My Interview About Attachment Parenting on Yes and Yes

by Dagmar Bleasdale on February 8, 2014

Have you ever wondered about attachment parenting?

Sarah from Yes and Yes asked me to write about my experience with attachment parenting for her True Stories interviews, and I was thrilled to answer her questions.

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I don’t get to write about attachment parenting, (extended) breastfeeding, or bed sharing much anymore now that L is 7 years old, so it was fun to revisit that time when L was little.

I’m still just as passionate about this parenting style and breastfeeding support, but writing about it just doesn’t come up as much now that L is older and I’m busy writing about decorating the Blue Cottage and DIY projects.

Here is the interview:

For those of us who don’t know, what is attachment parenting?

Attachment parenting to me means raising my son in a loving, compassionate way. I trust in my own inherent instincts as a mom and believe in making informed, gentle choices for our family.

What are some of the common misconceptions about attachment parenting?

I think some people think attachment parenting is indulgent; that we let our kids run our lives. Let me tell you, I won’t have a bratty child – I find that as unacceptable as the next person. In my experience gentle parenting and being confident in making the parenting choices that feel right to me and our family even when outsiders don’t approve just works.

A lot of people are opposed to attachment parenting because it seems ‘inconvenient.’ Have you found that to be true?

Millions of moms have practiced attachment parenting because it’s convenient and feels natural – I don’t think they would if it was an imposition. I had the opposite experience of feeling inconvenienced: having my son sleep next to me let me just latch him on when he wanted to feed during the night – I never had to get up and make a bottle.

Read the whole article here: True Story: I Attachment Parent

Thanks for asking, Sarah!

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