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Nashville Classes -

Attached at the Heart Parenting Education 

Group Classes:

 

There are no classes being offered at this time. 

Interested in hosting a group class? Contact me for details.

Individual Classes:

Individual classes are available in the comfort of your own home or in a public location of your choosing. 

Classes are 2 hours each and there are 10 sessions to choose from. Because it is individually based I am able to offer a little more flexibility with scheduling. 

Cost: $30 per class (+cost of Attached at the Heart book)

(Don't be scared off by the cost, inquire here if this may be a financial hardship for you.)

What to Expect:

          - In-depth discussion of Attachment Parenting principles 

          - Parenting tips and handouts

          - Interactive activities to deepen learning

          - Confidence in your ability to have a securely attached, respectful, nurtured                                  relationship with your child(ren). 

What is covered in the Attached at the Heart parenting classes?

The curriculum provides insight into childrearing with specific tools to help parents learn more about child development, neuroscience and positive discipline, to trust the intuitive knowledge of their child, and ultimately build a foundation that will strengthen parent-child attachment.

 

CORE CONTENT OF LESSON PLANS: 

 

Module 1 –Charting a New Course: Breaking the Ties that bind

  • Understanding the difference between bonding and attachment

  • How our own childhood experiences affect the way we raise our children

  • Nature and Nurture

  • The legacy of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth

  • API’s Eight Principles of Parenting

  • The 4 Ps of Innate Needs

 

Module 2 – Principle 1   Prepare yourself for Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting

  • Planning for baby: Preparing your body, mind and spirit

  • Creating a positive birth experience

  • Important considerations that can affect mother and baby

  • Social and emotional milestones of infant development

  • The importance of parent support

 

Module 3 – Principle 2 Feed with Love and Respect

  • Why breastfeeding is the attachment model

  • Bottle nursing using breastfeeding behaviors to enhance attachment

  • The health benefits for mother and baby

  • Oxytocin, the bonding hormone

  • Maternal depression

  • How feeding impacts our relationship with food

  • Family meals promote connection

 

Module 4 – Principle 3 Responding with Sensitivity

  • What is empathy and how it develops

  • Sensitive responsiveness builds trust and attachment

  • Why it’s important to be sensitively responsive at night

  • Understanding why babies cry and what to do when crying becomes overwhelming

  • Research on fathers and the importance of fathers

 

Module 5 - Principle 4 Use Nurturing Touch

  • Why touch is critical to healthy development and attachment

  • The benefits of Kangaroo Care

  • How parents can provide nurturing touch through infant massage, babywearing and close proximity

  • Ways to provide nurturing touch for older children

 

Module 6–Principle 5 Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally

  • Understanding normal infant sleep patterns

  • Co-sleeping as an umbrella term and how it is defined (separate and same surface sleeping)

  • Establishing nighttime routines

  • Guidelines for safe co-sleeping

  • Developing healthy sleep habits

  • The problem with sleep training

 

Module 7 – Principle 6 Provide Consistent, Loving Care

  • How stress affects the developing brain

  • Studies on Child care

  • Working and alternate caregivers

  • Separations due to cop-parenting

 

Module 8 – Principle 7 Practice Positive Discipline

  • What is positive discipline and why it’s important

  • The goal of positive discipline

  • Establishing boundaries

  • The dangers of traditional discipline

 

Module 9 – Principle 8 Strive for Balance in Your Personal and Family Life

  • Understanding the importance of achieving balance in relation to promoting healthy attachment

  • Focusing on the couple relationship

  • How to work on finding balance when parents aren’t together

  • Practical tips for maintaining balance in the family

 

Module 10 – Nurturing Children for a Compassionate World

  • Finding joy in parenting

  • The challenges parents face

  • How to handle unwanted advice

  • Navigating the challenges of consumerism and overuse of technology

  • Protecting against marketing to infants and toddlers

Common Questions

Do I have to have a certain style of parenting to attend classes?

All backgrounds are welcome! Come into the class ready to learn, take what will work for you and leave the rest. With that said, my hope is that you can see the benefit of the evidenced-based practices outlined in class and incorporate attachment parenting into your style.

Who is this class for?

Anyone who is interested in learning about the 8 principles of Attachment Parenting is encouraged to attend! That may include expecting parents, families who are continuing to grow, grandparents, caregivers, professionals, or anyone else looking to expand their knowledge of attachment parenting. 

Do I have to buy the Attached at the Heart book to take the class?

No. However it is highly recommended. The book is going to provide more in-depth information as well as serve as a reference for the future. While you do not need the book to take the class I encourage you to add it to your at-home library. 

 

 

 

Can I bring my child to class?

Babies under 1 are welcome to attend. I do encourage you to consider how your learning is impacted when your attention is divided. Because of the pace of the class, the depth of the information, the personal sharing, and out of respect for others in the learning environment, older babies and children are unable to attend. Please contact me if you would like to speak about childcare options.

                    

I am taking the class individually in-home, can my child(ren) be present                            then?

For those taking the class individually I encourage you to think about how you may learn with your attention divided. Ultimately though, I will leave that decision up to you. 

I am interested in taking the class but I am not sure that I can afford to take it. What should I do?

Contact me with any concerns. We will discuss a possible payment plan or other arrangements that may be able to be made. 

Can I gift classes or webinars to someone?

What an incredible gift to give to someone you care about! Yes, you absolutely can gift classes and webinars! Contact me and we can get that set up!