Attachment parenting (AP) is a parenting philosophy that proposes methods which aim to promote the attachment of mother and infant not only by maximal maternal empathy and responsiveness but also by continuous bodily closeness and touch. The term "attachment parenting" has been coined by the American pediatrician William Sears.
In family sociology, attachment parenting is considered to be the most striking manifestation of intensive mothering resp. New momism. The doctrine has hence been targeted by criticism from a host of objectors....LESS