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Attached at the Heart: 8 Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children Paperback – 8 Oct 2009

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (8 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193527886X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935278863
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,344,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Attached at the Heart remains the most thorough and educational perspective and resource for parents interested in the principles and long-term benefits of Attachment Parenting. From decisions about birth to gentle discipline to staying connected throughout your children's life, this is the book every parent interested in any aspect of Attachment Parenting should have on hand."
Mayim Bialik, PhD, Actress, "The Big Bang Theory," "Blossom"" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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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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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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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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent parenting guidance 20 April 2009
By cardencopy - Published on
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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.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not another "how-to" manual 20 April 2009
By Adrienne Carmack, MD - Published on
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 18 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
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 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
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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)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it - affirming and encouraging guidance for a new parent 24 Mar. 2012
By J. Brown - Published on
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While I don't follow 100% of the AP principles, I found this book extremely encouraging and enlightening as a new parent. It helped me learn to trust my parenting instincts and follow those instead of what I regularly hear in modern culture. Related books I enjoyed were Beyond the Sling and Maternal Desire.
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