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How were you introduced to attachment parenting? June 19, 2006 12:23 AM

I came across a copy of Mothering magazine in a Seattle library branch few years ago. Where did you learn about Attachment Parenting?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 14, 2007 7:46 PM

My mother used this parenting method with me and my brothers. When my first-born came along, it seemed (seems) like the most natural and common-sense way to parent. My son is now 21 months and is a very happy and cheery boy (apart from normal toddler tears and frustrations). He is also starting to separate from me of his own accord; he is happy to run off and "play" with bigger kids knowing full well that i am nearby, and he is also able to be left with his grandmother without any tears, he is secure in the knowledge that we (his mummy and daddy) always come back!!
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hello February 13, 2007 1:49 AM

Hmm, I was introduced partially when I started babysitting a little 3 week old baby girl for a former friend. I started looking up various ways of parenting through websearches. And also through Mother Earth News Mag and I found a wonderful website on AP and I can't remember the name of it right now but when I do I'll post it. (ohh, the Compleat Mother I think) Anyway, that's been quite sometime ago. And at the time I didn't know what it was called, or that it was a movement or anything. I just found some secluded articles mostly and thought "hey, that sounds RIGHT!". Of course, the working 'mother' that I was working for didn't appreciate her baby being AP by the 'nanny', since she is one that thinks babies shouldn't be held 'too much' ect. So we clashed and we parted ways. It's a sad situation. But, ANYWAY. My second 'intro' was when my sister became pregnant and she found some sites on baby 'wearing' and I found it incredibly interesting, and here I am! hehe I don't have a baby yet, though I'm hopeful for SOON And am very glad that there are other people who are so called 'coddlers' (basically what I've been called by my former friend/boss. "don't you EVER put my baby down??? She needs to get used to being alone." and this at 3 weeks old..HA!) that I can get info from when the time comes

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P/S February 13, 2007 1:52 AM

Thinking about it, I've come to the realization just now that my Mom, though not knowing about the 'movement', sort of AP'd me. I did spend alot of time in my parents room at nite and was homeschooled from there. But for some crazy reason, I never saw that as AP. Hmm.. I guess I'm an AP 'kid' and didn't even know it lol

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hello February 20, 2007 9:31 AM

Hi everyone, new here and thought this the perfect topic to jump in on!

I came across a great parenting book in a used bookstore when my youngest was about 4 and it totally changed the way I parented - I consider it my intro to AP in a way. The next jump in my parenting quality came when I had my second baby and needed some breastfeeding support. Looking into bf online led me to a ton of AP concepts which appealed to me not just because they felt right but because as a science buff, it seemed obvious to me that what is biologically appropriate for human children ought to be incorporated into parenting.

I'm expecting my third baby this summer and hope to expand my AP practices by adding babywearing and a closer version of co-sleeping than I could do with ds2 after my c/s.

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