Lonnit's Wish List:
The Keys to Attachment Parenting Becoming the Norm
Mothers should see the value in staying home with their children. In
many cases, the costs of working include spending for daycare,
work-related wardrobe, eating lunch out, etc., and taxes! When you add
all of this up, you are left with very little "extra income". Very often
the mother's intentions are to provide "more" for her child. The child
would benefit far more from a stay-at-home mom than he or she would from
an extra toy or two and a family vacation! (Of course I am not referring
to special situations like single moms, extreme financial conditions, etc, where there is no other
option. In this case the "ideal" would be for the child to be cared for
by a close relative or truly caring nanny, in a one-on-one situation and not a crowded daycare
People should not plan on having a baby until they are emotionally
mature enough to be capable of making the baby the first priority in
Baby formula should be available by prescription only for use in
extremely rare cases where extenuating circumstances truly prevent breastfeeding from being possible.
Parents should be educated before the birth of the child in
attachment parenting. THE CONTINUUM CONCEPT by Jean
Liedloff should be required reading!
Doctors should not be allowed to dispense "parenting" advice. They are
not trained in this field and have no right to recommend "crying-it-out"
nor the perpetuation of any other bad parenting advice based on myths
Women must be educated in how to handle the barrage of
misinformation they will be bombarded with about breastfeeding.
Future grandparents should also attend classes of their own to learn the
difference between fact and fallicy.
We are born with wonderful instincts. We should not be condemned for
following them, whether it be to pick up our children when they cry, to
sleep with them in a family bed, nor to hold them close all day, etc.
Hitting a child, threatening them, disrespecting them in any way,
physically, mentally or emotionally, is completly unacceptable.
Truly natural childbirth should be the standard in normal delivery. Medical
intervention creates more problems than it prevents in what could have
been a normal, routine birth.
Every baby should be carried in a sling
to maintain the physical
closeness with a parent that they were so used to within the womb. The
toddler should continue to be carried to the point where the parent is
no longer physically capable of handling the weight of the child
comfortably. This usually works out in that as the child becomes more
capable of walking for longer distances the parent is less cabable of
handling the child's increasing weight for long periods of time!
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