Top 10 Radical Parenting Methods


Attachment Parenting

A baby's sleeping, emotional and feeding needs always come first with this approach. Popularized by the pediatrician William Sears and derived from psychological research on parent/child attachment, attachment parenting holds that children fare best when they've bonded early and well with a guardian, usually the mother.

Attachment parents abide by eight principles, which, according to Attachment Parenting International's Web site, are:

  • Prepare for pregnancy, birth and parenting
  • Feed with love and respect
  • Respond with sensitivity
  • Use nurturing touch
  • Ensure safe sleep, physically and emotionally
  • Provide consistent and loving care
  • Practice positive discipline
  • Strive for a balance in personal and family life

Critics say this child-centered approach is too hard on parents and can foster kids who are spoiled and demanding.