Hi, and welcome to my blog.
Its the first one ive written and boy did the page look big and empty for a while there!
Im not exactly sure where its going to go at this point, there will be some information, some chat and probably the odd rant or two.
Let us begin…
Hands up if you know what AP is?
Hands down if you were going to give me an exact list.
Theres a good deal of information on the net about what constitutes Attachment Parenting (AP) and it can get confused with the tools used to achieve the goal.
The goal is well attached children, and don’t get your knickers in a twist, i don’t mean sellotaped to your leg. It is a psychological term that basically means they are secure emotionally.
Not a good name though huh? It brings to mind clingy kids and soppy parents, but thats not AP. Well attached kids (emotionally – no sellotape) are happy to explore and move out into the world because they are confident they have a supportive base should they need it. All keeping in mind a childs natural personality. It will not make a quiet, reflective soul into an extrovert, but it will help her be confident in herself, to be comfortable in her own skin and explore the world in the way that is right for her.
There are several practices that are commonly used to achieve this: co-sleeping, baby wearing, breastfeeding being three but a more comprehensive list can be found here:
This is not a checklist! Each family can, and should, pick and choose what is right for them. Thats where AP is different to the baby trainers (hiss!) out there. It is a premise that is backed by respected scientific principles, unlike the baby trainers (hiss!) who propound personal opinion as fact and have the sheer bloody nerve to make a mother doubt her abilities by making her think they know more about her children than she does. Children they have never met, who live in circumstances they have no understanding about.
Baby trainers? After three….one…two…three HISSSSSSS!!!!!!!