Attachment Parenting

Parenting: Have You Taken On The Wrong Job Description?

Michelle McHale | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle McHale

We can't protect our children from sadness any more than we can from joy. If we can love our children through all their moods, free of anxiety and responsibility-weary guilt, maybe we can become powerful models of self-acceptance and trust.

Sleep Deprivation: How To Survive And Still Adore Your Baby

Michelle McHale | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle McHale

Sleep deprivation kills motivation, desire, and mood and is often the biggest challenge to enjoying your child as opposed to getting through the day (and night). The lens of sleeplessness colours our world very differently because sleep is the first step to coping.

Building A Bond With My Son

Sarah Fisher | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Fisher

As a parent we want to build a bond with our child and when I adopted my son I thought it would be relatively easy to do. After all, I'd had some training, done some reading and was used to working with children, how hard could it be?

'Mum, Where Are You?'

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

Indeed, this supremely capable youngest child of ours has all the appropriate tools to live independently, but the choice to be independent is entirely hers. Practicality might dictate that she leaves her supremely happy and safe childhood home, but there is no must.

Which Parenting Method Is Right For You?

The Huffington Post | Georgia James | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Parents

Breastfeeding vs bottle-feeding, sleep routine vs no routine, stay-at-home mums vs working mums: parenting is fraught with dichotomies. As a result, n...

Can You Love Your Baby Too Much?

Deb Bunn | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

When I was waiting for my miracle baby, I was desperate to be a mUmmy. It was a real biological need to have a child. My friends had already started their families and being with their children and my nieces and nephews cemented my belief that I would enjoy being a mummy, but I had no idea that I'd love it this much!

Attachment, Babies and Carrying

Rosie Knowles | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Parents
Rosie Knowles

Carrying a baby provides this loving touch; a great sense of familiarity and normality for a newborn. Being able to hear the muffled thump of a heartbeat and the rhythm of regular breathing, gentle pressure from arms that means secure rest and peaceful sleep, a scent that means safety and nourishment all help to activate the parasympathetic system and create calm, which facilitates the building of bonds.

Mother Judgement - The Problem With Extreme Parenting Styles

Anne Marshall | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Parents
Anne Marshall

At one time I thought that women could save the world. Now I know we can't. We're too busy judging each other. Sad, but true. It starts with hairstyles and clothes, before moving on to our figures and boyfriends, and then lands with a merciless thud on Motherhood.

Seven Reasons to Carry Your Baby

Rosie Knowles | Posted 27.05.2017 | UK Parents
Rosie Knowles

The practice of carrying babies in soft slings or carriers, known as "babywearing", is becoming more common in modern parenting circles. Truth be told, however, the practice of carrying children is far from newfangled; it is ancient and part of the human story.

When 'Equal' Doesn't Mean 'The Same'

Natasha Batsford | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Natasha Batsford

We could teach our children that whether they pee standing up or sitting down should not make the slightest difference to whether they earn a fair wage, or feel safe walking home, or have their words taken seriously.

On Raising Limitless Children

Tanita Taylor | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK Parents
Tanita Taylor

I believe that limitations are self-created through fear. In order to grow and evolve we need to let go of this fear that we hold onto. I have found as I have let go of my fears I have stopped putting them on my children.

Attachment Parenting: Do We Really Need this Label?

Amanda Jenner | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Parents
Amanda Jenner

Parenting labels can make those who don't follow such an approach feel inferior or worry that they're a terrible parent. They can also make those who do follow such approach feel guilty when perhaps they just want a break from it or to steer off course slightly.

My Husband Ignored My Cries

Lottie Daley | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Parents
Lottie Daley

It's bedtime Sophie. You have to learn to self settle, otherwise you will be too dependant on him and that's not acceptable. You will never learn to be a cold and detached adult if he gives in and cuddles you. Sorry but its best for everyone.

The Pressure of Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum

Natasha Batsford | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

In three short months my son starts home-schooling. In my head that statement reads slightly differently; it reads more along the lines of "holy shit we're about to become responsible for the entire future well-being of our child!!"

Parenting and Body Image

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

The world is watching and analysing the physiques of women in the public eye as a kind of first-world sport, and hypothesising obsessively about their diets, feeding the consciousnesses of young girls with drivel about who they should be and what they should look like and telling them they really should care an awful lot about those things, or else.

Shit Advice About Baby Sleep

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

It's fitting, really, that in the month I've assigned, "Weaning with Respect Month", another self-appointed baby sleep trainer has taken the opportunity to show how little he/they knows/know about newborn babies, their nutritional needs, their slumber needs, and basically anything about anything related to any of their needs.

Baby Wearing and the Timid Toddler

Natasha Batsford | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

I've heard it a lot over the last few years, both overtly and also from people telling me the wisdom of their own parenting approach in very pointed tones as if it might lead to an epiphany where I throw out my slings while bemoaning the fact that my children will never learn to walk.

Making Sense of Co-Sleeping Advice

Natasha Batsford | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

From the time we get pregnant, we are given advice by medical professionals, websites, friends, family and sometimes complete bloody strangers all of whom want us to believe that if we follow their advice, we can guarantee that our children will avoid harm.

Breastfeeding: Love, Not Judgement

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

To say that breastmilk is more nutritionally and immunologically comprehensive than infant formula milk isn't being rude, or trying to make anyone feel bad, or just being mean. It's true.

10 Things Not to Say to a News Editor About Being an Older Mother

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

I'm extremely blessed to be the mother of a wonderful, exuberant and thriving two-year-old and (in common with mothers everywhere) I'm doing the best I can for my daughter to ensure she has a happy childhood, and a safe and secure future. Sometimes that's OK, but often the journalist will prod, looking for an angle, "How do you deal with the negative view of older parents?"

Attachment Parenting IS Feminist

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Attachment parenting doesn't acknowledge capitalism or patriarchy as deities the way mainstream parenting does. Attachment parenting (the practices involved in) supports a woman's right to understand how her body works, how powerful she is in the life of her child and in wider society and how awesome her biology is.

Tramps Like Us

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

Breastfeeding her child in public had a young woman anonymously labelled a 'tramp'. This in turn led to a number of well attended mass breastfeeding gatherings throughout the UK. A great show of solidarity, women highlighting their right to breastfeed in public.

Calling Time on Breastfeeding?

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

I have spoken to women who wanted to nurse their babies but couldn't, or decided enough was enough after a few weeks. Many women have perfectly healthy infants and decided right at the start that breastfeeding just wasn't for them, and others are still feeding five-year-olds. I was lucky in that I decided to nurse and, with help, was able to.

Breastfeeding Advocacy Isn't Anti-Formula Feeders

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

So, here's what breastfeeding-advocacy isn't: It isn't anti-formula users. Breastfeeding advocacy is about wanting new parents to have access to ALL the facts about how they feed their babies. This includes the risks of using formula milk as a breastmilk substitute...

Breastfeeding: Who Are You Really Doing It For?

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Why are we, as a culture, creeped out by the idea of a woman wholeheartedly enjoying breastfeeding? We're uncomfortable at the suggestion that a woman might exercise such autonomy over her body that she breastfeeds beyond infancy and might actually LIKE DOING SO.