for yourself so that you are more able to care for yourchild and family.POSITIVE DISCIPLINEGuidance and role modeling are generally the approach taken in attachment parenting. With ababy discipline is not something we think about much but as your little one grows into a toddler,young child and on to the teenage years, certainly parents must address the issue of how todiscipline. Keep age appropriateness in mind always while disciplining your children. We arestriving to help the child develop a conscious so that self discipline comes into play. Be proactiverather than reactive while dealing with unwanted behaviors. Try to get to the root of why thebehavior is happening and create solutions rather than reacting negatively. Discipline that is lovingand respectful creates solutions and helps keep everyones dignity intact.Using some or all of these methods will help to create a strong and loving bond with your child. Asa child grows from a baby to a toddler and on into a young child to a teen, attachment parentingtechniques can still be used. Nurturing mutual respect, having open and loving communication andpracticing positive discipline are all things that can be fostered during all stages of your childsdevelopment. Attachment parenting is more of a mindset than a set of guidelines. All one reallyneeds to be an AP parent is a desire to create stronger family ties and happier healthier moreloving children who are our future. We all want the best for our children and it starts withourselves. Positive childhood experiences have positive lifelong consequences.Kathryn Fiore is a mom actively practicing Attachment Parenting. Kathryn has a BS in EarlyChildhood Education and holds certifications in Primary Education and Yoga/Body Rolling.Kathryn combines her life experiences in the fields of education, parenting, and Healing Arts toempower others to be conscious and create a better world for the youth of today. Kathryn alsoworks with international music recording artists to help raise money for environmental awarenessand youth outreach programs.
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