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Can't believe the criticism November 07, 2006 12:05 AM

i live in Melbourne, Australia, where attachment parenting is receiving a very bad rap at the moment. There was an incredibly biased segment on a popular current affairs program, where they went as far as saying that it was "irresponsible", and even negligent!! What a load of crap!! Then tonight, i just saw part of an episode of a popular soapie ("Neighbours") where it was bagged, and controlled crying was pushed all the way!! talk about unbalanced - sorry but i am so furious right now. maybe i'll write a letter to the appropriate people who are responsible...  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 07, 2006 12:24 AM

Hi Nerissa~

I just wrote a letter this morning to a TV station here in Israel, not about what you're talking about, but because of a totally inappropriate ad for a TV show that was full of adult and borderline pornographic content and images on daytime TV.  My kids saw it and it was potentially very corruptive.  I urge you to write that letter!  Make your voice heard!

What aspects of attachment parenting were they blasting? 

Blessings and strength,  Janey

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 November 07, 2006 11:55 AM

That's just it, they picked out some of the "extreme" aspects of it, like breastfeeding a five year old and elimination communication (infant toilet training), and made out like that's attachment parenting - like every attachment parenting parent does these. And there was a family that had two beds for the children and adults (a form of co-sleeping). The child psychologist who was very "anti-AP" said that that was like 'elevating the child to partner status' - as if letting the child sleep beside you automatically means that you are now talking to them and relating to them like your partner?!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 07, 2006 11:57 AM

Thanks for the encouragement, Janey. I am definitely going to write those letters Nerissa  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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