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There's nothing new about Attachment parenting; parents have been doing it naturally for as long as humans have existed. Attachment parenting is based on responding to a baby’s needs, which in infancy include staying in very close proximity to the parent. Once the baby learns that her caretakers are reliably nurturing and protective, she builds on this internal security as she proceeds to the next developmental tasks of exploration, mastery of the environment, and forming relationships with others.

Attachment parenting is now supported by an impressive body of academic theory and research, but the basic idea is simple and intuitively obvious. Human babies are born helpless because of their big brains. To survive, they need parents to keep them from harm’s way for many years, and to teach them survival skills. So all humans are born seeking close attachments.

Our brain development, our emotional development -- even our later ability to control our tempers and delay gratification -- all depend on having our innate relationship needs met as infants.

The Attachment Parenting philosophy arises from actual research; both longitudinal studies of children and their parents, and advances in understanding infant brain development. But Attachment Parenting is not a set of rules, and every parent uses it a bit differently. Parenting is an art, not a science. As always, use your own deepest wisdom to decide what's best for you and your family.


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Here's how to get your child to take in what you say, and act on it.

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What your kids need from you is your full attention and empathy. That's what deep listening is.

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How to Turn Tough Conversations Into Learning Opportunities

Starting out on the offensive will only slam the doors of communication. If you can control your emotions and keep the situation safe, your child may be able to start sharing.

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Secrets of Closer Communication

Want your kids to tell you what's going on in their lives? Start by making these six commitments.

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Foolproof strategies to build trust and get your child to talk with you about what matters to them.

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Use Crisis to Connect More Deeply with Your Child

Every crisis with your child is also an opportunity to connect more deeply, teach problem-solving, and show him how to manage upsetting feelings.

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