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Alanis Morissette Practices Attachment Parenting!! Hear ALL in this Intimate, Meaningful, EXCLUSIVE Interview!

Alanis Morissette

By Jessica Williams, www.LoveParentingLA.com

My friend and colleague, Sheryl Paul, MA, hosted an exclusive interview about new motherhood with the lovely Alanis Morisette. I had the pleasure of Alanis’ company at a small gathering in Venice, Ca, one evening years ago and she made quite an impression; she is a soulful, beautiful person. This interview is intimate and meaningful as Alanis faces the transition of becoming a mother with honesty and courage, sharing her discoveries with you. Alanis talks about her HOME BIRTH, the intensity of being an ATTACHMENT PARENT, the affect of new motherhood on her IDENTITY and on her NEW MARRIAGE! She speaks with candor and an open, beautiful, human heart. As they say, MOTHERHOOD IS THE GREAT EQUALIZER! Now this exclusive interview is available online to any of you who may have missed it when it aired live last month.


From Sheryl:

“Alanis speaks with honesty and wisdom and isn’t afraid to delve into the deeper aspects of her life, so if you’re wondering about her challenges, her joys, her fears, and how she prepared for the life-altering transition of becoming a mother, you won’t want to miss this exclusive event.”CLICK HERE TO GAIN ACCESS TO THIS INTERVIEW!


Alanis speaks of the work in Sheryl’s new home study program for preconception, pregnancy, birth and new motherhood, attending to the emotional well-being of the mother and facing the transition of a lifetime head on. I am one of the featured experts in this course and I strongly recommend you check out the free video training here:

Birthing a New Mother: A Home Study Program

Here is what Alanis has to say about the Birthing A New Mother Program:

“If any of you are trying to conceive, are pregnant or a new mother, I’m excited to announce the release of the wildly helpful home study program. This program kindly and smartly guides you through the transition of becoming a mother, even if your’e not yet pregnant. Sheryl, who engages with a circle of other teachers offers you 8 downloadable lessons so that you can prepare yourself and your relationship for the transition and emotional earthquake of becoming parents!”–Alanis Morissette
Birthing a New Mother: A Home Study Program

With Love,


Private coaching available: www.LoveParentingLA.com


Jessica Williams

About Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams created L.O.V.E. Parenting with a series of techniques for effective communication, deepened connection and more joy in parenting and life. Jessica is also the creator of www.UltimateParentingCourse.com with the best of today's progressive parenting experts together in one program. Jessica is a featured expert internationally on both Mothering.com’s Ask An Expert and the upcoming www.KidsInTheHouse.com. Jessica is a regular contributor to Mothering Magazine’s All Things Mothering, LA Parent Magazine, LA Mom Magazine & DailyBuzzMoms. She has been interviewed on television and radio and taught workshops at family wellness centers, schools and doctor’s offices. Her BirthKit has helped women have a transformational & empowering birth. Jessica maintains a private coaching practice in her native Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and their three children. “Truly amazing woman. I love her advice.”—Carrie-Anne Moss. “All you have shared has helped tremendously.”—Lisa Bonet. “I am experiencing nothing short of a miracle thanks to your laser beam approach.” –Andrea Bendewald.

Comments (6)

You've gotta be kidding me! Attachment parenting does NOT involve a nanny. Morissette talks about having a nanny in this interview. Please!
Friend, Attachment Parenting includes co-sleeping, baby-wearing, on-demand breastfeeding, and generally being attuned and responsive to your baby. If a momma takes a break she is still an attachment parent. Some mommas are away from their baby so they can work, and some for self-care, often to prolong their ability to attachment parent. Some mommas take a break with the father, a relative, a neighbor or a friend with their baby. Some mommas take a break with a paid caregiver. I know many mothers that are madly in love with their babies and they work the minimum number of hours that are necessary for their family and when they return they are nursing all night, sling-wearing, co-sleeping attachment mommas. I know other mothers that nurse and co-sleep but the sling hurts their back. I know others that sling and co-sleep but have trouble breastfeeding and unfortunately they end up feeling judged and self-depricating when they are around AP nursing mothers. I have friends who sling and nurse but feel their babies sleep better in the crib. For many mothers of more than one child, they find that certain elements of their attachment parenting are different with each child but they love each child the same. Some AP mommas get to preschool age and can't imagine that separation; some consider themselves AP but transition into preschool with ease. We are all just doing our best, navigating the relationship to our children and to ourselves in our self-identity as mothers. The judgement is painful and divisive. Alanis identifies as an attachment parent; she nurses all night, she is attached to her baby and she had a long and challenging homebirth; please don't say she isn't part of the "club" just because she might have a paid caregiver; I don't know her schedule and her routine; everyone has their own relationship to this and it is often ever-changing. With love, Jessica
I have to agree with Penelope to some degree. One of the first things Alanis discussed in this interview was the challenge of spending enough time with her baby to feel "attached" vs. the time for herself to preserve her identity. I had to laugh. I didn't listen to the rest. Most of us moms don't have the choice of handing baby off to a nanny at any time we want. For me, I never really heard of the label Attachment Parenting until my first baby was about a year old. What an intense year that was, never to be away from him for more than hour! Celebrity moms with nannies can talk about Attachment Parenting all they want, while many of us regular moms just LIVE it, not even knowing it is spoken of as some kind of elite alternative lifestyle.
Jessica, I think you hit the nail on the head. As a nanny who has worked with mothers who practice attached parenting, I personally know it is possible to be an outstanding attached parent and still have a nanny. Not all nannies are round the clock or even full time. Many times I went along with mother and baby as an extra set of hands, and was there to help the older children's attachment lifestyle continue even with a new baby around. The schedules and lifestyles of everyone are different, but hiring a nanny in no way inhibits a family from practising attached parenting.
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Dear Jamie, I understand what you are saying. I, too, have been with my 3 kiddies round the clock since jump. Just so you know the context of "preserving the identity" in the interview: Sheryl's work has to do with transitions, grieving the "old" to embrace the "new,"; she had done a post-wedding interview with Alanis about the maiden-self vs. the married-self in terms of identity; this new-mom interview was also concentrating on this theme of forming a conscious-mother identity and honoring the "self of old" as you integrate the new. Sheryl is as AP as they come personally, and part of her work is to bring consciousness to what we may be holding onto in our old life that won't serve the transition, so that we can consciously let go and grieve, so that we can FULLY embrace the new role; a true surrender into motherhood (or wifedom, or moving or changing careers or ...) and then, as necessitated by the child or the work needs or whatever other factors are at play, integrating the mother-self into some sort of "whole-self." I hope this makes sense. I think for those of us that practice AP and didn't even know there was a name for it, we just "lived" it as you said and reap all the benefits therein. Others are intuitively called to AP but receive judgement from friends, family and relatives and then organizations, books, groups and even celebrity endorsement can be validating. Celebrities are "just people," and celebrities are not the only ones who have nannies, and lots of moms take time away from a daycare or relative; I'm trying to loosen the judgement about whether the care is paid for or not, and I say this as a mom who has never paid for care, never needing to be away for the first six years (not working) and then needing to work (started my own business from home from my laptop while nursing) and relying on neighbors, friends and family, god bless them! But, if I ever do need to pay someone and have the means to do so, I don't want to feel judged, and for my friends and clients who have nannies and consider themselves AP, I know the judgement has been painful for them. Love, Jessica
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