Oaktreemama, how did you choose the 1950s and 1960s as the date of origin for Attachment Parenting? I think some of the ideas people associate with AP, like gentle discipline, do have their origins in that period--mainly the writing of child psychologist Haim Ginott. I'm just curious about how you came up with that as the date, when many people here are more influenced by later writing--Sears, et.al.
I also have to agree strongly with riverscout that many ideas of "modern" parenting in the 20th century were cold, and worse than cold, extremely damaging if implemented in the way experts advocated. (I gratefully suspect that mostly, they weren't!)
Take scheduled infant feedings with formula, for example. I think we have more than adequate evidence that breastfeeding has benefits for mother and baby and that scheduled feeding and parent-directed feeding may teach an infant to ignore his or her own hunger cues. We also have a tendency to mock excessive devotion to health food and organically grown food, but this seems to me a reaction to revelations about the damaging impact of toxic pesticides and the ways processed foods have removed necessary nutrients.
There are sometimes people on these boards whose parents hit them when they were growing up, or neglected them in various ways. I don't think the turn toward AP is only a romantic, backward-looking phenomenon. It's part of a multi-faceted search for a connected and wholesome way of life. In many ways, I honor and love people who are willing to be a little absurd in search of the best life for their children.