5 Attachment Parenting Tips That Will CHANGE Your Family's Life

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Are you lost in the maze of attachment parenting, suffering through pain and frustration at every turn? Are your children interfering in your relationship with your co-parent? Are your children talking back? Having tantrums? Unable to settle down for sleep at night?

Huffington Post reported that many parents are suffering from an incomplete Attachment Parenting [AP] model. Stop the insanity with 5 awesome Attachment Parenting tips:

1. Co-Parents.

Based on Attachment Theory, AP is more stable in a family with co-parents who are in a strong relationship. Co-parents must learn to nurture their children in an environment that rests on the firm foundation of co-parent love, commitment, and passion.

2. Development Of Skills.

Attachment Theory explains how children learn to development relationship skills, trust, social skills, and a healthy sense of boundaries. In addition to closeness and cuddling, AP also requires that parents set healthy boundaries and teach good social skills.

3. Complexity.

Attachment Theory demonstrates how the infant brain becomes more complex and specialized every moment of infancy. AP requires that parents help infants and young children explore self-soothing, self-awareness, and compliant behavior in order to develop critical brain centers.

4. Parents Are The Models.

Parents are powerful forces of modeling and teaching in AP. Parents must demonstrate solid self-care, safe rules, and healthy boundaries so children learn how to become happy and effective individuals.

5. It's NOT Just For Early Childhood.

AP is not an early childhood model. Healthy attachment develops in increasing complexity and depth over the entire lifespan. Parents must prepare to hold the line on nurturing and gentle care while also maintaining a healthy and nourishing family environment.

Attachment Parenting is a time honored tradition that has been recently revitalized by Dr. Sears's books. Unfortunately, the popular AP model is woefully incomplete. Attachment development is a highly complex process that requires so much more than just cuddling, loving, and co-sleeping.

Join us as we journey into the labyrinth of AP in a series of articles that will clear up the confusion and help guide parents who feel lost in the maze. The great news is that the way out of the AP maze follows a path of highly researched and evidence based child rearing practices that align with brain development of children.

So love your children with all your heart and be ready to set healthy limits and teach great skills to your baby and child to give the gift of developmental health and Attachment Formation.

Darleen Claire is a Parenting Expert with a background in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Exceptional Student Education, and Brain-Based strategies to promote healthy development. She consults with traditional, nontraditional, and Attachment Parenting families who may also homeschool or care for special needs children, including RAD and DSED.