Independence Day for (R)evolutionary Parents

by Scott Noelle

Parents who practice attachment parenting (and other natural, child-honoring approaches) are often accused of neglecting their children’s development of independence. “You’ve got to teach them to sleep alone, to soothe themselves,” we are warned.

Strangely, these warnings usually come from the same folks who advise us to take swift disciplinary action the moment our children exhibit signs of independence, now re-labeled “disobedience.”

Thankfully, we have the reassurance of the Founding Mothers and Fathers of holistic parenting whose “spoiled” kids are growing up to be remarkably independent!

Today is Independence Day in America, so let’s write our own Declaration of Independence from the culture of alienation:

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Children are created Lovable, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Happiness of Parental Proximity....

Originally published on 2006-07-04
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