Please forgive me if this has been mentioned everywhere, I haven't made all the blog rounds or checked in on the message boards, but we're sitting here watching the Dr. Phil show that has the Sears on it, and Oh. My. God. I can't help but feel like this is HUGE. To have doctor's on national television, on Dr. Crazy McCrazy's show, no less, telling parents to bring their babies back to bed with them and (gasp!) put a weaned baby back to the breast. I just am so thrilled I could scream. I hope that this is the kick in the ass that mainstream parenting (and mainstream pediatricians) needs to adopt some of these parenting ideals.
Matt and I took particular interest in the segment where the mother was being paranoid about germs. I am definitely obsessive about germs. Okay, freakishly obsessive. I fully admit it. I try work really hard, however, to help Iris (and some day Eloise) have a healthy fear of germs. To not stick her hands in her mouth after playing at school, but not be so freaked she won't ever touch anything.
I love that they never once mentioned the term "Attachment Parenting" (at least, I didn't notice if they did). It isn't about subscribing to a parenting style, it's about responding appropriately to your child's needs. Especially since the AP term can carry lots of negative conotations to more mainstream parents and therefor make people wary of AP practices.
Off to write my email to praise the show. Hooray!