site contains information and resources for Attachment/Natural
Parenting and Natural Living.Our SP message board members
wrote the articles you find here, presenting ideas that have
worked for the authors and the children in their lives. But
how one parents is a personal decision— take the information
that makes sense to you and leave the rest.
began as a Natural Parenting message-board. We are a community
of diverse peoples joined in a search for support and information
regarding Natural Living and Attachment/Natural Parenting.
Instinct, respect and mindfulness guide our natural living
and parenting choices.
is Attachment Parenting/ Natural Parenting?
Parenting (AP) favors loving arms over objects and human contact
over absence. Some prefer the term Natural Parenting (NP)
to describe this approach. Both AP and NP follow ancient methods
of child rearing, where infants are kept close, breastfed
on demand (and into toddler-hood), attended to immediately
and nurtured gently.
a strong bond between parents and infant—from birth,
children know they are loved, will have their needs met, and
can trust their caregivers completely. It is in this way that
children thrive and become independent and compassionate citizens
of the world.
to our babies needs—hunger, security, warmth
Holding and wearing our babies as often as possible
Sleeping with our babies —never leaving our children
to “cry it out”
Breastfeeding/extended breastfeeding—please see our
article on AP
bottle-feeding if breastfeeding is not possible
“Cooperatively weaning” (weaning as a mutual decision
between mother and child)
Spending as much time connecting with and responding to our
babies —avoiding prolonged separation
Parenting gently—acting as our children’s “trusted
of parenting relate to concepts of Natural Living (NL) —
living in harmony with nature. As parents who embrace natural
consider these ideals:
Avoiding unnecessary interventions in birth
Leaving our sons whole and intact (foregoing circumcision)
Delaying/foregoing vaccinations or selectively vaccinating
Utilizing natural materials/toys
Learning/schooling at home
Using chemical-free/natural products in and around the home
our impact on the environment—reduce, reuse, recycle
Seeking natural remedies as complement or alternative to western
Being aware of and guided by the Earth’s cycles and
Eating a whole foods diet
- The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions
and experience of Sage Parenting parents. They are not intended
as medical advice. We encourage you to make your parenting
decisions based upon your research and in partnership with
a qualified health care professional.