61 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Sure it's the best approach to parenting, but do you really need the book?,
This review is from: The Attachment Parenting Book (Sears Parenting Library) (Paperback)
It's so ironic: attachment parenting has been around for thousands of years, but because modern parenting practice has screwed things up so royally, we now need to be redirected towards simple truths like: hold your baby, carry your baby, breastfeed your baby. (As opposed to: push your baby around in a pram, make them a separate bedroom or nursery, and feed them formula from a variety of heavily marketed bottles and other paraphernalia). So the Sears' approach is hardly rocket science, yet it's heralded as revolutionary.
The thing is, by the time you've heard the words "attachment parenting", you've probably come across the seven principles of this book. Even if you haven't, you can gather them by reading the back cover copy. This book is primarily for people that have really lost touch with their own intuitive understanding about parenting, and need a book to tell them what they already knew. Indeed, reading the other reviews on this site, it's obvious that the people who loved the book are those who say things like "it gave me the confidence to trust my own intuitions"; "confirmed all my ideas" etc. I prefer to buy books to teach me things I didn't already know, not confirm what I already did.
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Initial post: 27 Jul 2008 13:08:22 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2011 00:10:59 BDT
Basically this review is right. However there are so many mixed messages about parenting that I welcome any voice that encourages strong, natural and healthy attachment between baby and parent. Speaking as a psychologist the one most damaging thing that can happen in a persons life is the lack of a secure attachment in early life.
Posted on 5 Dec 2013 19:57:16 GMT
S. Davidson says:
Without books like this, stating what ought to be common sense I agree, all we'd have are the books trying to persuade you to ignore your instincts and attempt to train your baby to be convenient. I'm really glad there are more and more books in this vein appearing as these natural intuitive approaches to baby care are being supported by more and more evidence.
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