In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep it to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

- Tao Te Ching -

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Why Attachment Parenting is increasingly important today.

Psychology Today's article entitled "The Decline of Children and the Moral Sense: Problems that used to be rare are becoming mainstream" describes why Attachment Parenting is important: positive outcomes for babies who  

• "nursed frequently;

• held, touched, or kept near others almost constantly;

• frequently cared for by individuals [adults] other than their mothers (fathers and grandmothers, in particular) though seldom by older siblings;

• experience prompt responses to their fusses and cries;

• and enjoy multiage [free] play groups in early childhood.

• along with natural childbirth

• and 2-5 years of breastfeeding...

...others are documenting the effects of these practices on child outcomes and finding relations to intelligence, cooperation, conscience, empathy, self-control, aggression and depression."

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