Attachment Parenting is Phase 1 of neuroscience based parenting. Avoid parenting pain with Phase II.
Attachment Parenting is the latest wave in child rearing fads. Yet the foundations of Attachment Parenting are actually based on real brain science. Find out how Attachment Parenting proves the neuroscience of raising a baby. Plus find out what ELSE you need to know to develop the rest of your child's brain and make the most of parenthood.
In the 1960s psychologist John Bowlby gave a name to the process that causes infants to recognize facial expressions, notice the emotions of others and develop compassion. Attachment Theory is a real process that happens in the brains of infants and newborns. Attachment Theory is a critical aspect of childhood development.
Brain development is part of the neuroscience of love and parenting, and science has proven enough about parenting and child development to round out the new Attachment Parenting fad. Huffington Post shared that Attachment Parenting is the lovely nurturing part of mom-ing and dad-ing that feels so wonderful. Yet, children need much more to develop healthy and effective brains.
Nurturing is Phase 1 of Attachment Parenting, and helps children develop some interactive and facial recognition structures of the brain. Children then look to parents to help develop brain structures to support complex social structures of the brain. Young children especially need help developing self-regulation so they can control anger and acting out.
A full picture of Attachment Parenting includes parenting skills to help little ones begin to control their feelings, develop compassion and gratitude, and learn to feel like an important part of society. Nurturing is an awesome start to Attachment Parenting...but the rest must soon follow.
As children develop into the toddler and pre-school years, their little brains need much more than just nurturing. Infants and toddlers must learn to control their emotions, use manners, and choose good behavior. These are critical emotional skills that are required for children to be happy!
Every great parents who uses Attachment Parenting wants the best for baby. Luckily, neuroscience can spare parents who do not know about the REST of Attachment Theory from some unwanted pain and sorrow. Attachment Parenting must include healthy social boundaries, rules for healthy happy living and opportunity for children to explore compassion.
The best time to incorporate Phase II of the Attachment Theory model of parenting is when a baby is about a year old. Parents who missed this milestone need not fear. Today is the PERFECT DAY to round out the Attachment Parenting Model to include awesome parenting strategies proven by neuroscience to produce healthy, happy, and developmentally sound humans!
Darleen Claire is a Parenting Expert with a background in Brain-Based Development, Clinical Mental Health, and Education. In addition to her online magazines, Darleen Claire provides support for parents with more challenging issues through small groups (online and telephone) and some limited personal sessions.
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