And then re-thinking the situation, I thought, if I don’t have do anything except be there and talk and lead discussion, I’m good with that. So she agreed to do the organizing, and well, I must say, it’s working out nicely. Several mamas and their small ones get together monthly or so and we talk about things pertaining to attachment parenting. Like how to get the laundry done.
And stuff like that. We call this group Catholic Mamas.
From time to time I consider the possibility of doing a Catholic Mamas blog. But it hasn’t happened yet, and I think perhaps I’ll just start today a Catholic Mamas Thingy. Which will mostly be posting our topics discussed at each get together, because that’s easy for me.
So. Our topic yesterday was of a theoretical nature. While we usually have topics that are highly practical like How Do I Get Some Sleep and What Does Gentle Discipline Mean, and What Can I Do To Not Lose My Temper; I think that it is impossible to pursue both sanctity and attachment parenting (I personally believe the two are intrinsically entwined) without a really solid idea of WHY you are doing it. It should be on the tip of our tongue.
OUR GOAL AS CHRISTIANS IS TO GET TO HEAVEN. The purpose of practicing attachment parenting, based on this premise, is twofold.
And to aid our family getting to heaven. Upon that premise, all the discernment and decisions in our lives rest. For the child, the purpose of attachment parenting is to provide them with the understanding of the limitless love of a limitless creator before he understands that there is one. He needs to know unconditional love, and to be allowed to grow and develop in a home where “tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity and disinterested service are the rule” (CCC 2223).
For the mother and father, the purpose of attachment parenting is to grow in holiness. “Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule” (CCC 2223).
Both of these things help attain heaven. We are missionaries in our own homes, first and foremost.