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So what’s this fuss about NATURAL PARENTING?

The other day, I was being questioned by fellow blogger mates, what is actually natural parenting. It was rather time consuming to explain it to her there and then so to summarize the whole concept, I simply informed that it is all about what most natural as nature’s intended to you as a parent on your parenting style. It is oppose to what is considered as artificial and act the best that you can in natural manner thus as might be expected.

To date, Natural Parenting is more of a philosophy of gentle, healthy childbirth and growth. This approach has been closely called attachment parenting or empathetic parenting as well. It is often considered to be New Age kind of trend in parenting style but it is in fact age-old. I believe we are partly Naturalist Parent internally but we just probably unaware to the terms and characteristics.

Gone are the days where parents would totally rely on technology to the extent parents tend to ignore their gut feelings. Supposedly, we as a parent treats technology with caution and to put it simply, believing what we know our hearts to be true. I guess you do some of basic ideals or guidelines in Natural Parenting and it never crossed your mind that you are actually on doing Natural Parenting.

It means many things to many people but generally includes natural childbirth, breastfeeding and babywearing. Other practices commonly included are co-sleeping (family bed), avoidance the use of surrogates ie pacifiers, child-led weaning, natural diet (home-cooked baby food) and to some included homeschooling and baby signing and the latest cloth diapering. These are merely tools and practices that assist parent to fine tune to their child needs. The benefits of each of them would just blossom naturally to both child and parents.

I had partially outline these natural parenting guidelines under my own column : “Natural Living with Hanz” at this portal 1Superkids.

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Have further reading under this title :

Natural Parenting : Initial steps to adopt

Natural Parenting : Basic Guidelines for further establishment

Can we choose love by accepting our baby’s legitimate human needs and responding to them with an open heart? To do so requires us to trust our babies and ultimately that we trust ourselves. Each of us is an original. Parents are not perfect but we can continually recognize the critical importance of how we behave toward our children. Children may be small in size but they deserve to have their needs taken seriously. We learn to look beneath the child’s outward behaviour to understand what he is thinking and feeling. Children have a natural love of learning and do not have to be coerced. Punishment interferes with the bond between parent and child. Children deserve to be treated with respect.

If you keen and comfortable with Natural Parenting concept and approach, you will likely to enjoy your parenthood at most. However, do consider balancing all aspects and factors. It could be a trend to some but it could be something oh, so natural to you. What most important the symbiosis relations between you and your lil loved ones.

“Children raised with love and compassion will be free to use their time as adults in meaningful and creative ways, rather than expressing their childhood hurts in ways that harm themselves or others.
If adults have no need to deal with the past, they can live fully in the present. ”

(Jan Hunt ; 2001)

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January 19, 2010 - Posted by | Adore BABY SIGN, Adore BABYWEARING, Adore BREASTFEEDING, Adore CLOTH DIAPERING, Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Adore NATURAL PARENTING, Lifestyle on Parenting

9 Comments »

  1. thanks for this info, buat i lebih fhm konsep natural parenting ni. 🙂

    Comment by yatie chomeyl | January 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. 1.natural childbirth(with vacuum hihi)2.breastfeeding smpi late 4 mo nths je huhhu..3.babywearing- checked!]4. co-sleeping-family bed)checked!, 5.avoidance the use of surrogates ie pacifiers(pangkah yang ni hihi)6.child-led weaning,-berhenti menyusus sendiri, kira self wean ye?7.natural diet (home-cooked baby food) -yep,fresh homemade diet everyday for my baby :)belum 100% lagi, sy cuba yang terdaya!

    Comment by CatlinaFly | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. i pun nak check myself la…1.natural childbirth-checked, 3.75kg wei!2.breastfeeding-till today 2yrs 4mths.3.babywearing- sort of la. cuma bukan yg jenis mahal :P4. co-sleeping-family bed)hoho. jenuh nak try asingkan.5.avoidance the use of surrogates ie pacifiers-checked6.child-led weaning- x smpi tahap ni lagi7.natural diet -alamak, baru nak sengih2 igt dah perfect. yg ni, failed sikit la.kdg2 msk, kdg2 beli.

    Comment by isabelle | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  4. Yatie, your most welcome! :>

    Comment by Hanz | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  5. Cat…keep up the good work! Happy Natural Parenting! :>

    Comment by Hanz | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  6. Isabelle..hehe..part yg last tu pun happen to me especially kalau kami bermalam kat rumah orang atau travel..kat mana pulak i nak masak sendiri, kan…as long bukan junk food should be ok… :>errr..chocolate junk food ker tak? hehehe…

    Comment by Hanz | January 20, 2010 | Reply

  7. i really like natural parenting coz its more like a hippie lifestyle…relax & no stress between parents & child.happy natural parenting to u too.

    Comment by Confession of a Coffeeholic Mama-Miya | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  8. Mama Miya, oh i do know you are up to it…alwiz look forward your updates on Miya learing process..it looks so fun!

    Comment by Hanz | January 21, 2010 | Reply

  9. chocolate is not considered as junk food apa…kan it provides energy..and..err…(trying hard to deny).hehe

    Comment by isabelle | January 21, 2010 | Reply


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