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Attached at the Heart: 8 Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children Paperback – October 8, 2009

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"Attached at the Heart remains the most thorough and educational perspective and resource for parents interested in the principles and long-term benefits of Attachment Parenting. From decisions about birth to gentle discipline to staying connected throughout your children's life, this is the book every parent interested in any aspect of Attachment Parenting should have on hand."

Mayim Bialik, PhD, Actress, "The Big Bang Theory", "Blossom"

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Barbara Nicholson holds a master's degree in education and specializes in learning disabilities. She has led parenting workshops for more than twenty-five years. Lysa Parker has a master's degree in human development and family studies, is a certified fam

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (October 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193527886X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935278863
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By cardencopy on April 20, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Since I'm already an "attached" parent myself, and pretty well-informed on the subject, I sat down with this book the first time expecting to scan it and nod my head. Instead, I was quickly engrossed by the accessible writing style, friendly tone and heavy supportive documentation -- I couldn't put it down and read it through in a night. Besides having certain concepts reinforced, I learned more about why it's so important to choose a compassionate parenting approach to produce healthy, well-adjusted children, and why it's crucial for parents to keep their own 'tanks' full in order to do this. The authors address a myriad of concerns and help readers translate the philosophy into their daily practical parenting decisions. The information is balanced and presented in such a way that families can choose what works for them based not just on cultural programming, but on scientific research -- and, of course, their own heart's leading. It's also reassuring to know that the authors have raised their own several children according to these principles and have seen the positive long-term results. In a society that's not always supportive of taking a 'natural' approach, this book is like a friend and guide for the journey. I highly recommend it and will be taking copies to every future baby shower.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Carmack, MD on April 20, 2009
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This is an amazing book written by the founders of an international parenting organization dedicated to raising children in respectful and loving environments. It's not a how-to book. It's a review of how recent parenting practices came about and have interfered with parents' ability to trust themselves and listen to their hearts and instincts when raising their children. The background information on techniques such as time-out and harsh physical punishment is extraordinary and eye-opening, as is the research on other cultures in which children are raised as equal human beings. A definite must-read for parents looking to find their way, to find true happiness in this greatest role of them all.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Brhel on May 30, 2009
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Attached at the Heart is a fantastic read -- a true guide for parents in learning how to raise their children to be confident, yet compassionate, adults without using many of the techniques so common in our society, such as letting a child cry herself to sleep, or using timeouts or spanking. Many people would refer to this approach as Attachment Parenting, but to me, it's just least what real, healthy, loving parenting should be. This book teaches parents how to develop and maintain close emotional relationships with their children without losing the ability to teach our children boundaries. Yes, we can love -- and respect -- our children without spoiling them!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Maureen McCarthy on April 25, 2009
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I've believed in, practiced and promoted the principles described in "Attached at the Heart" for almost 30 years, but still have been fascinated by the new things I've been learning while reading this book. (I haven't read it all yet, but couldn't wait to tell the world how wonderful this book is!)...Mainstream American parents and professionals have been practicing for decades what I call the "Teach 'em to be independent from the day they're born!" approach, an approach that clearly has not been meeting the emotional and other needs of infants and young children. Depriving our infants and young children of the complement of emotional "nutrients" they need has contributed to many of our serious social problems, such as corporate sociopaths, violence, and addictions of all kinds: to alcohol, gambling, drugs, food, nicotine, dysfunctional relationships, work, thrills, etc. Research from various fields, including neurobiology, anthropology, psychology and primatology, has confirmed what the hearts of many parents have told them: that what a baby needs is an abundance of nurturing touch and consistent empathetic care, primarily from someone who is emotionally invested in the baby and with whom the baby feels safe and content. This book does an excellent job of presenting the art and science of attuned, respectful and responsive parenting and explaining how the principles help produce emotionally healthy, empathetic, joyful and productive members of society. "Attached at the Heart" is full of interesting and relevant quotes from parents and professionals, and at the end of each chapter one finds a wealth of recommended reading and research highlights. If I could give only one book to parents or professionals who work with families, this would be it!Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on May 14, 2012
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I've read a lot of parenting books both as a parent and a child and adolescent counselor, this is by far the best book I can recommend. It is not a how to, instead it is a collection of the latest research on secure attachments and looking at ways to support parents in their journey of parenthood. Feeling a little lost and out of touch with your instincts as a parent, this book will not only help you trust yourself more, but it will provide you with the science that will make you critics back off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 6, 2012
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I already read many Attachment Parenting books and I found this to be the most comprehensive and concrete, offering many references to continue the reading. It really goes to the point. I liked it very much and enjoyed the way it is written and organized.

The only thing I didn't like was the emphasis in the risks of child abuse (I guess not many parents are looking at a book on AP if they actualy hit their children -or any other kind of abuse-) but it's probably better more than less on that subject, so it's fine.
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