Thank you Dr. Sears! Attachment parenting has been around since the beginning of time, but we have Dr Sears to thank for bringing it to the forefront of discussion with the many books he has published, which all rally around the belief in AP. This is a must-read for first-time moms, as well as a great book for moms with children. With how our society pushes mothers to create independence in our children from the second they are born, telling us if we don't they will be clingy, whiny brats with the inability to allow us mothers to go on with our own independent lives, Dr. Sears brings us back to the importance of holding, loving and nursing our children, impressing upon us how these are CHILDREN who NEED their parents. I've read this book and now purchased it as a babyshower gift.
I've read this, as well as other Dr. Sears books, and have been a firm follower in AP (all mothers do it to an extent). My daughter has slept in our bed since she came home from the hospital (which I said I'd never do), she was breastfed until 2 1/2 (which I said I'd do for only a year) and she has been carried every chance she had. As a result (at 3 1/2), she is one of the most independent, self-disciplined, empathetic, funny and well-behaved children you will ever meet. Please go on and read Dr. Sears' books on discipline and raising a succesful child. My success as a parent has been due to Dr. Sears sharing his philsophy that "discipline" means much more than "punishment".
All I've really done is follow my instincts. However, Dr. Sears helped me to put some of my instincts to action and helped me to understand why some of the parenting advice out there, that went against my mothering instincts, was not the right option. My friends who formula fed, let their children cry it out in their cribs and spank couldn't understand why their children where having throw-down kicking and screaming fits by the time they were two. Afterall, those are practices that society tells us is best. These mothers didn't realize they weren't listening to their children. Thank you Drs. Sears!