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Attached at the Heart: Eight Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Nicholson , Lysa Parker
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Attached at the Heart offers readers practical parenting advice for the modern age. In its most basic form, "attachment parenting" is instinctive. A crying baby is comforted and kept close to parents for protection. If hungry, he or she is breastfed. And while it is understood that there is no such thing as perfect parenting, research suggests that there is a strong correlation between a heightened sense of respect, empathy, and affection in those children raised the "attachment parenting" way.

In this controversial book, readers will gain much needed insight into childrearing while learning to trust the intuitive knowledge of their child, ultimately building a strong foundation that will strengthen the parent-child bond. Using the Eight Principles of Parenting, readers will learn:

  • How to prepare for baby before birth
  • Why breastfeeding is a must for busy moms
  • When to start feeding solid food
  • How to respond to temper tantrums
  • Sleeping safety guidelines and the benefits of cosleeping
  • Tips for short separation
  • How to practice positive discipline and its rewards
  • Tips for finding and maintaining balance
  • The benefits of using a baby sling and implementing infant massage
  • Tips on dealing with criticism from those opposed or unfamiliar with AP style
  • The dangers surrounding traditional discipline styles of parenting
Contrary to popular belief, "attachment parenting" has been practiced in one form or another since recorded history. Over the years, it had been slowly replaced by a more detached parenting style—a style that is now believed by experts to be a lead contributing factor to suicide, depression, and violence.


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About the Author

Barbara Nicholson holds a master's degree in education and specializes in learning disabilities. She has led parenting workshops for more than twenty-five years. Lysa Parker has a master's degree in human development and family studies, is a certified fam

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 810 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; Rev Upd edition (6 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ECI1YBK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, realistic, loving and very readable 1 Feb. 2010
Format:Paperback
Excellent introduction to AP for those new to it and equally helpful to parents already practicing AP as it reaffirms their approach in a helpful and insightful way. This is a warm and welcoming book, with excellent referencing and use of scientific-based research material. In line with the API approach this book covers the main principles of a close nurturing relationship including breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby-wearing and NVC (Non-violent communication). It does not cover things such as nappy-free, alternative nutrition, vaccinations etc and as such is a very uncontroversial book with the emphasis on how to be close to your child and how to make this as enjoyable and realistic for the family as a whole. There are lots of books on AP, I have found this one to be a the most helpful. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read 22 Feb. 2011
By S. Cody
Format:Paperback
Reading this book really made me feel more confident about my parenting choices. It is very easy to go along with the mainstream, but I as many mothers do felt instinctively that I should be caring for my baby in an alltogether more loving and caring way than is promoted by many parenting books. The 8 principles provide a foundation on which you can build your own parenting style, without the book being too pushy. I would recommend this book to first time mothers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read 17 Mar. 2014
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For all advocates of gentle parenting and positive discipline, this book is a must. It gives you great advice and support to go with your natural instincts and parent your baby and child in a more loving attached way. It goes into depth at all 8 principles of attachment parenting and dispels myths too. A book I will be referring to again and again.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent parenting guidance 20 April 2009
By cardencopy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Since I'm already an "attached" parent myself, and pretty well-informed on the subject, I sat down with this book the first time expecting to scan it and nod my head. Instead, I was quickly engrossed by the accessible writing style, friendly tone and heavy supportive documentation -- I couldn't put it down and read it through in a night. Besides having certain concepts reinforced, I learned more about why it's so important to choose a compassionate parenting approach to produce healthy, well-adjusted children, and why it's crucial for parents to keep their own 'tanks' full in order to do this. The authors address a myriad of concerns and help readers translate the philosophy into their daily practical parenting decisions. The information is balanced and presented in such a way that families can choose what works for them based not just on cultural programming, but on scientific research -- and, of course, their own heart's leading. It's also reassuring to know that the authors have raised their own several children according to these principles and have seen the positive long-term results. In a society that's not always supportive of taking a 'natural' approach, this book is like a friend and guide for the journey. I highly recommend it and will be taking copies to every future baby shower.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not another "how-to" manual 20 April 2009
By Adrienne Carmack, MD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is an amazing book written by the founders of an international parenting organization dedicated to raising children in respectful and loving environments. It's not a how-to book. It's a review of how recent parenting practices came about and have interfered with parents' ability to trust themselves and listen to their hearts and instincts when raising their children. The background information on techniques such as time-out and harsh physical punishment is extraordinary and eye-opening, as is the research on other cultures in which children are raised as equal human beings. A definite must-read for parents looking to find their way, to find true happiness in this greatest role of them all.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! Would recommend it to every parent! 31 May 2009
By M. Brhel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Attached at the Heart is a fantastic read -- a true guide for parents in learning how to raise their children to be confident, yet compassionate, adults without using many of the techniques so common in our society, such as letting a child cry herself to sleep, or using timeouts or spanking. Many people would refer to this approach as Attachment Parenting, but to me, it's just parenting...at least what real, healthy, loving parenting should be. This book teaches parents how to develop and maintain close emotional relationships with their children without losing the ability to teach our children boundaries. Yes, we can love -- and respect -- our children without spoiling them!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will revolutionize the way mainstream America treats its infants and children! 26 April 2009
By Maureen McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've believed in, practiced and promoted the principles described in "Attached at the Heart" for almost 30 years, but still have been fascinated by the new things I've been learning while reading this book. (I haven't read it all yet, but couldn't wait to tell the world how wonderful this book is!)...Mainstream American parents and professionals have been practicing for decades what I call the "Teach 'em to be independent from the day they're born!" approach, an approach that clearly has not been meeting the emotional and other needs of infants and young children. Depriving our infants and young children of the complement of emotional "nutrients" they need has contributed to many of our serious social problems, such as corporate sociopaths, violence, and addictions of all kinds: to alcohol, gambling, drugs, food, nicotine, dysfunctional relationships, work, thrills, etc. Research from various fields, including neurobiology, anthropology, psychology and primatology, has confirmed what the hearts of many parents have told them: that what a baby needs is an abundance of nurturing touch and consistent empathetic care, primarily from someone who is emotionally invested in the baby and with whom the baby feels safe and content. This book does an excellent job of presenting the art and science of attuned, respectful and responsive parenting and explaining how the principles help produce emotionally healthy, empathetic, joyful and productive members of society. "Attached at the Heart" is full of interesting and relevant quotes from parents and professionals, and at the end of each chapter one finds a wealth of recommended reading and research highlights. If I could give only one book to parents or professionals who work with families, this would be it! I recommend that you buy at least three copies to begin with: one for yourself, one to lend, and one to give to your public library or a professional you know. Let's get the revolution going! Maureen McCarthy (infant advocate, parent educator)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Research Backed Parenting Book I've Read 14 May 2012
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've read a lot of parenting books both as a parent and a child and adolescent counselor, this is by far the best book I can recommend. It is not a how to, instead it is a collection of the latest research on secure attachments and looking at ways to support parents in their journey of parenthood. Feeling a little lost and out of touch with your instincts as a parent, this book will not only help you trust yourself more, but it will provide you with the science that will make you critics back off.
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