This post is part of my series, “Kickin’ It Old Skool: Why and How We Are Old-Fashioned” or KIOS for short. If you’re new to the series, please read my disclaimer before continuing on. I’m keeping a table of contents to this series here so you can see what I’ve already written about and what more there is to come.
Labels are useful sometimes, right? They give us a quick, easy way to categorize or understand someone or something. So here’s a label for you to use when referring to the way that we approach parenting Ellie:
Here’s something else to remember about everything I write about parenting (i.e. here’s another disclaimer): This is what has worked for us, with Ellie. She’s only 16 months old so we know we’re just a little ways down this parenting road. I’m sure what we think and feel will refine and change over the next few years.
Back to attachment parenting: We find ourselves firmly in the attachment parenting camp. What is attachment parenting? Here’s a quote from the Attachment Parenting International website, which fairly succinctly answers that question:
The essence of Attachment Parenting is about forming and nurturing strong connections between parents and their children. Attachment Parenting challenges us as parents to treat our children with kindness, respect and dignity, and to model in our interactions with them the way we’d like them to interact with others.
The following are the 8 major principles of attachment parenting:
1. Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
2. Feed with Love and Respect
3. Respond with Sensitivity
4. Use Nurturing Touch
5. Ensure Safe Sleep Physically and Emotionally
6. Provide Consistent and Loving Care
7. Practice Positive Discipline
8. Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life
I’m going to be writing about many of these things over the next few weeks but I figured that it would be good to give a sort of over-arching post to start. We believe pretty passionately in these things but many (if not most) of them are also lightening rod issues when it comes to parenting. So I understand if you don’t entirely agree with me that nursing an older baby is wonderful or that it really is a great thing to have your baby sleep with you in your bed or …
Back next week with more about how we prepare for pregnancy, labor, and child birth!