I have seen so many myths and misrepresentations of what Attachment Parenting is recently, I felt the need to write about it. Put something out there that maybe will help some parent somewhere struggling to get their partner involved, finding childcare, struggling with discipline or boundaries, etc. I sat down to write and absolutely scrapped everything at least once. Ok, so why am I scrapping what I have written about something so important? Why did I hate everything I wrote?
Well before I start about Attachment Parenting, I need to say this because I realized it is why I hated everything. What I am about to say is my understanding of Attachment Parenting. It is not a judgement about anyone's parenting style or choices. We all execute Attachment Parenting differently, so it looks a little different for each family. Also, some families may not be "strict" attachment parents, while others may be almost fanatical. We each make decisions about what is best for our family, so absolutely no judgement.
My decision to raise my children differently than I was raised was one I made at a very young age. It was a very simple and not well thought out plan - do the exact opposite of what my father did. Sounds simple right? Unfortunately, 15 year old me had absolutely no idea about parenting and what doing something different really meant.
I'm Matt a.k.a. The Attached Abba (Abba = Hebrew for Dad). This blog is detailing my journey in parenthood, and will hopefully provide a space for other dads to find support and insight.