Friday, July 24, 2009

The Introverted Leader

On Monday, I asked what non-attachment parents think about the AP philosophy in this post. Here's why I was asking ... I've decided I'm going to pursue becoming an API leader!

One of my goals as a leader would be to make attachment parenting appeal to more mainstream parents, and in order to do that I need to find out what typical parents think about AP - that is, if they think anything about it at all. Hence my question. (But apparently, not too many non-AP people read my blog, or at least they don't comment.)

There also seems to be a lack of vocal parents of older kids in the AP community, so parents of young children have no one to ask questions of who've already been there, done that. Many attached parents are entirely comfortable being attached to their babies, but they question the usefulness or wisdom of maintaining the connection through the elementary ages and into the teen years.

Now ... all I have to do is figure out how to find the time to go through the application process - not to mention the actual meetings. :)

If you liked this post, you might enjoy Attachment Parenting: Permissive Parenting?


  1. I do hope you become an API leader. Based on the insights from your blog, you'd be great.

    If you're looking for an idea of how AP is perceived in the mainstream, you should check out the movie "Away We Go." Maggie Gyllenhaal's character is a parody of AP parenting taken to the nth degree. Very funny actually.

  2. Congrats, Camille! I also want to become one sometime soon :) we can egg each other on.

  3. I think this would be perfect for you!

    I think "child-led parenting" is the way I tend to think of AP parenting of older kids, if that helps you. At least the way I see it in some people. Even though I identify somewhat with AP'ing older kids, I can still see things from an outsider's perspective, so hope that helps you.

  4. MamaHood, I'll definitely look into that movie. Sounds great. And thanks for the words of support.

    Yes, Raji, let's do that! But I'll be in the south chapter.

    Thanks for the insight, Hannah. I still think that most mainstream parents think that AP just means you're making your sons "mama's boys." I'll have to talk to my boys about that, as soon as I can get them to let go of my apron strings.