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Attachment parenting is respecting a child and their spirit to the same level as any human being is to be treated. At a spiritual, physical, emotional and verbal level, an attached parent is sensitive to their offspring and to their needs. We respond to our bodies, babies and children with a positive attitude, gentle teaching and guidance as our main approach to parenting. We treat our pregnant bodies, babies and children with the upmost respect with the belief that enriches our children to grow into well adjusted human adults. Attached parenting just brings a few more natural tools to the table and seperates from a few other methods that make our parenting approach unique. We look at these approaches as an investment that will pay off later with the result of warm, caring, secure, well-adjusted children that grow into adults.
"Stressed babies grow into anxious adults." Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk from Dundee University
We believe that attachment parenting immunizes children against many of the social and emotional diseases that plague our society. ~ Dr. Bill Sears and Martha Sears, RN.
A gentle suggestion about posting
This area is designed to embrace gentle parenting solutions, including night time parenting, baby wearing, co-sleeping, feeding with love, and positive discipline. We practice gentle discipline with our children and can use those same techiques when on this board posting threads and responding to them. Refrain, reflect and reframe with respect. We have pregnant, nursing &/or post partum moms that come here to this board to celebrate their parenting experiences. From time to time talk about abuse, spanking, CIO, sleep training, baby training, (shaming) other parenting techiques, major family crisis and/or strong opinions may be better suited for other forums. Those subjects don't reflect the atmosphere we want and doesn't respect the emotional state of our members. The Traditional Parenting board, The Inlaws board, The Venting Room, Heated Debates, Survivor of Abuse, and the Divorce and Separation boards might be better alternatives for some of those threads and posts. Not only are those boards best to talk about those subjects but they are better suited to validate beliefs you might have and may give you some great suggestions our members may not be prepared to handle. Also a personal journal or blog may be a great place to verbalize your raw emotions enough to see how it can be reframed on the Attachment parenting board.
Lastly, If you see a thread or post that is offensive, please report it to a moderator, or pm a co-host. There is no need to respond to it if you feel there is no way to reframe it. That's ok because this is designed to be a great place in your free time. We spend much of our positive energy for our families. Let just keep the same peaceful tones and love we have for our families here too. Our hope is you leave AP refreshed, recharged and ready for another day.
The AP Hideaway is a safe place for our members from outsiders or lurkers. Please feel free to pm a co-host for that password if you are a regular attachment parenting member. Understandably there are just some subjects your AP friends need to be in the loop with.
Well open up your mind and see like me open up your plans and darn you're free look into your heart and you'll find love love love love listen to the music of the moment people dance and sing We're just one big family And it's our godforsaken right to be loved loved loved loved loved