Attachment Parenting Sites

What is attachment parenting?  It is a style of parenting that puts the child's needs first and respects the child.  It usually includes extended breastfeeding, sharing sleep (or family-bed), baby-wearing, limited time spent away from baby if any, gentle discipline (no spanking, etc. - see "20 Alternatives to Punishment" by Aletha Solter, PhD.), and child-led weaning.  It is best explained by Dr. Sears, who coined the phrase "attachment parenting".  For me, I believe you can be an attached parent by striving to achieve all of these things but it is not necessary to do all... (such as in the situation where a single mother must work out of the home to support her family or a woman is unable to breastfeed despite her best efforts, etc.)   All families are different and the children's needs can differ as well, putting them first as well as respecting their needs, etc. is what defines this style of parenting.

I came across this poem one day and thought is depicted attachment parenting very well!  It is by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton and first appeared in Ladies Home Journal, October, 1958 (thanks Zan for giving me that info!) 

Mother, oh mother, come shake out your cloth! 
empty the dustpan, poison the moth, 
hang out the washing and butter the bread, 
sew on a button and make up a bed. 
where is the mother whose house is so shocking? 
she's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking! 

Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue 
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo) 
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due 
(Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek a boo) 
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew 
and out in the yard there's a hullabaloo 
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my roo 
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue? 
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo) 

Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow, 
but children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow. 
So quiet down cobwebs.  Dust, go to sleep. 
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep. 
Attachment Parenting International 
Attachment Home Page 
Positive Parenting 
CNN - Study: Well-hugged babies make less-stressed adults 
The Primal Parenting Awareness Center 
The Whole Family Attachment Parenting Association 
Attachment and Bonding 
Nurturing Magazine 
Kidz Are People Too 
Lonnit's Instinctive Parenting Site 
Mommy's Corner of the Web  
The Natural Child Project 

I am a  SAH-AP  mom.
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