This is part 2 of my Living the Attachment Parenting life set. You can see part 1 here.
Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally – Co-sleeping has been such a blessing. Peanut definitely loves his night-time feedings, so this lets me feed him and still get some rest because he is an EARLY riser. I know that it is controversial but I feel if it works for you and you do it safely, go for it. I understand that this does not work for everyone, but don’t bash me because it works for me.
Provide Consistent and Loving Care – We are blessed that I have been able to stay home with Peanut. I guess, with any stay home parent, that parent is the favorite. He can count on me to be there if he is upset or needs something. My husband and mother are frequently here, and while he adores them, no one can replace mommy.
Practice Positive Discipline – I think this is hard for most people, especially creating a “yes” environment. I have noticed that he REALLY hates being told no, and will throw a full-out tantrum. It is much easier for both of us, to find an alternative to what he was doing, and continue about our day.
Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life – Balance is definitely the area I struggle with most. Staying at home with Peanut tends to mean I have no time for myself. When everyone gets home, its time for dinner, bath, bed, repeat. Having my mother around is such a blessing because she is able to watch him so we can occasionally get away for us time. 🙂
Now, don’t get overwhelmed. Like most other AP parents, I do what I can and don’t stress the rest. Living all 8 principles does not make you a better parent than someone who only follows one or two.
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