I call BS if this thought has never crossed your mind. As parents, we make hundreds of decisions every day that impact our kids, and you can't help but wonder if some of the decisions you make, especially the ones that can be a bit controversial, have a negative impact on them.
I recently listed to an episode of the podcast Science Vs where they tackled the science behind Attachment Parenting.
Attachment parenting (AP) is a parenting philosophy that proposes methods which aim to promote the attachment of mother and infant not only by maximal maternal empathy and responsiveness but also by continuous bodily closeness and touch. Source.
In the podcast, they cover four of the principles behind attachment parenting which include Breastfeeding, Bed Sharing, Baby Wearing and the No Cry Method. Now I personally sleep trained the hell out of my kids, and while it turned out to be the best decision for me and my family, I definitely had moments of extreme guilt about it. Was I scarring my children for life? Will they think I don't love them? Fortunately this podcast provided scientific evidence of the contrary. In fact, Dr. Sears, one of the big advocates for attachment parenting, with all his years of experience, had little proof to support the claims that physical closeness and immediate responsiveness leads to healthier kids.
Whether you agree or not, definitely check out the episode when you get a free moment. Ha, free moment... I crack myself up.
But seriously, leave a comment here to tell me what you think! Do you practice attachment parenting? What's your parenting style? I'd love to know more!