“Children reinvent your world for you.”
– Anonymous
   Psychology is and always will be close to my heart. Throughout my working career, I worked with young children.  Now that I am myself a mother, parenting and how this ultimately shapes children into adults has fascinated me even more.  One type of parenting, attachment parenting, has garnered much attention lately.  Many can probably remember the Times Magazine cover, May 2012, with a photo of a young mother breastfeeding her child who is standing on a footstool. The shock factor of the picture created a buzz around attachment parenting.

What exactly is attachment parenting?

      The term attachment parenting was coined by William Sears, a well known pediatrician, and has a basis on attachment theory.
      Attachment Parenting International, API,  (attachmentparenting.org) states that,The essence of Attachment Parenting is about forming and nurturing strong connections between parents and their children. Attachment Parenting challenges us as parents to treat our children with kindness, respect and dignity, and to model in our interactions with them the way we’d like them to interact with others.”  

API has 8 attachment parenting principles, which are:
1.) Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
2.) Feed with Love and Respect
3.) Respond with Sensitivity
4.) Use Nurturing Touch
5.) Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally
6.) Provide Consistent and Loving Care
7.)  Practice Positive Discipline
8.) Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life

      It is important to note that attachment parenting encompasses a wide range and can be interpreted in many ways.  The overall idea of attachment parenting appeals to me.  Nurturing and consistent care is important in developing a lasting bond with your child.  I also feel that setting boundaries and limitations are equally important, and others may not see this as part of attachment parenting.  Regardless of what parenting style one adopts, what I learned from my program is that a consistent, loving approach will typically lead to a psychologically healthy child.