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This review is from: The Baby Book (Sears Parenting Library) (Paperback)
This book is wonderful - not only is it an absolute encyclopaedia and packed to the gills with really practical information about anything you need to know about your baby, but their philosophy of attachment parenting is the most humane way of bringing up a child, that I've read about. Every other source of childcare advice (be it book or health visitor) is so quick to tell you to 'put your baby to bed when he/she is still awake and leave them there', 'don't demand feed', etc., etc. that you feel guilty if you want to behave otherwise. Reading The Baby Book stopped me feeling guilty for wanting to rock my baby to sleep or going to her as soon as she cried in the night, or even bringing her in to sleep with us. And the result - we have a fantastic little girl who has absolutely thrived on this sort of care. I also imagine that, having had eight children themselves, the Sears pretty much know what they're talking about. So if Gina Ford (who incidentally has no children of her own!) makes you despair, buy this book.
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Initial post: 28 Sep 2010 08:40:06 BDT
A. J. Bradbury says:
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2011 22:38:29 BDT
If you had any insight in scientific research done since the 50s, you would know that both short- and long-term effects of attachment parenting are well researched, and that it is recommended by psychologists. Whereas the traditional, victorian, methods are usually brought in connection with low self-esteem and even anti-social behaviour.
See Alfie Kohn's work if you require more information.
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