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Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child Paperback – August 1, 1999
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Information is provided in a well-organized format that parents will find useful. Common questions regarding some of Attachment Parenting's less orthodox tenets are answered, and each section of the book provides lengthy reading and resource lists, Web sites, and e-mail addresses. This book also provides a fairly broad discussion of how working parents can incorporate such a "high-touch" style of care into their busy schedules. The authors are sometimes painfully straightforward about the cost-benefit analysis parents must go through when deciding to work outside the home, but they do not patronize working parents by glossing over this difficult decision. They show how Attachment Parenting can be especially beneficial to these families and give advice on choosing child care, breastfeeding after returning to work, and the techniques for creating a breastfeeding-friendly workplace.
Given the overwhelming cultural paradigms that parents must resist if they are going to adopt this compassionate methodology, the book's sometimes defensive tone can be at least partially excused. As a whole, parents will find this a good overview of some compelling arguments for Attachment Parenting and a wonderful resource for delving deeper into the issues it addresses. How much of it they choose to integrate into their lives is, as the book emphasizes, their decision to make, with their baby. --Katherine Ferguson
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a GREAT book. Read all the reviews :-) And you won't be sorry if you buy a copy for yourself or a friend.
And then I discovered Katie's book and she reinforced all of our instincts! Whenever I have doubts (sometimes put upon me by society), all I have to do is re-read certain chapters or pages and it all comes clear to me again: my husband and I are the experts when it comes to our son. We should and will follow our instincts.
Yes, before reading this book, we had all the mainstream purchases: crib, swing, baby bucket, baby bouncer seat, stroller. And we did use those items a few times, but not to the extreme that we've seen other parents, leaving baby alone for long periods of time. Our son has grown into a happy and healthy toddler and we owe a lot of it to being so Attached!
The only thing I felt was missing in this enormously helpful book was an index. There's so much information here and it is a book readers will return to again and again, so it would have been nice to make it easier to find specific topics. That said, the detailed table of contents was very helpful.
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patronizing, rude, oversimplified. the matter is presented simply as if you do not do exactly what the author does you child will end up scarred for life - there are literally... Read morePublished 19 months ago by nitz
I was interested in finding out more about attachment parenting and chose this because of the positive reviews. The information was helpful. Read morePublished 23 months ago by CA MANDY
Great book with a lot of important messages, but I wish someone would take the time to give this another edit and to update the resources section. Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by Maria
I was so excited to read "Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child" that I overlooked the negatives comments some reviewers left about this book. Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by Bookgirl
I resonated with each word of this book. True, attachment style parenting can also be called intuitive parenting - but so many of us do not listen to what our hearts tell us or @... Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by fearless mum
Every parent should read this book no matter how old their children are or whether or not they've begun creating a family. Read morePublished on November 2, 2011 by Channing Quinn Carter
The author herself placed this book in my hands. Sorry to say it just isn't that good. The writing doesn't flow for me. Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by mdarr
What is more important than getting your child through the teen years. Isn't that, in the end, the single most important stage -its when your child begins thinking for himself and... Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by Myrtle Wilson