attachment parenting

noun
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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

First Known Use of attachment parenting

1985


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