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Attachment Parenting: It Might Not Be What You Think It Is

Attachment ParentingAttachment Parenting is enveloped in confusion and opinion. It is often perceived as a fringe or extreme approach to parenting, though parents who practice it are simply following their instincts for attunement with their child. You may be practicing it yourself without even realising it.

A Brief History

Attachment Parenting International (API) was founded 25 years ago by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker, in Nashville, Tennessee. They were mothers and teachers who noticed a growing need among students for greater family security and caregiver availability. They founded API to bring information and support to parents through a centralised collection of resources.

Today, the Attachment Parenting movement is well-established. Most parents recognise the power of touch, positive discipline and other Attachment Parenting practices. However, the essence of Attachment Parenting has been muddled. It is often confused with other parenting styles, such as permissive parenting (placing very few rules, expectations or demands on the child), helicopter parenting (like helicopters, parents ‘hover overhead’ to oversee every aspect of their child’s life) and natural parenting (centred on meeting the child’s needs and encouraging them to develop at their own pace). API approaches parenting in ways that can be adapted by any parent with the goal and desire of helping children reach their fullest individual potential. Continue reading

Tribal Hearts Festival – Brand new Family Festival in Bucks for 2016

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12th – 14th August 2016 – Green Park, Buckinghamshire

Imagine a festival with a difference – a retreat where families come together as one big tribe for a moment in time. A home where hearts beat in time with the earth, hands reach out to connect with one another, and our words meet little ears with compassion to nurture.

Tribal Hearts Festival brings natural living and family life together with workshops, children’s activities, stalls and entertainment and will take place on 12th – 14th August 2016 at Green Park in Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire.

 

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