Attachment Parenting Canada Association ™
Whats New at APCA?
AP Canada Celebrates our 20th Anniversary!
We are excited because this is our 20th anniversary year! Judy Arnall and the lovely Debbie Treijs began an attachment parenting group in Calgary in May 1996 with the encouragement of Dr. Sears, and the help of Barb Nicholson and Lysa Parker, who they found on the internet in 1996 - the year the internet was widespread. Our first AP website had a train on it! We were the Calgary voice of attachment parenting with Tammy as our leader for many years and then went across Canada in 2009. We look forward to the coming months pulling together our live online parenting conference and building a redesigned website under the new leadership of incoming president, Brandie Hadfield.
We wish to extend a big welcome to new board members, Natasha and Kimberley, who have agreed to their positions at the AGM. We look forward to getting to know you and benefiting from your amazing talents. We send a sad good-bye to Val Ritter and Kirsten Shrawder who have contributed lots of ideas at meetings. We will miss you and thank you so much for your service, support and friendship.
Our goal is to be a united voice for attachment parenting information, support and advocacy, across Canada from BC to NL. If you know of more AP supporters who would like to join the board from provinces other than Alberta and Ontario, please let them and us know.
Stay tuned for good things coming up!
We get asked all the time about which sleep program is best for tired parents. There really is no good sleep class, program or coaching session other than to provide empathy and support for tired parents. I'm a bit wary of "sleep coaches" who charge $400 for a package and have no training other than a canned program from a dubious creator, with iffy credentials, that prey on the desperation of tired parents. However, if you wish to buy support, go for it, even though it seems pricey. So here is some solid evidence based advice from a mom who is a Certified Family Educator and Mom of five picky sleepers that all now sleep through the night and morning too as teens:
The bottom line is that all babies eventually learn to put themselves to sleep, whether you train them or not, all babies learn self-soothing techniques on their own, all parents of children under age 5 are tired, and there is no cure for wakeful babies other than brain development and maturation. That is why there are so many coaches, books and classes on sleep - because there is no magic cure. A study from the US showed that 70% of parents with children under age 5, get up at some point in the night, either from taking kids back to bed, or getting up with them for baby feeding, nightmares, teething, separation anxiety, night terrors, or hunger. Most children, by the age of five, sleep rather well. The best way parents can get sleep is to stop paying money for wishful thinking and plan how you can cope with tiredness and figure out the best way for the whole family to sleep without tears.Check out Brandie's new free webinar on research-based facts on baby sleep
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Attachment Parenting in the News
Just found this video on youtube of Buffy breastfeeding a baby in the 1970's
Duchess Kate Practices Attachment Parenting - US Weekly Dec 2, 2013
Duchess Kate practices Attachment Parenting! Read the article Dec 2, 2013 in US Weekly
Finally, popular media catches up with the research. This photo is from the ad campaign from Health Canada.
ParentsCanada Magazine, December 2013, "Attachment Parenting: Is it for you?"
Judy Arnall, President of Attachment Parenting Canada discusses the AP style
What is Attachment Parenting?
Attachment parenting babies, toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged, and teenager children is a natural, instinctive approach to parenting and MAY involve breastfeeding, babywearing, and co-sleeping, BUT definitely embraces respectful communication, non-punitive guidance of behaviour, and a warm and nurturing, structured, parenting style, that includes nurturing, attentive response to both children's and parents' needs at the same time. It's a family-centerd parenting approach based on mutual respect between all family members.Attachment Parenting has 8 ideals:
- Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting
- Feed with Love and Respect
- Respond with Sensitivity
- Use Nurturing Touch
- Ensure Safe Sleep Physically and Emotionally
- Provide Consistent and Loving Care
- Practice Positive Discipline
- Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life
Peace in the world begins in the home. Healthy, respectful, peaceful, nurturing, supported and educated families are the building blocks of a healthy and peaceful society.
We are a non-profit organization of parents and professionals dedicated to providing parents, caregivers, and organizations, support for their parenting practices and services, validation for their parenting choices and current evidence-based information in order to make the best decisions for their parenting practices. Our information is provided through print, online, classes, articles, books and speakers for parents, caregivers and organizations.
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