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Take time to peruse the different areas. You can choose to search based on specific terms or browse through the Eight Ideals. Each ideal contains pages discussing a variety of topics. If you have any suggestions or comments on page set-up, errors or content, please contact the site admin at: Wiki Admins
Disclaimer of Liability
Provision of education and research information only - always seek professional advice. This web site is presented by API of Peoria for the purpose of disseminating parenting information free of charge for the benefit of the public. This web site is not a substitute for independent professional advice. Nothing contained in this site is intended to be used as medical advice and it is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for your own health professional's advice. API of Peoria does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information.
What is Attachment Parenting?
Attachment Parenting is a philosophy based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between the infant and parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to the infant or child's emotional needs, and develops trust that their emotional needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps the child develop secure, empathic, peaceful and enduring relationships.
In conjunction with the work of Dr. William and Martha Sears, and informed by current research, API promotes The Eight Ideals of Attachment Parenting. Recognizing that every family is unique, these ideals are guidelines to help parents understand their baby's needs to develop a secure attachment.
The Eight Parenting Practices of Attachment Parenting
(For ease of compiling information, we will categorize most of the information under the basic Eight Ideals. If a topic is clearly not covered under the basic eight, then we will add the information in its appropriate spot in the Eight Ideals: Beyond the Early Years.)
- Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting
- Feed with Love and Respect
- Respond with Sensitivity
- Use Nurturing Touch
- Engage in Nighttime Parenting
- Provide Consistent and Loving Care
- Practice Positive Discipline
- Seek Balance in Your Family Life
The Eight Parenting Practices of Attachment Parenting: Beyond the Early Years
- Become knowledgeable about your child's development and cognitive levels.
- Stay emotionally responsive.
- Strive for optimum physical health.
- Maintain a high-touch relationship.
- Develop and maintain positive sleep routines.
- Be present and available for your children.
- Use positive discipline.
- Maintain balance in your life.
Are you an Attachment Parent?
Some would answer that question with an emphatic "Yes!" But some might repeat the question to themselves and say, "I don't know - I think so - am I?" or, "I don't think so. I don't practice all of the AP ideals".
We are often contacted by parents like a mother who recently asked, "I didn't breastfeed my baby, I try to babywear, I like the idea of having an attached relationship and using positive discipline...is it OK to practice some of the ideals and not others? Am I still welcome among your group of attachment parents?"
Welcome to Attachment Parenting International of Peoria, Illinois
Attachment Parenting International of Peoria (API of Peoria) is a nonprofit affiliate of Attachment Parenting International. We are a group of moms and dads from the Peoria area who identify with some aspect of the attachment parenting philosophy. We support one another in our parenting struggles and successes as we strive to lovingly guide our children through this very special time in their (and our) lives toward a secure and successful independence. Please visit our website at http://www.apipeoria.org
Other Wiki Pages (not directly related to the Eight Practices)
General Attachment Parenting Links
Attachment Parenting International
Dr. Sears Website
Critical Needs of Children
The Natural Child Project
Northwest Attachment Parenting
Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory
Family and Home Network
Whole Family Attachment Parenting