Sarah Palin and Attachment Parenting - Red and Blue Make Purple

Sarah Palin fascinates me. A conservative woman and an ambitious, working Mom. It doesn't fit into the every day definitions of how we divide the red and the blue and I love reading about how people react to her. It got me to thinking, I wonder what the Attachment Parenting folks think? I've said already in this post, that if I met Dr. Sears, the father of Attachment Parenting, I would punch him... ...more

What deschooling means to me

The last day of school came and went quietly. I stood outside the school gates as usual, under an umbrella in a sudden and violent downpour so typical of these mountains in the summer. Bubble came out of the classroom as she always does, with her dripping school books and paintings under one arm and a piece of paper that told us she had officially completed three years of maternelle pre-school here in France in a grubby hand. She showed no remorse at leaving, just a preoccupation with small things, as any typical five year old has. ...more

Today's Parenting Mantra: To Getting Out the Guilt!

A moment came over me as I was reading one book by an older venerable parenting source, Waldorf educator Rahima Baldwin, and one more recent: the Sears family. As I made connections between the two, I hit upon a little parenting mantra, and some thoughts about parental guilt. read more... ...more

Upside of Lazy

I always considered my self as “energy optimizing”… that is I’d like to do the least amount work for the maximum amount of benefit. OK, my husband would just call me lazy. However, I think there are some merits to what he would call laziness and what I would call smart about use of time and energy… particularly when it comes to parenting. And I think this philosophy fits well with the overall Cave Baby Theory. ...more

Baby Rat Race

Ok, so our daughter is 2 years 4 months… and all the other mommies are exploring preschools. The general “rule” is 2 years 9 months and potty trained as a starting time/point for preschool, at least in the Bay Area. ...more

I hear you loud and clear.  I have a person whom I know whose child has been in school part ...more

Attachment parenting works for us & announcements from API

As 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. ...more

A New Site, a New Direction for Attachment Parenting International

When I was pregnant with Gabriel, I picked up a copy of The Baby Book from the Sears Parenting Library and started reading about his "Baby Bs" (breastfeeding, babywearing, etc.) and Attachment Parenting. I had never heard of the term before, but the more I read, the more I knew that this was the respectful, loving way that I wanted to raise my child. ...more

Co-sleeping is beautiful

Before I became a mother, I remember sitting in my living room. My husband and I were meeting with our Doula and she was talking to us about future parenting decisions. She asked us if we would co-sleep. I remember my husband and I looked at each other with funny expressions on our faces and we both said, "Ehh, no we don't want him in our bed. He has a room and a crib upstairs". Well, fastforward to our stay at the hospital after giving birth and you will find a beautiful sleeping baby curled up next to his momma on the bed. The hospital staff thought it was charming. ...more

Child Led Weaning

An online friend was gracious enough to post my breastfeeding story on her breastfeedingmums.com site recently. I thought my blog readers might enjoy it as well. ...more

Attachment parenting also happened very naturally for us although I only nursed the oldest ...more