by Dan Rindler, Child’Space Practitioner, GCFP
I had what I thought was an original idea today for talking about the Child’Space Method and how it supports parent and child: “slow parenting.” Just as the slow food movement aims to foster a deeper sense of connection between consumers and the food that they eat, in my vision for slow parenting, parents would take the time to connect to their child through touch and movement, giving each child the space to develop at their own pace. My vision of slow parenting also includes parents connecting with themselves – finding ways to feel more centered, and feeling confident in their choices for how they parent.
As often happens with a little googling, I found that someone else had already coined the term “slow parenting.” But what I found on a slow parenting blog was a philosophy with many dos and don’ts for an “ideal” way to raise a child. While they have some very good ideas, I believe very strongly that in parenting, as in much of life, there are many paths that are valid. We each follow what we believe is best for our child, and we each learn and change as we develop alongside our babies.
Child’Space isn’t just for those who follow a specific parenting philosophy; it is a method that supports all parents and infants. Whether one practices attachment parenting, or slow parenting, or no specific approach at all, we each have questions and surprises that come up as our child grows. Through a combination of touch and movement techniques, along with helpful information about infant development, Child’Space sessions and classes can help you feel more connected and in tune with your baby.
So, while the term “slow parenting” may already be claimed, the idea of parenting with awareness is an important element of what we do in Child’Space method. My hope is that all parents I work with begin to feel attuned to their baby to a degree that they begin to rely less on books and other experts for the right way to do things, and more on their own understanding of their baby as an individual with unique needs.