Please enjoy this article on attachment parenting, I would love to hear your thoughts on this philosphy
Highlighting Attachment Parenting
The decision to follow the style of attachment parenting has become an increasingly popular choice among today’s mothers. Although attachment parenting has seen a recent gain in popularity, many mothers and mothers-to-be are unaware of the concept and how the parenting style compares to a more traditional style. It is helpful for many women to have an indifferent source to compare parenting styles so they can make the best decision for their family.
The main component of attachment parenting is focused upon the mother providing for the child’s basic needs while fostering a strong emotional bond beginning very early on. This style of parenting begins when a mother is pregnant and making decisions on her delivery experience. Deciding whether to use pain medications, whether to utilize umbilical cord blood banking and when and how many immunizations will be administered will all affect the delivery experience and how soon a mother can begin bonding with her baby.
These are some of the key elements of attachment parenting:
- The parent is encouraged to remain within close distance of their child during all tasks, including sleeping and feeding. Within attachment parenting, the mother’s role is to assess what is best for the child by responding to the child’s external cues. It is also her role to be seen as a nurturing provider to the child.
- Breastfeeding for how ever long the child desires is common. For example, if the mother doesn’t feel as though her child has expressed a need to discontinue breastfeeding, regardless of the child’s age, she will continue to breastfeed.
- Co-sleeping or bed sharing. To practice co-sleeping, the mother has the child in the same room using a bassinet for an infant or a bed for an older child. Bed sharing is simply the mother sleeping in the same bed as her child and is primarily encouraged while breastfeeding.
- When administering methods of discipline, the mother focuses on working on strategies to find a solution that benefits both the child and the adult, rather than focusing on consequences and punishment of the child. Harsh or physical discipline is not a tactic used by attachment parents.
- Reading a child’s behaviors and constantly promoting solid emotional development. This parenting approach primarily focuses on working towards a balance of responding to the child’s needs while still maintaining authority.
While the approaches of traditional and attachment parenting lack resemblance, both styles can create a loving environment for a mother to raise her child in. Whatever path a mother decides to choose when raising her child, it’s best to select the style that she feels most comfortable with. Both attachment and traditional parenting are practiced styles that produce happy children.
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