Parenting babies, toddlers, and preschoolers is both magical and challenging. Many parents turn to books for advice only to wonder, “Now what?” after the last page. What if you could bring a parenting book to life and ask questions, personalize the info, and go deeper? Now you can!
Over six interactive sessions, we’ll bring the award-winning book Attached at the Heart to life. You’ll discover how the evidence-based principles of attachment parenting can work with your family’s unique dynamic—from positive discipline to sleep to balancing your own needs. This course is appropriate for parents, parents-to-be, and caregivers of kids pre-conception through preschool.
Sundays, 2-4 PM
October 5 and October 19-November 16
NOVA Natural Birth Center
4200 Technology Court
Chantilly, VA 20151 (map)
The class already started, is it too late to join? Registration remains open until the day of the third session (October 26).
Who is this class for? You may be a current parent, someday-parent, grandparent, caregiver, or professional. If you want to understand how the principles of attachment parenting can help parents of kids pre-conception through to preschool thrive, this course is for you.
Do I have to practice a certain style of parenting to attend the class? All backgrounds are welcome. Take what works for you and leave the rest. That said, my hope is that the evidence-based strategies we cover will encourage you to lean into attachment theory in your caregiving. (Don’t know what attachment theory is? No sweat! We’ll cover it.)
What will sessions look like? Each week we’ll focus on a different topic via live presentation, but we’ll also utilize discussion, multi-media, and other methods. It will be an engaging and educational time.
Can I bring my child to class with me? Babes-in-arms are welcome to attend class with you, however consider if your style of learning will thrive if your attention is divided. Because of the pace of the class, the depth of sharing in some sessions, and out of respect to the learning styles of others, we cannot accommodate older babies or children in the classroom. Please contact me if you would like to brainstorm caregiver ideas together.
What are the exact dates of the class? October 5 and then the six Sundays from October 19 through November 16. There is no meeting on October 12 because of the Columbus Day holiday weekend. All sessions meet from 2-4 PM.
What if I miss a session? I encourage you to catch up by reading the corresponding chapters in Attached at the Heart. Missed handouts will be available the following week. If you know of an absence beforehand, connect with another student and see if they will take notes for you.
What will I learn?
Week 1- Charting a New Course: Introduction to Attachment Parenting
We’ll start our course with a look at how culture impacts parenting choices and examine what attachment theory is and why it matters to our families.
Week 2- Prepare Yourself for Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting + Use Nurturing Touch
Expecting and potential parents will gain an understanding of options surrounding pregnancy and birth while those post-partum can reflect on their experiences. Then, we’ll explore how to use massage, babywearing, and play to connect with babies and kids. This session includes a live demonstration of the 4 major categories of baby carriers along with safety and developmental considerations for each. Caregivers are invited to bring their own carriers for hands-on help.
Week 3- Respond with Sensitivity + Ensure Safe Sleep Physically and Emotionally
Babies and young children can communicate physical and emotional needs intense ways like crying and tantrums. We’ll talk about how parents and caregivers can leverage this communication into a strong relationship. Additionally, parents will increase their understanding of infant sleep patterns, creating safe sleep environments, and the importance of responding to a child’s nighttime needs.
Week 4- Feed with Love and Respect + Balance Your Needs
From breast or bottle to solid foods, meals are a time for parent-child connection. We’ll explore finding healthy methods that work best for your family. Additionally, we’ll develop strategies to nourish your own emotional and physical needs while meeting your child’s needs.
Week 5- Practice Positive Discipline
The key difference between positive discipline and permissive parenting is setting healthy boundaries, but what does that mean and how do you enact it? Leave this session armed with over 25 practical ways to connect with your kids through gentle discipline.
Week 6- Provide Consistent Loving Care + The Ripple Effect of Parenting
Empathy can be every parent’s secret weapon for addressing overwhelming cries, tantrums, and misbehavior, but this ‘language of love’ doesn’t always come intuitively. Thankfully, there are strategies you can use to help. Additionally, we’ll talk about choosing a caregiver when you are away from your child and staying true to your style of parenting in the midst of a culture filled with competing ideas.