How attachment parenting creates independent children

Wendy Walsh, PhD Parenting & Relationship Expert, shares advice for parents on how attachment parenting creates a secure, confident, and independent child.
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How attachment parenting creates independent children

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There is a funny myth about attachment parenting. People who don't understand it see you sleeping with your baby, breastfeeding on demand. I like to say as needed, not on demand, on need. And wearing your baby everywhere, and they're afraid that you are creating a dependent child, a child that can't live without you. Actually, you're creating a secure child who will be ready to leave your lap when they feel good. And they will feel good early because they've got lots of self-esteem, they trust you, they trust the world because their needs have been met along the way. In fact, pushing your baby or toddler away from you early creates a clingy child. So it's actually the reverse; that you're not creating dependency by practicing attachment parenting, you're creating security.

Wendy Walsh, PhD Parenting & Relationship Expert, shares advice for parents on how attachment parenting creates a secure, confident, and independent child.

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Wendy Walsh, PhD

Relationship & Parenting Expert

Dr. Wendy Walsh was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as co-host on The Dr. Phil spinoff, The Doctors TV show. She also hosts Investigation Discovery Network’s “Happily NEVER After,” as well as being part of Dr. Drew’s Behavior Bureau on HLN Network. On CNN and 9 Network, Australia, she breaks down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting and other human behaviors. Dr. Wendy is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at California State University, Channel Islands. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a Masters degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and is the author of three books and numerous publications, including The 30-Day Love Detox. She appears regularly on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Edition, The Katie Couric Show, Jane Velez-Mitchell, and The View.

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