What happens in these classes
The Attached at the Heart Parenting Program is based on the Eight Principle’s of Parenting described in the award-winning book Attached at the Heart. Founded on evidenced-based information, this program supports establishing a secure attachment between parents and their children starting in infancy if possible. Learn how sensitive, responsive care builds a trusting relationship based on the four “P’s” of attachment – predictability, proximity, protection and play and how mutual trust promotes opportunities for establishing a positive discipline environment via an interactive learning experience.
Charting a New Course: Introduction to Attachment Parenting
Learn about how environment and culture influence child rearing attitudes and practices. What are the effects of nature and nurture in the developing child? Explore how a children’s attachment to their primary caregiver is the foundation for the capacity to form trusting secure relationships as adults.
Prepare Yourself for Pregnancy, Birth & Parenting & Feed with Love and Respect
What is the importance of self-education and being involved in decision making before, during & after childbirth? Explore the possibility of subconscious influences from your own childhood experiences and cultural myths regarding pregnancy, birth and parenting.
Explore how feeding a child is an act of love and a critical method of enhancing the attachment/bonding process.
Responding with Sensitivity & Using Nurturing Touch
Discover how your sensitive responses to your baby’s cures teach the first lessons of trust, empathy and affection.
Understand the critical importance of human touch for healthy emotional, physical and neurological development.
Ensure Safe Sleep Physically and Emotionally & Provide Consistent and Loving Care
Familiarize yourself with infant sleep pattern and your baby’s biological needs. Discuss the definition of the word “co-sleeping” and the variations of sleeping situations it includes. Investigate the difference between safe and unsafe co-sleeping. Explore options for positive sleep routines for your growing infant.
Discuss how separation affects the attachment relationship. Investigate types of stress your baby may experience and the effects of stress on a baby’s brain. Examine concerns researchers and doctors have about consistent predictable care in the first three years of a child’s life. Examine ways your family might arrange work schedules to accommodate the needs of your baby. Consider how changing caregivers may affect the pre-verbal child. Explore ways to maintain the attachment relationship when change happens.
Practice Positive Discipline & Strive for Balance in Your Personal and Family Life
Explore the idea of discipline and the goals of positive discipline. Learn the evidence-based benefits of positive discipline. Discuss what it means to be a conscious parent. Consider the key reasons for creating positive discipline strategies.
Explore why parents are under stress and discuss how creating balance in your life lays the foundation for healthy attachment. Explore ways to involve both parents in their children’s lives and focus on their own relationship. Create a plan for self-nurturing that takes into consideration the developmental needs of your child.
Nurturing Children for a Compassionate World
Discuss the importance of modeling and teaching empathy to children. Assess current family behaviors, practices & strategies to improve family relationships. Evaluate way to monitor and reduce the negative influences of media.