Attachment Parenting UK Director & author of the Positive Discipline eCourse
Michelle McHale is the founding director of the Attachment Parenting UK, writer, and the author of the APUK-accredited course in Positive Discipline. In 2010 McHale trained as a Peer Group Leader with Attachment Parenting International before going on to launch APUK in 2012.
As a registered Community Interest Company and social enterprise APUK is fulfilling McHale's mission to facilitate parents from feeling unsure and isolated to confident and well-connected. This is achieved by way of the online Positive Discipline Course, nationwide peer groups and 1-to-1 coaching.
McHale is mother to 2 young girls, a public speaker and writes for Mother&Baby magazine in the 'Here to Help' section and is a fellow on the School of Social Entrepreneurs program.
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 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.
If you want to make parenthood truly lousy then hold in mind an expectation that your baby should sleep through the night. Or your toddler. Or your pre-schooler. Marry unmet expectations with sleep deprivation and you have a potent dose of guilt, failure and worse still, resentment.
Is your bedside table stacked with books or muslins and wet wipes!? We've kept it so simple that we only chose five top books, the first of which is, in itself, the only book you might ever need. The rest have terrific value and can be referred to time and again.
Most children's experience of divorce will depend on how their parent's perceive their own situation. It is sometimes possible to separate with compassion, amicability and with a loving belief that, as author Bryon Katie says, "If I lose anyone or anything, I've been spared."
Attachment Parenting (AP) isn't something parents can follow - it's simply our default setting. AP isn't prescriptive because it doesn't see problems that need fixing - instead it's a return to something we already know to feel good - that's why parents who do it, continue to do it.
01/08/2016 12:39 BST
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