Attached at the Heart: 8 Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children.

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Barbara Nicholson; ATTACHED AT THE HEART: 8 PROVEN PARENTING PRINCIPLES FOR RAISING CONNECTED AND COMPASSIONATE CHILDREN; iUniverse Star (Parenting) $23.95 ISBN: 9781935278863

Babies cannot be spoiled. In fact the more that babies are carried held and nurtured emotionally and physically the more secure and healthy they will be. This is part of the simple practical advice offered by child experts Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker co-founders of Attachment Parenting International.

Attached at the Heart includes eight principles for raising connected and compassionate children plus numerous tips and suggestions that should be copied and placed on family refrigerators for daily reference.

Nicholson and Parkers well-documented and researched book promotes the necessity for parents to literally attach to their newborns. The authors write that attachment parenting is designed to simulate the optimal development of children. It calls for a new consciousness in childrearing and encourages parents to learn to trust their intuitive knowledge of their child. This knowledge leads to the development of a foundation of trust resulting in empathy and compassion.

Parentalchild attachment should begin before birth and attachment parenting is incorporated into sleeping eating and play rituals.

The authors document how other cultures raise their children in extended village families where the baby is always attached to someone giving them security. This is compared to many American families where infants are placed in daycare and may lack essential touch and bonding. Baby slings gaining in popularity in this country are more than a convenient method of carrying the infant in a grocery store or on a family hike. Slings are a significant part of bonding the baby to its parents.

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