Wordless Wednesday: Natural Parenting Philosophy

This week we’re talking about parenting philosophies at Natural Parents Network, such as attachment parenting, radical unschooling, and the like. For Wordless Wednesday, we asked: What does your natural parenting philosophy look like?

daddy and Brady at the beach
Physical closeness is important for both the mommy/baby pair and the daddy/baby pair.
Daddy and 8-month-old Brady get in some bonding time at the beach.
Jessica blogs at Cloth Diapering Mama.

attachment parenting collage
Starting at top left corner clockwise:
Aelyn at 1 year taking a nap while snuggled close to mama in the Ergo.
Aelyn is currently still enjoying her nursies at 18 months.
Four-year-old Layla still loves mama cuddles, too.
Family bed for a family of four.
Melissa blogs at Simple Whimsy.

3-year-old in a ring sling
From Shannon: “My almost 3 year old has recently started insisting that she is a baby all the time. Fortunately, I discovered that our ring sling is very comfortable now that she can support some of her own weight.”
Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes.

Daddy Babywearing Kyra 4 months
From Luschka: “Daddy babywearing Kyra on a very early cold walk in the fields. We believe that learning starts at home, and from birth. We’ve wanted to instill the things we love in our daughter, despite not living in a place that would naturally allow her to learn them. We’ve had to make special efforts, and we continue to do so.”
Luschka blogs at Diary of a First Child.

eating spaghetti
This is an example of feeding with love and respect. Mama Mo lets her 11-month-old twins feed themselves; it’s an exercise in independence and sensory exploration. Spaghetti is good to eat AND it feels so neat!
Mama Mo blogs at Attached at the Nip.

close enough to kiss
From Samantha: “I love babywearing because it keeps my baby safe and happy,
and makes ME Happy because HE is happy and I can get things done or relax!”
Samantha and her 3-month-old son in a Moby wrap.
Samantha blogs at Mama Notes.

Tell us: What does your parenting philosophy look like?

For some more parenting philosophies, enjoy this week’s articles so far and check back the rest of the week for more!

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11 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Natural Parenting Philosophy

  1. Momma Jorje

    I love that bed set up Simple Whimsy is using! I used a toddler bed as a sidecar with my older daughter. It was SO convenient!

    And that spaghetti! Kudos to Mama Mo!

  2. Aleksandra  

    I love the last one. My 3 year old still cuddles in my lap for breakfast time and it is one of the best parts of my day.

  3. Melissa  

    Beautiful photos! Love them 🙂

  4. Pamela  

    I miss my son being so close to me in the Moby Wrap! You explain it exactly. Warm and safe. Having the ability to have both hands free and have my baby nestled against me…It was worth the extra body heat even though I do live in FL. I love your approach.

  5. Melissa (MamaWhimsy)

    Seeing daddy’s wearing their babies always melts my heart. These are beautiful. Thanks for including us this week!

  6. Rachael  

    Showing our parenting philosophy would require (at least) two photos: one showing the cuddles, and one showing the Critter venturing out into the world, perhaps running ahead of me at the park. For us, attachment means both intimacy and freedom.

    Love the photos!

  7. Melissa (MamaWhimsy)

    Ack, sorry for the typos! That was supposed to be daddies.

  8. alissa apel

    The bed set up is great!

  9. Michelle @ The Parent Vortex  

    It’s pretty hard to think of a single photo that shows our parenting philosophy, but I think that these photos all show moms and dads with a strong attachment and healthy sense of humour. 🙂 I love seeing babywearing daddies too.

  10. Sara @ Halfway Crunchy  

    Oh those dads kill me! There is nothing sweeter than a dad wearing his child IMO.

  11. Stefany T

    My kiddo won’t let me babywear anymore. I miss it!