There's nothing extreme about being in tune.
regularly responds to media inquiries about Attachment Parenting, and
the frequency spiked this week with the launch of Mayim Bialik's new
book, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way.
With most media inquiries, the questions are usually the same, easily anticipated. Will
your children breastfeed until they are 5, 6, 7? Are they attached to
you 24/7? Are they going to sleep in your bed forever? What about
punishment? How will they become independent?
In some cases, there is an attempt by media to truly inform readers, with background information and balanced reporting.
In other cases, not so much.
are media outlets that may appear to be informed about Attachment
Parenting, yet they confuse the public with unrelated topics and
Even well-prepared articles are subject to generating 15, 30, 400 or more misleading comments and soundbites of misinformation.
there is reporting that is not intent on informing but rather creating a
stir for consumers of parenting information--searching for extreme
parenting. The sensational response to AP is not limited to newspapers
or broadcast news media, but also extends to movies and reality
shows--aiming for a circus sideshow of unusual parenting practices.
There are some unusual practices out there, but when looking for the
extreme, Attachment Parenting disappoints.
discovered in their digging? Loving, empowered parents, not perfect
ones by any means, in tune with their loved, well adjusted children, not
perfect either, but for whom emotional and physical needs are being
met, while growing in empathy and compassion for others.
will continue to abound, of course, but there is something we can each
do to help dispel some of the myths and confusion regarding Attachment
Parenting. We can touch base with what is central about attachment and
relationships. We've put together a gentle reminder to help us stay oriented. Check it out.
our actions and messages, we can be mindful of others, and find it in
us to respond from a place of calm. As satisfying emotionally and
intellectually as it is to parent in tune with ourselves and our
children, we can remember that all parents are on a journey, ourselves
Our comments thrown into conversation both online and off can
demonstrate the compassion, understanding, humility, and curiosity we
endeavor to model for our children. API will work to stay focused on the
positive, committed to advancing our mission in support of families.
striving for understanding, empathy, compassion, and peace for our
children, ourselves, and the world--well, fair enough, that is extreme.
API announces two new API Leaders: Ashley Franz, API of Central Arkansas, and Nicole Hoover, API of Seattle, Washington.
new API Leaders join Leaders around the world, giving their time and
showing extreme dedication toward helping other parents and children
receive information and support. Welcome!
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parents, to those working in childrenís museums, day-care centers,
preschools, and those working with children who have autism, attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder, or other special needs.
Meet Bob McGrath (original cast member of Sesame Street), Maria Hinajosa (of NPR fame), and John Archambault (author of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom) and Raun Kaufman (from the Son-Rise program). Seating is limited and group registration discounts are available.
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