Saturday, August 11, 2007

In the Herald Sun today... I think...

That would be me! Oh and Bryn and possibly Luey, depending on which pic they use...

So, yesterday turned into an interesting day, where I yet again managed to avoid doing any study... Instead, I volunteered to be "the face of AP" for an article, which is supposed to be running in the HS today about current trends affecting parenting. The journo writing the article said she'd interviewed five parenting specialist (don't know who they were, but one apparently included the editor of a parenting magasine - interesting credentials, huh?)... She asked these people what they thought upcoming trends in parenting might be, and amongst the answer, which included increased caesarian rates, was a growing interest in Attachment Parenting. The magasine editor had said that inquiries about Attachment Parenting had increased out of sight in recent times.

So, they decided the easiest way to illustrate the article would be a photo of an AP parent doing AP sort of stuff; babywearing or breastfeeding...

I was happy to do either, but when she heard my "baby" would be 2 next week, I think she thought it might be less offensive to readers to see a pic of me carrying him... I wore him in my Ergo, so that was another step away from the classical AP image of the sling (and slings are perfectly valid, but I guess the Ergo made it all more "accessible" for the reader), I had offered to use my Maya sling, though the Ergo was more authentic for me, too, because that IS what I use now...

The journo interviewed me, and that came as a bit of a surprise, so I'm hoping it wasn't too garbled, adn that she took on the things I was saying... For example, I said AP is a philosophy, first and foremost about being emotionally available to your child, and there are practices which are recognised as distinctly AP which support the philosophy, including gentle birth, extended breastfeeding past 6-12 months (yes, I said six, because the general public thinks past 6 is extended), co-sleeping, and baby wearing - and I TOTALLY forgot to say gentle discipline, but hopefully she's done a BIT of research about AP...

She asked why I came to do AP and I said I'd been doing a Masters in Education when I had my first, and reading all the child development stuff, I came to see that it supported AP philosophy that I'd been introduced to through "Rhythmn of Life" by Gaia Grant...

She asked why I thought more people were turning to AP, and I said that like with politics, different generations tend to reject what the previous generation has done, and try something new, that with the worrying increase in adolescent depression and childhood disorders such as anorexia, parents are looking for answers in different parenting styles, and that while AP is the parenting parents have done for hundreds of years out of necessity, parents are now actively choosing this parenting style because it's in line with what is known about child development, but also because it fits best with what parents feel intuitively their children need. Gawd, I hope that all comes across because there is plenty of room for misinterpretation there...

Oh well, I'll know as soon as I get hold of a paper, and maybe she didn't use much or any of the interview she did with me...

I have to laugh at the fact that despite have a freakishly messy (and dirty) house yesterday and having two sick kids to care for, I all but jumped at the chance to be photographed... Yes, there is some of my mother in me, LOL!!!

Hehehe, can I also point out that I'm going to see Connie the psychic again tonight and that in November last year she told me that I would become known to a much wider audience than I was at that time - I wonder if that's what this article was about, my fifteen SECONDS of fame, pmsl!

2 comments:

Juniper said...

Ooh, I am excited, and have just sent DS down to the milk bar to pick up a copy of the HS right this minute!

And wanted to say "co-inkidink" because I too was first introduced to the concept of AP (after already practicing it) through the book The Rythmn of Life! Isn't that weird? I really enjoyed that book, should reread it again sometime soon!

Can't wait to see you in there!

Jen - Faithful Servant of the Adventurous Duo! said...

Hey Sif :)

I was so surprised to see you and Bryn in the Herald Sun on Tuesday! it was a great photo :) well done on being in the article :D .

I am sure you got a copy, but if not I still have mine here if you can't get a copy (JenBel from AUG05 EB, we meet up sometimes :p)

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