attachment parenting


Definition of attachment parenting

: parenting of an infant that is characterized by highly responsive care and frequent close contact so as to aid in the attachment between infant and parent In its best form, attachment parenting produces secure babies and loving parents. In its worst, it inverts motherhood into a slavish duty where baby-sitters are viewed as suspect, cribs are considered cruel, and the child's needs always trump the mother's.— Mona Gable

Examples of attachment parenting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whether to have an epidural or natural birth, cloth or disposable diapers, breast or bottle, free-range or attachment parenting. TheWeek, "How pandemic judgment is reminiscent of new motherhood," 25 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of attachment parenting

1985, in the meaning defined above

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“Attachment parenting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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