Where Attachment Parenting Ends and Responsible Parenting Begins
Clinical psychologist Dr Laura Markham explores what attachment parenting is, and the best way to do it to reap all of its benefits.
Should you raise your child with attachment parenting principles? Research shows that babies thrive when their attachment needs are met, so the answer is clearly yes, if we define attachment parenting as responding to the baby’s need for connection. But as a psychologist, I’m concerned by how controversial the idea of attachment parenting has become. Of course you want a securely attached child, but are there specific rules that will help your child develop into one? And does that mean you can’t set limits? Let’s define our terms.