Attachment parenting works for us & announcements from API

API buttonAs many of you know, I’m a big advocate of attachment parenting. I’ve seen the benefits of raising my children according to AP principles such as breastfeeding (feeding with love), baby wearing, responsive nighttime parenting, gentle discipline, etc. My husband Jody and I didn’t start out the road to parenting set on AP, it just kind of happened. For us it just feels natural, like we are trusting our instincts.

We’ve seen the way that Ava has blossomed into an almost 4-year-old who is secure, loving, friendly, healthy, imaginative and independent, and we attribute this largely to the way that we raised her. Julian is only 16 months old, but he too is a very happy, healthy, well-adjusted little person. I believe that by meeting our children’s needs when they are little, they have come to learn that they can depend on us and trust us for the long haul. It’s certainly not all been easy nor a bed of roses, but anyone who thinks parenting is convenient is surely mistaken. It is my hope that by building a solid foundation with them when they are young, we are creating a lasting, trust-based relationship that will endure throughout their adolescent years and into adulthood.

I feel fortunate that I have found a support network of like-minded parents here locally through Attachment Parenting International.

Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit organization that promotes parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents, has several exciting changes they would like to announce, including:

  • A newly redesigned web site and new logo at Attachment Parenting.org (Check out the photos on the home page – at least one might look familiar to you. It’s Jody and Ava on the right and I also took the first picture in that grouping. A few more of my pictures are scattered around the site. My little claim to fame. hehe.);
  • Attachment parenting worldwide support forums;
  • Parent Education Program – a comprehensive series of classes for every stage and age of child development from infancy through adulthood;
  • A new book based on API’s Eight Principles of Attachment Parenting by API co-founders Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson which is expected to be available this summer;
  • A series of podcasts, webinars, chats, and forums with API Advisory Board members and other supporters of AP. Future events are scheduled with Dr. Bob Sears, Dr. James McKenna, and Kathleen Kendall Tacket. Check out the events page for more information.

These are just a few of many exciting things going on at API. I hope you’ll stop by the website and check it out for yourself. Perhaps you’ll find something that resonates with you. :)

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22 thoughts on “Attachment parenting works for us & announcements from API

  1. Thanks for this! I am lucky enough to live in a part of the country with three API chapters within driving distance. I am excited to see API is now offering so many exciting and helpful resources online! Thanks again for the link.

  2. I wish there was a local API group to get involved with here. I would love it. AP just works so well for us.

    I got my post up at theattachedmother.com and I’ll get one on my blog later this evening. :)

  3. I love the new look. The pictures are great too ;).

    I too had never even heard of the attachment parenting term until one day I was doing some internet research and though hey these moms parent like I do ;).

    I couldn’t and wouldn’t parent any other way. My girls are 3 and 5 and we are still one big happy co-sleeping family with no stopping in the near future!!

  4. I love being an AP momma! We were the same way. We didn’t really intend to do AP, it just kind of happened. I didn’t even know what AP was, and then I read Attachment Parent Book by Sears and Sears and realized I was doing it!

    Thanks for the update on the website!

  5. Cannot wait to check out the new site!

    Regarding your comments “My husband Jody and I didn’t start out the road to parenting set on AP, it just kind of happened. For us it just feels natural, like we are trusting our instincts.” and “It’s certainly not all been easy nor a bed of roses, but anyone who thinks parenting is convenient is surely mistaken.” I have to say “Right on, sister!”. Trusting one’s instincts – wow, what a concept, eh? And parenting is not convenient? Say it isn’t so! hee hee :-)

    We did not intend to be attachment parents, either – however, my India-born husband is the type to just go with instinct which is, as you know “attachment parenting”. He thought it was ridiculous to put our kids in a room separate from us and that it was downright CRUEL to let them cry. I quickly saw that maybe my western views on parenting were not the only ones that needed to be considered. I am so glad that we went with his style of parenting.

    BTW, have you read “Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent” by Meredith Small? It discusses findings in the new science of ethnopediatrics and includes information from McKenna and Sears. As an attachment parent, I think you would be very interested in this book. I lost a lot of sleep reading this book because I could NOT put it down.

  6. AP work’s for us most of the time but my husband is not fully converted so we have had our share of friction but it’s starting to get better thanks for this post

  7. I didn’t realize there is an association or organization for it. I practice a lot of the philosophies but didn’t realize there is an organized group. Good to know! I’ll have to check my local area.

  8. API is a great website resource. There is a Seattle chapter, but that is a bit far for me to drive. I wish there was a group a bit more towards the Tacoma area!

    I love AP and wouldn’t have it any other way.

  9. I recently noticed that they updated their site. It is much nicer, isn’t it? API also has many many support groups all over. We have two meetings in our local area (one morning, one evening) and a very active online community stemming from the group. It is a life saver at times!

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