attachment parentingJoe Segen2016-11-14T19:41:34+00:00
child and carer demonstrating aspect of attachment parenting
A parenting style championed by paediatrician William Sears, which is based on the attachment theory of developmental psychology. Per the attachment theory, a child forms strong emotional bonds with caregivers during infancy with lifelong consequences.
Sensitive and emotionally available parenting helps the child form secure attachment which inform a child’s socio-emotional development and well-being. Reactive attachment disorder results when the child doesn’t form attachment.
Questionable components of attachment parentinginclude on-demand breastfeeding, allowing ad lib snacking and scheduling the parents’ life around the infants’ whims without enforcing schedules.