Topic: attachment parenting

In Defense of Elimination Communication

In Defense of Elimination Communication

And anyone who really practices EC knows it’s just that–a practice. It’s a way of engaging with, and teaching your child about one of life’s most basic things. Sure, there’s a level of “training the parent” that comes with it. Do more conventional methods of elimination in particular (and parenting, in general) leave you with any more shallow of a learning curve? I would think it’s all a challenge! Where you teach your kid to shit is, in the long run, a very small aspect of your relationship with your kid, but one that must be addressed at some point. More »

A Cheat Sheet For The WTFness That Is Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Mama

A Cheat Sheet For The WTFness That Is Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Mama

Maybe you really need to be a kinder mama, and you’ve decided to open your mind and pick up a copy of this book. Good for you. You will quickly realize that Alicia has an intricate vocabulary of baby-talk and new-age babble that may make it almost impossible for you to follow along. You may begin reading and immediately think, “What in the actual fuck is she talking about?” I deciphered her baby-talk-babble so you don’t have to. You’re welcome. More »

Sorry Alicia Silverstone, Bed-Sharing Isn’t Always ‘Kind’ – It Can Be Truly Terrifying

Sorry Alicia Silverstone, Bed-Sharing Isn't Always 'Kind' - It Can Be Truly Terrifying

This is what her advice reminds me of: You know when you are walking down the street, and a stranger approaches you with a clipboard and says something like, “Do you have ONE minute for needy children?” How can you say “no” to that without feeling like an asshole? Even though you are busy and you don’t want to be accosted by a stranger in the street, you end up talking to this person because this person has posited his point in such a way that you feel like an asshole if you don’t. This is the way Alicia Silverstone’s parenting advice makes me feel in a nutshell. It’s so full of judgment, but disguised with a bunch of words like “kindness” and “soulful” and “yummy.” More »

Dr. Sears’ Philosophy On Sharing Will Offend Any Non-Attachment Parent

Dr. Sears' Philosophy On Sharing Will Offend Any Non-Attachment Parent

I’ve poked fun at Dr. Sears in the past for being Dr. Judgy McJudgerson, but in reality, I have no problem with the guy. I actually appreciate many of his resources for sick kids. His information is informative and calming for a stressed-out parent. Mostly, I try to give him the benefit of the doubt, until I catch some ridiculous subtext woven into one of his articles. More »

Our Kids Are Great In Spite Of Us, Not Because Of Us

Our Kids Are Great In Spite Of Us, Not Because Of Us

That’s why I’m done with “parenting styles.” Well, I’m not done making fun of them of course – because I need to get paid for doing something. But I’m done actually believing for one second that anyone really has a formula for doing it better than anyone else. Let’s give our kids some credit and realize that more often than not they are great in spite of us, not because of us. More »