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Attached at the Heart: Eight Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children Paperback – August 6, 2013
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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"
About the Author
Barbara Nicholson, MEd, CEIM, received a master's degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University and a bachelor's in education from North Texas State University, with Learning Disabilities certification from Texas Woman's University. Professionally she taught children with learning disabilities and has been a La Leche League International support group facilitator for over twenty-five years, educating and helping mothers with breastfeeding. In 1994, Barbara cofounded Attachment Parenting International (API), a nonprofit parent education organization, where she served as president of the board of directors for fifteen years. As API cofounder, she has given talks and conducted parenting workshops all over the country and internationally on attachment parenting issues. She is the mother of four grown sons and lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.
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All parents and caregivers should have a copy of Attached at the Heart, whether or not they are planning to practice attachment parenting. The book definitely, definitely has something for everyone, whether they are brand new to the notion of attachment parenting or whether they have been practicing AP for a long time. Even people who think they are opposed to AP practices would benefit greatly from reading.
Even beyond the usefulness of the content, Attached at the Heart is well-written. The book is very readable. It has a good combination of theory and practical suggestions. History is presented in a very interesting, engaging way. The content is well labeled and organized, and it is easy to navigate (the table of contents is thorough, etc.).
The vast majority of this book is very, very good, and it is a worthwhile read. There were a few things about the book that I did not really care for. They were more matters of personal preference than actual problems with the book.
To me, Attached at the Heart sometimes seemed a little too fluffy. There is a fair amount of commentary about world peace, and although I can imagine that children raised in a gentle manner do become gentle adults (which could look a lot like world peace), that isn't why I practice attachment parenting and it is not a style of book that appeals to me.
In the text, problems with AP were "resolved" with overly-simplified solutions, which frustrating for me as a reader and a new parent because it made me feel as if my problems were too difficult to resolve, even though I doubt that is actually the case. Two examples of this come to mind: Once, it discusses finding a solution if the husband doesn't want to co-sleep. Then, the authors suggest that the reason he doesn't want to co-sleep is probably because he is afraid that he will roll over the baby and why not just let the baby sleep on the other side of mom? (Easy peasy!) Well, but what if your husband doesn't want the baby in bed with you because he feels like she is already an intruder in our life, and also when she joins us in bed she wakes frequently which disrupts his sleep? Another time, somewhere else when the authors were resolving the problem of not being able to hold the baby all the time, it suggested getting help. Well, if my husband won't hold her and my mother-in-law has already done a ton for us, and I don't know any babysitters...who am I supposed to have help? Not everyone has someone who is willing to just drop everything and help out as often as a new mother could actually use some help!
My only other complaint is that the kindle formatting is a mess--footnotes jumble into the middle of pages, etc.
Overall, Attached at the Heart is an excellent resource. If you're considering it, I highly recommend it.
The Attachment Parent International website is great too. When I have questions I do a quick search on that sight for help.
We are such a happy "attached" family. I wish more people knew this way!
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.