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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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
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
on May 31, 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 parenting...at 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
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! I recommend that you buy at least three copies to begin with: one for yourself, one to lend, and one to give to your public library or a professional you know. Let's get the revolution going! Maureen McCarthy (infant advocate, parent educator)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2012
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I have read many parenting books and guides, but Attached at the Heart is the one on my nightstand I refer to time and again! I believe it stands out amongst others because the authors are able to back up every suggestion they make with credible studies and research that point to the validity of what they are saying. This is so important as currently there are so many parenting guides and "gurus" publishing books that are not supported by current infant and maternal health research! I also found this book very useful in educating me more about The importance of listening to my own maternal instincts and backing that up when questioned by well meaning friends and family! I have given this book as a gift at the last 3 baby showers I attended! Highly recommend!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2009
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This book is an easy read with great tips for parents practicing attachment parenting. I felt it was most appropriate for infants vs toddlers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2013
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This is primarily a good book for someone who likes attachment parenting and wants to have some back up for why they follow the ideas. I It provides the theoretical foundation of the parenting approach and some studies to back up the approach. Its not really a how to book, so if you're looking for specific parenting ideas this might not be the best choice. But if you are looking for a parenting philosophy, this is a good one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2009
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Unlike most parenting books, Attached at the Heart encourages parents to get to know their own baby and follow the baby's lead in responding to his or her needs. For most of us, this means following our own instincts. Beautifully written and studded with touching stories from parents, the book is also extensively footnoted with a huge bibliography. The critical importance of early childhood development has been underscored by recent research, and Attached at the Heart has gleaned the latest research and blended it with the oldest wisdom - that of the heart. Encouraging and nonjudgmental, the book offers guidance and information for parents, professionals, and grandparents. It will make a wonderful baby gift or even a gift for a child's first birthday. I'll be buying more copies myself and encourage everyone to read this lovely, loving, and important new book.
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