The Attached at the Heart Online Parenting Program
The Attached at the Heart Parenting Program was designed by Attachment Parenting International for parents-to-be and parents of children through the preschool years. It introduces parents to Attachment Theory, the importance of a secure attachment, and Attachment Parenting International’s Eight Principles of Parenting, which act as guidelines to help parents meet their children’s developmental needs while balancing the needs of everyone in their family.
I am a Certified Attached at the Heart Parenting Educator, personally trained in 2013 by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker, co-founders of Attachment Parenting International and the co-creators of the program.
The Attached at the Heart Online Parenting Program includes:
♡ Interactive online classes exploring how your family can use Attachment Parenting International’s Eight Principles of Parenting to meet your family’s unique needs
♡ On-your-own-time online activities and downloadable resources (You need a Gmail account to access this feature.)
♡ Two class times to choose from: Thursday evenings (7-8:30pm Pacific time) or Saturday mornings (10-11:30am Pacific time)
Classes are $25 each. Register for 4 and come to the 5th for free. (Or register for 8 and come to the last 2 for free!) That makes them $20 each! 🙂 And, of course, partners are welcome and feel free to attend to your children’s needs. The classes will not be recorded. This is to protect the program as well as your confidentiality. If you register for a class and have to miss it, make sure to come to the other one that week!
Schedule – Click links below to register.
Week 1 – Thursday, September 30th or Saturday, October 2nd – Charting a New Parenting Course
In our first week, we will explore the basic emotional needs of infants and young children, why meeting them is as important as meeting their physical needs and how we can learn to meet them, even if our parents didn’t meet them for us.
Week 2 – Thursday, October 7th or Saturday, October 9th – Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting
This class is great for parents-to-be or parents who intend to have at least one more child. We will explore the things you need to think about during pregnancy and in preparation for birth and the immediate postpartum period.
Week 3 – Thursday, October 14th or Saturday, October 16th – Feed with Love and Respect
This week we will discuss how being fed can be a powerful experience of receiving love and nurturance. We will explore the feeding attitudes and tools that can help you use feeding time and meal time to build secure attachment and healthy eating habits.
Week 4 – Thursday, October 21st or Saturday, October 23rd – Respond with Sensitivity
This week we will explore the cornerstone of Attachment Parenting: empathizing with our children and responding sensitively to their emotional and physical needs, even if our parents didn’t do the same for us.
Week 5 – Thursday, October 28th or Saturday, October 30th – Use Nurturing Touch
This week we’ll discuss the healing and nourishing power of physical closeness and skin-to-skin contact. And we’ll explore ways to fit more nurturing touch into your young children’s lives while still doing all the other things you need to do in your life.
Week 6 – Thursday, November 4th or Saturday, November 6th – Ensure Safe Sleep – Physically and Emotionally
This week we’ll learn about normal infant sleep physiology, why our children need to have their needs met through the night and how we can safely do that and still get enough sleep for ourselves.
Week 7 – Thursday, November 11th or Saturday, November 13th – Provide Consistent and Loving Care
This week’s class will explore ways to meet our children’s needs for loving, consistent caregiving, regardless of how much time we can take off of work.
**2 Week Break**
Week 8 – Thursday, December 2nd or Saturday, December 4th – Practice Positive Discipline
In this week’s class, which was developed in conjunction with Jane Nelson, we will discuss the most effective discipline styles, and learn tools to equip our children with positive values, emotional intelligence and self-discipline.
Week 9 – Thursday, December 9th or Saturday, December 11th – Strive for Balance in Your Personal and Family Life
This week we will explore ways to balance the needs of every member of your family – including you!
Week 10 – Thursday, December 16th or Saturday, December 18th – Nurturing Children for a Peaceful World
This is our last class! We will bring all that we have learned together and look at the big picture, as will as discussing a few new ideas about what we can do to curate a dazzlingly healthy childhood for the ones we love most.