Pretty provocative cover for Time magazine, right? But I like it. The story details the rise of Dr. William Sears and attachment parenting, the parenting philosophy he created.
Now in case you’re unfamiliar, attachment parenting has three basic tenants: breastfeeding, babywearing and cosleeping. The overall idea is to foster as much physical closeness with your baby as possible to ensure he/she feels loved and wanted.
If you ask me, attachment parenting seems like the ideal. Why wouldn’t you want to be close with your baby? But some critics say Dr. Sears’ philosophy excludes working moms. How can I breastfeed on demand if I have a job?
The answer? You can’t, obviously. But that doesn’t mean you can’t adhere to the principles of attachment parenting when you are with your baby. I went back to work when my daughter was just 3 months old, but I “wore” her until my back could no longer handle it and we’re still cosleeping. Of course, people call me crazy and say I’m only making things worse for her, but it’s what feels right to me. And really, that’s what attachment parenting is. Trusting your instincts and doing what feels right to you as a mom. And right now for me, that’s snuggling with her in bed every night and waking up with her every morning.
What about you? What’s your take on attachment parenting? Are we in danger of raising kids who can’t be independent or will our children be better for all the love and physical contact? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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