What is Attachment Parenting?
"The long-range vision of Attachment Parenting is to raise children who will become adults with a highly developed capacity for empathy and connection. It eliminates violence as a means for raising children, and ultimately helps to prevent violence in society as a whole.
The essence of Attachment Parenting is about forming and nurturing strong connections between parents and their children. Attachment Parenting challenges us as parents to treat our children with kindness, respect and dignity, and to model in our interactions with them the way we'd like them to interact with others.
Attachment Parenting isn't new. In many ways, it is a return to the instinctual behaviors of our ancestors. In the last sixty years, the behaviors of attachment have been studied extensively by psychology and child development researchers, and more recently, by researchers studying the brain. This body of knowledge offers strong support for areas that are key to the optimal development of children." ~ Taken from Attachement Parenting International's website
The "Baby B's" as outlined in Attachment Parenting: A Common Sense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby by Martha and William Sears do an excellent job of illustrating these "areas that are key to the optimal development of children".
The Baby B's:
Bedding Close to Baby
Belief in Baby's Cry
Balance and Boundaries
Beware of Baby Trainers
I will address each of these in a different post where I plan to discuss the How-tos for both Mommy and Daddy, overcoming obtacles, the benefits, and the science behind them all.
If you are interested in learning more about attachment parenting I would highly reommend reading Attachment Parenting: A Commen Sense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby by Martha and William Sears.