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I also just do what feels right to me and it just happens that most things fall under the AP way of things. I didn't research AP while pregnant but thanks to JM I knew a little about it. It wasn't until after Alivia was born though that I realized that I agreed with so much of the AP way of doing things.
I have almost always been AP in the sense that I follow the lead of my kids. However, I didn't practice it like I wish I would have cause I didn't have any information on it or really know alternatives to what I did.
I was a very miserable TP mom for a long time because I just did what everyone else told me I should. "they" said- if you don't spank them, they will walk all over you, blah. I listened and I am still so mad at myself for it. I am SO thankful for JM and Michelle for showing this board. I have learned SO much and changed my ways a lot and my whole family is a lot happier. Its so great to follow your instincts and know that you are doing everything right for your family.
For me I knew about AP parenting before having kids...or even getting married to my current husband. My Best friend had kids way before me...she has a 4 1/2 year old, a 6 year old and a 10 year old. So for me I Was exposed to most AP things that way and also the term.
I read up on AP parenting while preggo with Lil Jimmy...plus we were foster parents during that and before that and we used AP parenting doing that also!
I had an idea of how I wanted to be a a parent when I was pregnant but I didn't really know it had a name until I heard about it on JM then I found this board. It just makes sense to me to parent this way. Treat them how you would want to be treated, give respect to get respect ect...
Last edited by ~Averie'sMama~; May 17th, 2010 at 06:48 PM.
I didn't realize that my parenting style had a name until I asked for some advice in my PR one day and someone suggested that I come here. This board has been great for support and I look forward to being able to lean on you ladies as Echo grows up and different challenges come forth.
I just started off doing what I felt was right. I didn't realize there was a name for the type of parenting that I was doing for Devan until one of my close friends called me an "attachment parent." She also called me other names (lovingly!) and teased me (she's very much not an AP mama, ha). So, I looked on JM to see if there was an AP area and there was And it fits my parenting style perfectly!
I had no idea AP existed. I also did not plan how I would parent before having Colin. I just did what felt right and went with my instincts. Now, I read more about AP to get me through the stressful times (crabby baby, teething, no sleep, etc) and to help me learn the best ways to parent as he gets older as well.