This week we asked: How do you continue to practice attachment parenting with children who are past the baby stage?
From Saundra: “Anya (age 10) and I at a three-day outdoor music festival. Leave her at home with a sitter?
Oh, NO!!! We dance together!”
From Shannon: “This is my friend Willow with my daughter. I used to help Willow’s mother every summer when Willow was little. Her mother is one of the ones who taught me how to parent in an attached way. It has been a joy and an honor to know her kids as they grow into loving and family-connected adults.”
Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes.
Tannah’s mom, Shae, blogs at Yay for Home! She also wrote one of this week’s fabulous theme posts, “Attachment Parenting With Older Children,” which gives thoughtful encouragement and suggestions for continuing the connection as your children grow.
From Deb: “My husband and I practiced AP with our older children through homeschooling, always being there for them, and spending lots of happy family time throughout their lives. This is a photo of Will (18), Terry, me, and Christina (13) in Central Park during a homeschool/family trip to New York City that we took in combination with Will’s Professional Skaters Association conference in Connecticut in May 2003.”
Deb blogs at LivingMontessoriNow.com, where you can read more about Deb’s homeschooling experiences with her now-adult children.
Jessica blogs at Magical Madness.
From Dionna: “As Kieran rolls into his preschool years, we are finding that attachment parenting fits our needs more than ever. Gentle, respectful parenting has established an incredible foundation of love and trust, one that we want to continue throughout Kieran’s childhood. (And our preschooler isn’t too big for continued breastfeeding, babywearing, or cosleeping, either!)”
Dionna blogs at Code Name: Mama.
Emma gets some much-needed Mama cuddles — big kids need physical contact, too!
(photo credit: Mona @ kirida dot com)
Kristin blogs at Intrepid Murmurings.
From Mama Mo: “I’m the ‘older child’ in this picture. My mom attachment parented all three of us before there was a name for it. Attachment parenting never truly ends! My mom has influenced so many parents (current and future) through her example and advocacy. This is a picture of us together during my pregnancy with twins, who are now being naturally parented with lots of help from Nana!”
Mama Mo blogs at Attached at the Nip.
Tell us: What does AP look like for your family, once your kids are beyond the Baby Bs?
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