Attachment in Parenting

Attachment in Parenting
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The modern age parenting has come up with several new terms and these terms are redefining the concept of parenting. One such term we keep coming across is attachment parenting. This concept refers to fostering of a close bond between the baby and the parents. Famous American Pediatrician William Sears has coined this phrase of attachment parenting. As per this philosophy, during the childhood, a child develops very close bond with his caregivers, i.e., parents and this alone has a huge impact for the rest of his life. This principle emphasizes upon the need of parents being more sensitive towards the needs of the child and they must be emotionally available and accessible to the kid as and when required by him. If the child has not managed to get his share of attachment and emotional security, there are high chances of him developing an apprehensive mind that will lead to insecure attachments as adults. So from that perspective, attachment parenting aims at developing child’s secure attachment.

Attachment Parenting is based on certain principles. These rules define the strentgth of secure bonding. Eight principles are,

Practice Positive Discipline

Preparation for Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting

Feed with Love and Respect

Use Nurturing Touch

Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life

Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally

Provide Consistent Loving Care

Respond with Sensitivity

Now, these principles are subject to one’s interpretation. Parents should be very creative in understanding the needs of the child. Friendly care is of utmost importance in the development of a child. Respect and freedom are essential for good development of the child. It will help in maintaining a functional balance.