attachment parenting

How Attachment Parenting and RIE are different in practice

January 21, 2014

When I first learned about RIE, much about the philosophy seemed very similar to AP (Attachment Parenting), which I practiced with my first two children. They both focus on respect and stress the importance of bonding. However, the more I learned about it, the more I understood how divergent the parenting philosophies are in spite […]

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Why I no longer practice Attachment Parenting

January 14, 2014

I’ve had a long, slow breakup with Attachment Parenting. As a new mom I was drawn to the hippie vibe of carrying my baby and sleeping next to him. I wanted to be that earth mama who had a cosmic connection with my child. After all, this was the child who I knew would be […]

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Babies shouldn’t apologize for being alive and other parenting links

September 14, 2012

Babies shouldn’t have to apologize for being alive. (The Single Crunch) 100 Paleo recipes (Primal Britain) Grain-free banana bread (Our Nourishing Roots) Illustrated guide to car seat safety (The Daily Momtra) I’m not a fan of hiding “healthy” foods in treats, but this is brilliant. (Gapalicious) Chuck your baby registry! Babies don’t need equipment. (Janet […]

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Mothering My Way

December 12, 2011
toddler crafting

Somewhere between toddlerhood and preschool I realized I wasn’t the kind of mother who liked to craft. I had visions of myself spending hours on the floor with my boys, playing with paint and glue and construction paper, making fabulous twee creations that we would display around our house and take gorgeous soft-focus photographs of. […]

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Baby Registry Made Easy: Guest Post by Theresa of NurturingtheNaturalMama

May 12, 2011
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Today I’m happy to host an article from Theresa Sirois of Nurturing the Natural Mama. She just started blogging this year and already is so active in the natural parenting community! Check out her site for sweet thoughts about her beautiful family. Congratulations! You’re having a baby! Now the fun begins! You need to register […]

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My children are people

April 28, 2011
children are people too

Sometime a few months ago, I had a (somewhat embarassing) revelation. My children are people. Oh. It kind of hit me like a ton of bricks. I suddenly realized what I needed to do to have a relationship with them, and the way I look at all aspect of their lives: discipline, food, health, clothes […]

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Sunday Surf, April 10 2011

April 10, 2011
Boy or girl? Does it matter?

Breastfeeding & Birth In France, breast is definitely not best I was a bit shocked by this story. I lived in Germany for five years (and yes, I know they’re different countries), but Europeans always struck me as leaning more towards traditional, natural options. Makes me hope even more that The Leaky Boob spends some […]

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“Three” is the New “Two” – Guest Post by Dionna of Code Name: Mama

April 4, 2011
Growing up is optional

I first came across Dionna’s Code Name: Mama blog after someone shared this post with a clip of breastfeeding on Sesame Street. I snooped around her site and was taken by her descriptions of gentle interactions with her son and smart commentary on social issues that affect natural parents. When she co-founded Natural Parents Network […]

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Sleep, crying, and balancing closeness with boundaries

March 16, 2011
a rested baby makes a happy family

Imogen at Alternative Mama and I have been talking about sleep. She has two little ones and is seriously sleep deprived, but is having a hard time finding a solution. She’s not comfortable with CIO, and isn’t able to co-sleep for medical reasons. She asked for more details about how I managed to get more […]

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The Tests of an Attachment Bond

January 16, 2011

As I’m working towards a more realistic routine with my children (one that allows all of us to get adequate sleep and me some time to myself), I’ve thought a lot about the purpose of attachment parenting. I’ve written about sleep and sleep-training (a phrase I hate, by-the-way), and also about crying and allowing children […]

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