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Attachment Parenting International of Northwest Indiana

Attachment Parenting International of Northwest  Indiana Attachment Parenting is a positive, loving, empathetic style of parenting with the goal of fulfillin Valparaiso IN

Attachment Parenting is a positive, loving, empathetic style of parenting with the goal of fulfilling a child's need for trust, empathy, and affection necessary to create healthy attachments and secure, enduring relationships. We meet every second Tuesday of the month from 10am-12pm at Trinity Lutheran Church 201 Washington St.

Operating as usual

01/04/2020

Day 1: What toys do they gravitate toward? What is not typically used?
Day 2: When and where does play happen most?
Day 3: What times of day are they most likely to get into deep, imaginative, independent
play (FLOW)? Are you noticing a pattern or rhythm?

01/04/2020

30 Days of play
Discover deeper joy and connection by speaking your
child's natural language.
In the next 30 days, you are going to learn to observe your children from a place of non-judgmental acceptance, dig deep into your thoughts and feelings that arise in your role as a parent, and start building a deeper, more meaningful connection with your children... all through the medium of PLAY.
In this journal, you will find everything you need to get started on this new path. You will find additional support in the form of videos, prompts, and inspiration in the Balanced Parenting Community on Facebook.
Let's get started!
guiding principles
Honor and Respect Play
Stay Curious and Open
Avoid Interrupting and Evaluating
Set Limits Sparingly: Focus on Safety
Have Fun!
three phases

OBSERVE: Days 1-10 are all about
learning to observe your child carefully
and non-judgmentally.

REFLECT: Days 11-20 focus on exploring
your thoughts, feelings, and memories
around your child's, and your own, play

ACT: In Days 21-30 you will be invited to
take specific actions and observe and
reflect upon the outcome.

For the next 30 days, I want you to set aside 10 minutes each day to focus on your child's play. During the observation phase, these ten minutes will be spent observing your child and focusing in on the given prompt. During the reflection phase, you can spend these ten minutes reflecting on the journal prompt from that day. If you have time and it isn't too stressful you can also add in some dedicated play observation time. You will learn a lot about yourself and your child by watching their play.

Finally, during the action phase, you will be taking those ten minutes to take a specific directed action involving play. These are sometimes things you'll do with your child and sometimes they are things for you to do on your own, but they will
all ultimately begin to shift and transform the way play happens in your home.

01/04/2020

Hey, guys. I've been thinking and I'm going to post the 10min play journal here and we can use the thread that day as our journal. Right now I'll start posting the guidelines and the first day. For those of you who have the journal and notice, I forget a day, help me out!! TY

The Consequences of "Consequences" - by Teresa Pitman
09/26/2017
The Consequences of "Consequences" - by Teresa Pitman

The Consequences of "Consequences" - by Teresa Pitman

It's the first day of the summer camp where my daughter Lisa works as a counselor, and she listens while the head counselor sits all the kids down, lists the "forbidden" behaviours, and outlines the consequences that will follow when rules are broken.

09/21/2017

"Sometimes we are triggered by our children’s emotions because we haven’t been raised in a way that allowed us to process emotions in healthy ways. Many of us were not able to express the full spectrum of emotions without being shamed, punished, belittled or ignored. For some this means that a child being angry or upset really provokes a strong negative response inside us. Sometimes even children being ‘silly’ triggers us to our own inner child who was shamed for being silly."

Read more: http://www.racheous.com/respectful-parenting/triggered/

09/14/2017
Five Decades of Research Confirms: Spanking Produces Similar Outcomes in Children as Physical Abuse.
07/17/2017
Five Decades of Research Confirms: Spanking Produces Similar Outcomes in Children as Physical Abuse.

Five Decades of Research Confirms: Spanking Produces Similar Outcomes in Children as Physical Abuse.

In the opening paragraph of the University of Texas article outlining, “the most complete analysis to date of the outcomes associated with spanking,” it states that: “The more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and to experience increased anti-social behavior, aggre...

How To Help Kids Learn to Control Their Emotions
05/30/2017
How To Help Kids Learn to Control Their Emotions

How To Help Kids Learn to Control Their Emotions

"I love your posts, but my husband is afraid that if we allow our kids to get upset as you suggest, they'll never learn to control their emotions. Don't we need to just say No sometimes?" - Rachel

Outdoor Play Spaces
05/28/2017
Outdoor Play Spaces

Outdoor Play Spaces

As a self-professed child-directed play fanatic, the only thing I value more for children than safe “yes” spaces are places they can safely and freely explore

Happy Mother's Day everyone!
05/15/2017

Happy Mother's Day everyone!

05/09/2017

Our meeting is tomorrow at 10 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Valparaiso! The topic is "Keeping your cool when your kids are not!" See you there

Filling Your Child's "Attachment Tank"
04/22/2017
Filling Your Child's "Attachment Tank"

Filling Your Child's "Attachment Tank"

A child with an empty tank will do anything he can to fill it. Here are ways to fill your child's tank by creating a strong connection.

How Praise and Rewards Can Be as Damaging as Punishment
04/01/2017
How Praise and Rewards Can Be as Damaging as Punishment

How Praise and Rewards Can Be as Damaging as Punishment

Parents of our generation are coming to understand that punishment is psychologically damaging and ineffective at improving children’s behavior. But many of us who’ve condemned spanking and solitary confinement (time-outs/grounding) are still unaware of the damage created by a more insidious form of...

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03/30/2017

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