My first child was a perfect baby. She ate and played and smiled, and then when she was tired, she put herself to sleep. She even slept through the night. I thought I was a perfect mother. (What was everyone else doing wrong?) But my second child wasn’t quite so obliging. Cracks began to appear in my perfect mother image. My third child? When he joined our family, all my high opinions of myself fell in a heap. He had no routine whatsoever. It’s just as well I’d discovered attachment parenting by this time.
Yes, my ideas about parenting had changed. I could see that fulfilling a child’s needs, however much work that involves, is much more important than getting her into a routine and being able to boast, “I have a perfect child. She even sleeps through the night!”
A week or so ago, I shared an attachment parenting story from my archive on Facebook: How to Have Demanding Children Who Rule the House. And then I began thinking about attachment parenting and unschooling. Does one lead naturally to the other? I decided to mull over some ideas on this topic in this week’s podcast.
In episode 54:
- I talk about our past week. Are we ‘finishing up’ as Christmas approaches?
- I tell you about my older at-home daughters and their university experiences, as well as their plans for the Christmas break.
I also discuss the following questions:
- Why do attachment parenting and unschooling sometimes suffer from a negative image?
- Will attachment parenting result in demanding children who rule the house?
- What is the connection between attachment parenting and unschooling?
- Is unkindness ever justified?
- And what is the main message I’d like to share via my blog and podcast
So this week’s episode is called Attachment Parenting and Unschooling. I hope you’ll listen!
I’m going to take a break from podcasting over Christmas. (I might make one more episode this year.) I want to spend a few weeks concentrating on my family, and pondering some ideas for next year’s episodes. If there’s anything you’d particularly like me to talk about in a future episode, please let me know in a comment. I’d love to hear from you!Thank you for listening!