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At last! Newton’s Attachment Connection takes attachment and neuroscience into the mainstream of parenting and clinical practice, bringing clarity and insight to the often misunderstood world of family bonds. Using a sensitive combination of informative vignettes, lucid explanations, and developmental milestones, she deftly illuminates the nature of the bond that develops between parents and their babies and the profound influence which this bond will have on a baby’s ability to form secure attachments. As a therapist and academic, Newton’s comprehensive knowledge of the socio-emotional development of children shines through with intelligence, passion, humor, and sensitivity.
—Sir Richard Bowlby Bt., president of the Centre for Child Mental Health in London, UK



Drawing on the latest scientific research and her extensive clinical experience, Newton has written a practical guide for parents who seek to foster an attachment bond with their young children (infants through three years of age). Since a secure attachment forms the foundation for children’s later social and emotional development, this is must read book for parents.
—Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, professor of psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ, and cofounder and director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy



"[Ruth Newton] has written a valuable book..."
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Using the science that underlies more extreme approaches to "attachment parenting," The Attachment Connection helps parents sort out the facts from the fiction about parent-child attachment and shows how paying attention to the cognitive needs of a growing child can help him or her grow up healthy, secure, and confident.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245204
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is my first book review ever, because this book is so good I wanted other new parents to take advantage of it. If you are a data-driven person who wants to understand WHY and HOW you should parent, this book is it.

After reading it, I feel I have a strong theoretical framework that I can apply to my parenting, instead of blindly following rules of thumb. By offering real life and clinical examples of what can go wrong and what "right" should look like, Newton really is able to teach through this book. I also appreciated the easy reference sidebars that address specific issues (typical behavior and ideas for what I can do w/ baby) for each age group.

Two other notable sets of content: the book includes 1) good discussions on Dads and how they contribute to parenting, and 2) the last chapter on childcare. Although the chapter mainly says that there are a lot of open questions on the impact of different types of childcare on children's development, the fact that Newton addressed this question with the data available to date is super helpful and eye-opening.

I borrowed this book from the library first and have since bought a copy myself, as I can see myself referring to it from now (age 9 weeks) throughout toddlerhood. If you are a new parent, you know you get a ton of advice from every direction, this book is going to help you stay sane, centered, and confident about your actions and the choices you make.
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This is the best parent's book I have read, by far. Great real life examples that illustrate attached/secure child behavior vs traumatized/troubled. Excellent attention given the the why's behind creating a secure attachment with your child.

The book really opened my eyes to the importance of attachment, it seems like a given, but the author really digs into the psychological effect of failing to have that secure attachment. I've been doing a lot of therapy work and learning how addiction/self esteem issues/codependency can come out of failing to feel secure/loved/attached/worthwhile/valued. This book will help you create that secure attachment every child needs.

Some chapters are broken out by age pre-baby, newborn, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years and has suggested games to play with your little one, a section on milestones & brain development.

Loved this book, I am going to give it to my friend's who are expecting. There is a great section on father/mother relationships and pregnancy, going back to work and the psychological impact that all of these things can have on your child.
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Dr. Newton's book is a gift to anyone who wants to have a meaningful understanding about the importance of parental bonding and non-verbal communication with infants.
She has written a book that not only illustrats the life long impact and importance of the childs attachment to its primary care giver, but she gives the reader easy tools and methods to accomplsh the goal.
Her writing style is poetic and lyrical. A truly extraordinary read!
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This is an ideal book for both professionals and parents who want to understand the science behind their baby's brain development-and how this translates into every day interactions with your child. The author gives many case examples which help to illustrate the concepts. Reading this book can guide a new parents as they forge that essential first relationship with their baby. I am an early childhood consultant and found that while the book is steeped in well-documented research is is still accessible to the lay reader.
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During my doctoral psychology program I had the fortune of training under Dr. Newton's supervision at St. Vincent de Paul Village. I can personally say that she is very attentive in all she does & has a special love for her work in the area of early childhood development (0-5yrs). Working under her direction I learned about utilizing the concepts she perfectly outlines in this book. The knowledge & understanding you can gain from this book is life changing & I say that without hesitation.

When my sister became pregnant with her first child I bought her this book. She read it & I couldn't help, but read it as well. It was so helpful in those early months because, as we quickly learned there are so many misconceptions & many people seem to have opinions about how to raise a child. The book was so helpful in learning to tune out all the "noise" & bring attention to the biggest tool we all already have, but unfortunately have been taught to ignore. Responding to our natural instinctive feelings that arise when a child is crying out for something. We might not immediately know what the child needs, but key point is that without language & mobility an infant is fully dependent on the caregiver. Also, children don't come into the world with the notion of concepts such as manipulation. We hear things about not "spoiling" a child, letting him or her "cry it out, not carrying him or her too much, etc. However, if a child is crying out for something, by responding to the child's needs we actually teach him/her the skills to be able to moderate his/her own emotions in the long term & at the same time we let the child know that what he/she feels is valid & important. In the long term, this leads to confidence & independence.
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