Parenting is one of the toughest jobs . And once your child becomes an adolescent, they may start to act out and make it even harder. Intellectually, you know that your child will pass through this phase but emotionally, it can be tough to cope with their behavior and mood swings.
It’s not uncommon for a parent to want to give up or walk away. But before you do, know that there are plenty of ways to help you get through these trying parenting moments and come out on the other side. Here are some things to do when parenting children becomes too much.
What is Attachment Parenting
What is attachment parenting? Attachment parenting is an approach to child-upbringing that promotes the idea of healthy attachment. The approach includes close physical contact, breastfeeding, sleeping in the same bed as your baby, and carrying your baby in a sling. It recognizes the importance of physical closeness and skin-to-skin contact, as discussed in the below link http://attachmentparenting.com/resources/
The 7 B’s of attachment parenting?
One of the most key aspects of parenting is bonding with your child. You want to establish a close emotional connection with them.
To do so, you need to connect on an emotional level first. This means that you have to be involved in their lives and meet their needs without judgment. There are a number of ways you can establish this bond, such as through breastfeeding, bathing your child together, holding them often, and more. This attachment parenting method is often called “The 7 B’s of Attachment Parenting,” and it consists of the following:
– Bathing together
– Being present for birth/bonding
– Baby wearing
What does attachment parenting NOT look like?
One of the things parents hear about attachment parenting is that it is all about co-sleeping and breastfeeding.
While it’s true that those are part of attachment parenting, they’re not the only components. Co-sleeping and breastfeeding are just two out of five attachment parenting principles.
The other three are:
– Attachment: Emotional connection between child and caregiver;
– Trust: Child trusts adults; caretaker can trust a child to behave appropriately in different circumstances;
Autonomy: Children can make decisions for themselves instead of being told what to do or what is best for them by adults.
What does attachment parenting look like?
“Attachment parenting is a style of parenting that promotes the physical and emotional attachment between parent and baby from birth. It also includes practices such as breastfeeding on demand, co-sleeping, and carrying your child in a sling.”
One form of attachment parenting is to breastfeed on demand. Breastfeeding on demand can provide many different benefits for both mom and baby. For the mom, it can help increase the production of oxytocin and prolactin hormones which have a calming effect. This can also help decrease stress and depression, which are common ailments for new mothers.
For the baby, breastfeeding provides a source of nutrition that is proven to be more easily digested than formula or other alternatives. Studies have shown that breastfeeding may also provide benefits such as improved social skills, lower risk of allergies, lower risk of asthma, etc. If interested in learning more about the various benefits associated with breastfeeding and attachment parenting, click here-http://www.attachmentparenting.org/