Hi, I'm your positive parenting ally and my name is Birgitte - yes, a name that may seem rather exotic for most of you and perhaps almost impossible to pronounce.
The reason for this unusual name is that I'm Danish and live in
Denmark: a small, Scandinavian country that is warm in spirit but
cold in weather (at least in the winter).
Cultural and geographical differences aside, I'm sure we have this in common:
Most of what I deal with in relation to
positive parenting has a solid basis in
experience - either mine, or in time, yours.
This experience-based foundation is very important, as it adds tremendous credibility to the written word - in other words, most of what you read about here has been done ... and it WORKS!
However, there will also be more theoretically orientated articles on e.g. attachment theory or positive psychology theory for those of you are interested in parenting backed up by science.
parenting experience was born in 2007 along with my son. As a baby
he was what may be termed a
high need baby, and now he has developed into
an active, curious, and highly socially orientated little boy.
Even though I haven't had the pleasure of raising a teenager ... yet, the basics of positive parenting are timeless and will work with kids of all ages.
How do I know this?
Because the core of this positive parenting style: deep presence, high awareness, full acceptance and love are qualities we also love in another person as adults.
As I am a cultural anthropologist and an adventurer in the field of personal development and self improvement, everything I have experienced in relation to my son has been the subject of scrutiny and theorizing.
I try to see how every little thing relates to other things and fits into the big picture of life; plus how I may help myself and other people get a better 'parenting life'.
I always want a deeper understanding and a better, easier, more natural and more fun way of doing things.
It's a passion and I simply can't help myself.
I find the journey of discovering which parenting ideas work and which don't, exciting, fascinating, and incredibly rewarding.
My son is being raised by me alone (his father lives abroad - and we stopped being a pair before I even discovered I was pregnant), which has provided me with unique insights into the challenges and - yes, the benefits of single parenting.
A subject I will deal with in depth as this positive parenting ally site matures.
Not only have I always had tons of things on the go at the same time - they were also typically very different. Variety and fun have always been important values for me.
I really hope you will enjoy your visit on my website.
Your Positive Parenting Ally,