What does the term “Attachment Parenting” mean to you? What thoughts does it conjur up in your head? I must admit that the term has always brought images of hippies to my mind. Hippies who let their babies completely control every moment of their days. I know, it’s silly. I’m sure others have the same type of images pop into their heads when they hear the term “natural birth”. I’m just being honest here.
What is Attachment Parenting? According to Wikipedia…
Attachment parenting, a phrase coined by pediatrician William Sears, is a parenting philosophy based on the principles of attachment theory in developmental psychology. According to attachment theory, the child forms a strong emotional bond with caregivers during childhood with lifelong consequences. Sensitive and emotionally available parenting helps the child to form a secure attachment style which fosters a child’s socio-emotional development and well-being.
Well, that’s not so scary! Maybe the “lifelong consequences” part is a little bit scary, but we already knew that what we do as parents affects our children in the long term.
Still, I didn’t really grasp what the theory looked like in real life until I read an eBook called Finding Balance with Attachment Parenting by Andrea Olson, M.A. Andrea wrote this book for a reader who is already committed to attachment parenting, but as someone who is not very familiar with the theory I found the book to be really informative. It’s a 59 page book that is written in a casual (actually it’s pretty funny at times) style. The book explains each of Dr. Sears recommended principles (the Baby B’s) as well as providing guidelines and suggestions for incorporating them into your life in a balanced way. In other words, how to use attachment parenting without driving yourself crazy. Finding Balance with Attachment Parenting can be found here in a digital book format as well as an audiobook format (running time 1:20).
Do you want to know what’s funny? With each baby that I have had I have moved closer and closer to the attachment parenting lifestyle, and I didn’t even know it!
By the time my third child came I was practicing the Baby B’s, not even knowing that this was what I was doing! How’s that for irony?
If you’re curious about attachment parenting, or you need to find some balance in your attachment parenting lifestyle, then I highly recommend this book. It’s a fun and informative read, and this week you can purchase it as part of the Natural Mothering EBook Bundle, a collection of eBooks and products for the naturally-minded mother.