Some believe that the best way to achieve the proper fit between parents and child is to practice a parenting style called attachment parenting. This style is a way of caring that brings out the best in parents and their babies. It is, in fact, only recently that this style of parenting has needed a name at all, for it is basically the commonsense parenting we all would do if left to our own healthy resources.
Some Questions You May Have
When parents-to-be are told about attachment parenting, they react pretty strongly — often with relief. Attachment parenting is, after all, commonsense parenting. But even parents enthusiastic about attachment parenting are often a bit leery, probably because this style of parenting is rather foreign to the fear-of-spoiling mind-set we’ve all been exposed to. Here are answers to some of the questions asked most often.
Attachment parenting sounds exhausting. Is it one big give-a-thon?
Attachment parenting may sound difficult, but in the long run it’s actually the easiest parenting style. Initially, there is a lot of giving. this is a fact of new parent life. Babies are takers, and parents are givers. But a concept you should appreciate, and one that is emphasized, is mutual giving — the more you give to your baby, the more baby gives back to you. This is how you grow to enjoy your child and feel more competent as a parent. Remember, your baby is not just a passive player in the parenting game. Your infant takes an active part in shaping your attitudes, helping you make wise decisions as you become an astute baby reader.