learn about attachment parenting

Baby wearing, co-sleeping, breastfeeding: these are a few of the techniques that commonly fall under the “attachment parenting” umbrella. If you are interested in more detailed information, or are seeking support from like-minded parents, consider attending a meeting of the Saskatoon Attachment Parenting group.

“Attachment parenting is a philosophy based in practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds between the infant and parents,” said Kim Biro, a local attachment-parenting mom. “This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to the infant or child’s emotional needs and develops trust that their emotional needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps the child develop secure, peaceful and enduring relationships.”

Attachment parenting focuses on the following parenting principles:
~ Prepare for pregnancy and birth
~ Feed with love and respect
~ Respond with sensitivity
~ Use nurturing touch
~ Ensure safe sleep physically and emotionally
~ Provide consistent and loving care
~ Practice positive discipline
~ Strive for balance in personal and family life

Saskatoon Attachment Parenting meetings are held at 10 a.m. on the third Friday of every month, with the exception of July and August. The meetings take place in the basement of Augustana Lutheran Church, 1201 Broadway Avenue South. (Enter through the north door.) Needless to say, children are always welcome to the meetings.

More information about attachment parenting is available through Attachment Parenting International. There is also a local Yahoo.com group providing online attachment parenting support to more than 100 Saskatchewan moms.




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