I practice unconventional parenting. I co-sleep, wear my baby, breastfeed until we (not I) decide to stop, and discipline with love (not my hand). Apparently, I need a support group, because my style of parenting is among Discovery Health's Top Ten List of Radical Parenting Methods (did you hear me sigh?!?).
I attended a wellness event over the weekend, targeted towards expectant and new parents. One of the exhibitors was a support group for attachment parents, which partially confused me, and mostly frustrated me. Is my way of parenting (advocated by one of the nation's most renowned pediatricians) so extreme...so far out there that I need a support group?
I firmly believe in the power of support groups. When people with the same views, characteristics, or interests get together to share experiences, education and understanding can take place. But according to Wikipedia, a support group is typically initiated for a group of people with a characteristic that is often "burdensome." And the overall view of support groups is in line with this definition. Which has me wondering, what is so burdensome about being an attachment parent?