Last week I came across this artical, and I am convinced that most americans would benefit from acknowledging what it says.
When I remarried and had my third (DH's first) child I found myself on the receiving end of much well intentioned advice. I told my sweet MIL that I believed in attachment parenting, but "thanks though". Many "old school" parenting suggestions are mirrored in the above artical. "If they are fed and dry, and seemingly healthy, they should be in their crib". I am not going to bring this artical's message to my MIL's attention, because I know that her heart is in the right place and I want to cause her no distress. I did show it to DH and we had a cool conversation about what it meant to be a generation of people who were bottle fed, left in the crib and shamed and spanked as children. Our parents were also parented this way, of course. There is allot of healing to be done here, for most people and I just feel compelled to share this information with as many as possible. I would love to post it in every forum, because we need to recognize that we subconsciously carry the 20th century model of parenting (that we experienced) as normal. That naturally creates doubt. And doubt sabotages parenting. A cycle that can be broken.
On the bright side many of us intuitively know that these parenting practices are unhealthy and that is why so many of us are here, united in "Mothering". So I also, just wanted to share this artical which highlights the wisdom of parenting with a loving heart, and banishes the spector of last centuries parenting concepts. Our children are already healing the world.
The next artical, was really insightful, too.