Mr. Luciano interviewed Dr. Saul and Dr. Susan Markel, author of What Your Pediatrician Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Your Child to discuss a recent Time Magazine article that celebrated the 20th anniversary of Dr. William Sears’ The Baby Book in which he championed a concept of parenting called “Attachment Parenting”.
Dr. Markel and Dr. Saul emphasized that “Attachment Parenting” is a way of parenting such that children feel confident and self-assured, and that this does NOT involve meeting a child’s every whim.
During the interview, Dr. Saul discussed that parenting should not be about mothers feeling guilty for failing to maintain constant proximity to their children, and instead parents should be thinking about the importance of being attuned to their children when they ARE with their children.
Attunement involves a parent being responsive to an infant’s and child’s moods and emotions. Well-attuned parents detect what their babies are feeling and reflect those emotions back in their facial expressions, voices, and other behavior. Attunement can play an important role in helping children to recognize and regulate their own feelings.