Attachment parenting (AP) is a parenting philosophy based on the principles of attachment theory.  It is about building a strong and secure bond with our children in order to provide them with the best start for their future.  It is about responding to our children's needs with kindness, empathy, and respect.
Attachment parenting strives to nurture strong connections between caregivers and children.  AP families are very diverse in the way they live their lives, but the importance of family is something they all have in common.
Attachment parenting is not about what tools you use to parent your children, but instead how you interact with them.  AP philosophy believes children deserve the same respect as adults.  Attachment parenting is not about being permissive but instead about establishing firm boundaries with respect, conversation, and support.
Attachment parenting aims to create obedience through a deep attachment from child to parent instead of many mainstream fear-based models.

I have older kids; is attachment parenting only for younger children? Am I too late?

It is never too late to practice attachment parenting! Although all children would ideally experience this approach from infancy, with patience and dedication attachment can be established later on as well.  Since AP is not something you do but how you interact, it applies to children (and adults!) of all ages and stages of life.  It is a common misconception that attachment parenting applies only to younger children as many people associate it with breastfeeding and babywearing. Although those certainly can be useful in helping create attachment at a young age, they are not mandatory nor are they the only facets of AP.
Click here for an excellent short video on this subject.

Can I find you on Facebook?

You sure can! You can follow our Facebook Page at facebook.com/ApVillageCanada or join our Facebook Discussion Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/apvcdiscussion/

Do you meet in person?

Yes we do! In addition both our winter and summer playgroups, we have a variety of events and education seminars to choose from.  Visit our events page for a comprehensive list.  Please note that all APVC events are subject to our illness policy.

Why do you have a membership fee? Do I have to be a member to participate?

APVC is a not-for-profit society that relies on memberships and fundraising to bring you the many great services that we provide.  Things like playgroup, educational classes and our lending libraries would not be possible without our members.
This year, APVC is rolling out a new membership program for 2019!  For more detailed information on our memberships and how to get yours, please click here.

I don't breastfeed/cosleep/babywear - will this group still work for me?

Attachment parenting is not about what tools you use, but rather how you interact with your children. Many of our members do breastfeed, cosleep and/or babywear because these to be valuable options in creating and maintaining attachment, but they are in no way mandatory to attachment parenting. Attachment parenting focuses on building and strengthening relationship and connection with your children by respecting their needs and fostering healthy attachment!

Image Credit: Dr. Vanessa Lapointe

Image Credit: Dr. Vanessa Lapointe