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The Attached at the Heart Parenting Course is Back!

Some of you know that I teach a class called Attached at the Heart (based on the book of the same name) geared toward parents, potential parents, of kids pre-conception through preschool. People often ask me what we cover in the class, so here it is:

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.

Want to learn more or register for the session happening in Fall 2014? Visit the course homepage.

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About More Green for Less Green

Hi, I’m Pamm. Welcome to my little slice of the web! As a progressive Evangelical female pastor and crunchy homeschooling mom, I’m never quite what anyone expects of me. But, hey, that’s what makes blogging interesting, right? Join me as I try to wholeheartedly parent my three little boys, slowly fix up the trashed foreclosure we bought in 2009, and live simply.

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