What Is Attachment Parenting & Is It Right For You And Your Baby?
Many people will tell you Attachment Parenting is a wonderful new system of parenting but Dr William Sears coined the term 25 years ago. It is by no means a new system.
As a practicing Pediatrician he was making an observation based on the way mothers in some cultures parent their babies in the same natural and loving way that was practiced for thousands of years by our forebears. This method of parenting helped to develop strong and loving bonds between parent and child. He did not start the Attachment Parenting method he was simply making an observation.
It has long been recognize and accepted that it is vital for a child to establish a strong emotional bond between baby and care giver. This bond is needed for the socio-emotional development of the child.
The system of attachment parenting means the parent is with the child constantly. They carry their baby in a sling or baby carrier while they go about their daily chores or shopping, the baby sleeps in bed with the parents and is breast-fed well into their toddler stage.
These parents try to shield their child from disappointment. They want their child to be happy and they try to shield them form having any negative experiences. Their baby is viewed as their friend and companion.
There are many supporters of this form of parenting but there are also many people who are expressing their doubts about it. These people believe the parents are not preparing their child for the real world and are setting them up for failure.
They believe that the role of a parent is to prepare the child for life and life is not perfect.Read more