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Bring your baby to work July 18, 2007

Filed under: Natural Family Living, Attachment Parenting — apconnect @ 3:19 pm

For most of human history, mothers kept their babies with them while they worked to support their families. However, after the Industrial Revolution, having children in a work environment was no longer feasible. Society became fragmented — children separated from their parents, and parents often separated from society.

It’s time for a change, says BabiesAtWork.org. Visit this fantastic new resource site and learn:

  • Why bringing babies to work works
  • Benefits for families
  • Benefits for businesses
  • Benefits for society
  • How to arrange bringing your baby to work
  • Tips for parents at work
  • Converted skeptics
  • Quotes from companies
  • Baby-friendly company list
  • Raising happy babies
  • Solutions for colic
  • And more!

So what are you waiting for? Get to work! Visit BabiesAtWork.org.

 

Help Getting Started With Cloth Diapers July 9, 2007

Filed under: Diapering & EC, Natural Family Living, Attachment Parenting — apconnect @ 9:54 am

Let’s face it: cloth diapering can look a little intimidating from the outside: what to buy, how many diapers you need, what types are available, how to store dirty diapers, how to wash diapers and covers … There’s a lot of information out there on the internet, but lucky Dallas/Fort Worth residents have a hands-on advantage: the D/FW Real Diaper Circle. The Circle is dedicated to helping local parents get started with cloth diapering.

The D/FW Real Diaper Circle is part of the national Real Diaper Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offering cloth diaper support and education to parents across the country. The goal of the Real Diaper Association is to put more U.S. babies in cloth diapers. They aim to create a cultural shift in American attitudes toward cloth diapers — their environmental impact, their ease of use, their accessibility and their acceptability. The RDA’s goal: to get parents to consider cloth diapers as “real diapers.”

Why cloth? Here’s what the RDA has to say: (more…)

 

New local holistic parenting e-mail group for D/FW June 11, 2007

Filed under: Playgroups & Gatherings, Natural Family Living, Attachment Parenting — apconnect @ 12:18 am

A new holistic email group for local parents has recently popped up on the Dallas/Fort Worth scene: the DFW Holistic Parenting Yahoo group. The new group is designed for families interested in a holistic lifestyle or learning more about it.

The group intends to cover issues including whole food nutrition, breastfeeding, not vaccinating, attachment parenting, babywearing, cloth diapering, elimination communication, co-sleeping, gentle discipling, child development, child and family fitness, health and wellness care, chiropractic, emotional health, homeopathy, child friendly and safe products, earth friendly living and other various relating topics.

Find this e-mail discussion list at DFW Holistic Parenting Yahoo group.

 

Connect with Local AP Families June 9, 2007

Filed under: Playgroups & Gatherings, Attachment Parenting, What's Happening — apconnect @ 9:54 pm

Don’t just read about attachment parenting in books and online — connect with other local AP families at Attachment Parenting International (API) of North Dallas/Plano.  An affiliate of Attachment Parenting International, the group is a forum for parents in the North Dallas/Plano area who are dedicated to the natural parenting style of attachment parenting.

Attachment parenting practices revolve around eight ideals. These practices, which address the parents role from birth through adulthood, are:

  1. Maintain balance in your personal and family life
  2. Preparation for childbirth
  3. Feeding with love and tenderness
  4. Babywearing and nurturing touch
  5. Sharing sleep
  6. Responding with sensitivity
  7. Avoid frequent or prolonged separations
  8. Positive discipline (more…)

 

The Latest Fashion Accessory for the Hip Mama: Your Baby May 11, 2007

Filed under: Natural Family Living, Attachment Parenting, Products & Services — apconnect @ 7:22 pm

Brooke Shields does it. Kate Hudson and Cindy Crawford do it, too. Courteney Cox-Arquette and Gwyneth Paltrow have been spotted doing it, as well. Wearing your baby — in a baby carrier, sling or wrap — is fast becoming the way to get out and about with the little ones.

Long advocated by breastfeeding and attachment parenting advocates, babywearing is taking on a modern twist. Celebrities saddle up with $700 Gucci baby carriers, fashionistas order custom slings to match the season’s trends and individualists tie on embroidered silk mei tais. (more…)

 

Plano Playgroups — Let’s Play! May 9, 2007

Let’s play!

Meet other natural-minded families at a Plano-area playgroup. To list or find Plano playgroup, please register and post a comment on this thread. (All comments are moderated, so there will be a short delay before your post will appear.) Please use discretion when revealing your real name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, children’s names and ages and other personal information.

 

Meet local AP parents online May 8, 2007

Filed under: Playgroups & Gatherings, Attachment Parenting — apconnect @ 4:11 pm

Meet local families who practice attachment parenting and natural family living through AP Dallas Moms, a Yahoo! e-mail list serving the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. Established in 2003, AP Dallas Moms has nearly 200 members who chat regularly about:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Extended nursing and child-led weaning
  • Baby wearing
  • Continued physical contact for older kids (lots of hugs, etc.)
  • co-sleeping
  • Gentle discipline (including no spanking or humiliation)
  • Listening and responding to child’s cues
  • Treating children with respect and dignity
  • Emphasizing and respecting individuality
 

Mid-Cities Playgroups — Let’s Play!

Filed under: Playgroups & Gatherings, Green Family, Attachment Parenting — apconnect @ 9:45 am

Let’s play!

Meet other natural-minded families at a Mid Cities-area playgroup.

To list or find a Mid-Cities playgroup, please register and post a comment on this thread. (All comments are moderated, so there will be a short delay before your post will appear.) Please use discretion when revealing your real name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, children’s names and ages and other personal information

 

Dallas Playgroups — Let’s Play! May 7, 2007

Let’s play!

Meet other natural-minded families at a Dallas-area playgroup.

To list or find a Dallas playgroup, please register and post a comment on this thread. (All comments are moderated, so there will be a short delay before your post will appear.) Please use discretion when revealing your real name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, children’s names and ages and other personal information.

 

Fort Worth Playgroups — Let’s Play! May 6, 2007

Let’s play!

Meet other natural-minded families at a Fort Worth-area playgroup.

To list or find a Fort Worth playgroup, please register and post a comment on this thread. (All comments are moderated, so there will be a short delay before your post will appear.) Please use discretion when revealing your real name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, children’s names and ages and other personal information.

 

What is Attachment Parenting? May 4, 2007

Filed under: Natural Family Living, Attachment Parenting — apconnect @ 8:58 pm

Respect … Trust … Patience … Attachment parenting refers to a gentle, holistic style of parenting that emphasizes parent-child bonding. Attachment parenting allows your children to move through normal developmental stages at a natural pace, unhurried by modern pressures for “early independence” and separation from their parents and family. (more…)

 

Does cosleeping really lead to SIDS?

Does sharing a bed with your baby really lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)? Are pacifiers really a smart way of preventing SIDS? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says yes — but an independent review of the same research the AAP used to come to its conclusions paints a very different picture. (more…)