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"A parenting philosophy is relevant only to the extent that it
promotes parenting practices which support secure bonding."

These individuals and organizations promote birth and
parenting practices that support strong parent-child bonds:

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Please Read To Me

A child’s plea for love and literacy

By Pam Leo

Read to me, please read to me
Right from the very start.
Just as good food grows my body,
Good stories grow my brain and heart.

Read stories to me in my bed,
And in the rocking chair,
In the garden, in the bathroom,
Please read to me everywhere.

Please read me a wake up story,
A breakfast story, a story with my snack,
Another story with my lunch,
And two before my nap.

Please give me picture books to look at
When we’re driving in the car,
And audio-books to listen to
As we travel near and far.

Please take me to the library.
They have books to read for free.
We can take home lots of them,
Some for you and some for me.

Read me stories in the kitchen,
And stories in the bath.
Please read me this same one again,
It always makes us laugh.

A story is a special treat,
Always a delight.
Reading keeps us connected,
Morning, noon, and night.

Every time you read to me
Our bond grows a little stronger.
Your reading feels like love to me,
And I always want it longer.

Read to me? Please?

Copyright © Pam Leo July 2016
All Rights Reserved
No Reprints Without Permission

Parent & Family Newspaper

Maine's only free, complete events & information
resource guide for your family, published bi-monthly.

Jon & Wendy Towle, Owners
Phone 207-839-2804

We have exceptional childbirth options including doulas and post-partum doulas, as well as out-of-hospital classes, midwives, and a birth center. Unfortunately, for economic and insurance reasons, these services are not always accessible to all of the families who would choose them. Birth Roots is a 501C3 nonprofit devoted to removing the financial obstacles to accessing these pregnancy, birth and postpartum care and support options. Through fundraising and networking we provide need-based scholarships to families who would not otherwise have the means to choose the holistic care services found in our community.

Leah Deragon, CBE - Co-Director of Birth Roots
Phone: 207-409-9558
Email: leah@ourbirthroots.org
Website: http://www.ourbirthroots.org/
Continuum Care Provider & Mentor: http://www.continuum-concept.org/
Distributor of New Native Organic Cotton Slings: http://www.newnativebaby.com/

ATLC Warmline

The ATLC WarmLine provides mentors who offer real-time, in-person phone mentoring to support parents and caregivers in effective, conscious parenting.

Click here for the ATLC Warmline website.

The Consciously Parenting Project

Community, Education, Resources and Support for Intentional Parenting
Rebecca Thompson and her colleagues at ConsciouslyParenting.com are now delivering Pam's 7-week Connection Parenting Workshop as a teleclass.

Click here for the Consciously Parenting website main page.

Click here for time and date schedules and to register for the teleclass.

Imagine That Hypnotherapy

Services include: Hypnobirthing Classes &
Support for Pediatric and Family issues.

Anne E. Archambault
Board Certified Hypnotherapist
Freeport Healing Arts
42 Mallett Drive
Freeport, Maine, 04032
Phone: 207-233-2333

Hands of Hope

Services include: Massage &
Holistic Pediatric Therapy, Training & Products

Bruce Cote
PO Box 1538
Sanford, Maine 04073
Phone: 207-522-7257
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified K-8 Teacher
Certified Polarity Practitioner
Certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

Website: www.hands-hope.org

Brain Gym

Beth Stoddard
Licensed Brain Gym Instructor
222 St. John St.
Portland, Maine, 04103
Phone: 207-761-4625
Email: bethstod@maine.rr.com
Website: Brain Gym: Train The Brain

Leigh D. Baker, D.O.

Services include: Craniosacral treatment of newborns, infants, and
children, Osteopathic Manipulation, and Holistic Health Consultations

20 School Street
Yarmouth, Maine, 04096
Phone: 207-846-7666

Chiropractic Family Wellness

Services Include: Network Chiropractic Care for the whole family.

Dr. Meg Pickering & Dr. Carroll Coyle
243 US Route One
Scarborough, Maine, 04074
Phone: 207-883-5549

Ballard House Birth Center
A Birth Center for Community Wellness

Services Include: Childbirth preparation classes
and support for pregnancy, birth and beyond.

131 Spring Street
Portland, Maine 04101
Phone: 207-773-3938

The Breastfeeding Center of Maine

Services: Experienced, professional lactation consultant.

Bettina Pearson, RN, BSN, IBCLC
131 Spring Street
Portland, Maine, 04101
Phone: 207-775-6455

Real Life. Real Talk.

Services: Real Life. Real Talk. is a social change initiative to increase open, honest, and balanced talk about adolescent sexuality among parents. RLRT aims to help parents understand teen reality and adolescent development, as well as have the opportunity to talk with other parents and "experts" in comfortable settings.  A major programming component has been the "Sex Ed for Parents" event, which is hosted and facilitated by the RLRT partner organizations, like the MaineHealth Learning Resource Centers.  Sex Ed for Parents couples documentary footage of national experts and teens with a live, customizable "expert speaker" section that can be changed to vary topics, etc.

Lauren Grousd
Real Life. Real Talk. Project Coordinator
Ph: 207.510.2201 x108
Fax: 207.883.4274
Email: laureng@ppnne.org
Web: Real Life. Real Talk.

Mindful Maine Mamas and Papas
We are a group of families wanting to develop relationships with their children based on mutual respect, mindfulness, and a sense of humor. We organize free multi-age general and specialized playgroups, parent's nights out (welcoming babies) as well as occasional community forums on pressing issues (e.g., baby and toddler-wearing, cloth diapering).

Angie Dierks
Portland, Maine
Phone: 207-767-0951
Email: finn_friend@yahoo.com
Website: Mindful Maine Mamas

Mom to Mom of Maine

Services: Offers playgroups, mom's night out, email loop, monthly
meetings, book clubs, events for moms and children and more.

For more information, please send an email to:
Web site: www.momtomomofme.org

LifeCoaching.com - Empowering Authentic Self

Services: Family-friendly emotional intelligence development - this is deep, profound, and transformational inner work. Great relationships are not accidental. When we know who we really are, then we can connect with others in the most authentic and powerful way. The theoretical structure and process of this work aligns at every point with the principles of Connection Parenting.

Carmine Leo, CEC, PCC
Web sites: LifeCoaching.com (Personal and Professional Coaching)
Or: CarmineLeo.com (Emotional Intelligence Coaching, Connection Parenting Coaching, Blog)

If you know of an individual or organization that supports
secure bonding and Connection Parenting, please
contact us and we will add it to our resource list.

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