Monday, May 21, 2007

Attachment Parenting

Recently read the spring issue of Attachment Parenting, the journal of API. I wasn't aware before, but they just changed their "Eight Ideals" to the "Eight Principles." The new principles are much more broad (and I daresay generic!). While I appreciate the intent (better meet the needs of more parents and better accommodate differences), I sort of get the feeling that their message has been weakened by the changes. I just wonder if they are losing effectiveness by being so nonspecific (i.e. "feed with love and respect" used to be "breastfeed." Now, the explanation of the principle doesn't even mention the word breastfeeding!) The newly redone principles are:
  1. Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
  2. Feed with Love and Respect
  3. Respond with Sensitivity
  4. Use Nurturing Touch
  5. Engage in Nighttime Parenting
  6. Provide Consistent and Loving Care
  7. Practice Positive Discipline
  8. Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life

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