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Studies in the 1950s revealed that young children hospitalized without their parents respond first by crying for them, then by showing signs of despair, and finally by emotionally detaching from the parents and acting indifferent to their absence. This detachment is hard to repair and highly detrimental to a child's development-most children who feel they cannot rely on their parents grow up to become more emotionally insecure and less self-assured than their peers.

The Attachment Connection sorts out the facts from the fiction about parent-child attachment and shows how paying attention to the emotional needs of your child, particularly during the first five years of development, can help him or her grow up happy, secure, and confident. You'll discover how your child's brain is developing at each stage of growth and learn to use reasonable, easy-to-implement guidelines based on sound science to foster secure attachment, healthy social skills, and emotional regulation in your child.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245204
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

A life changing book that every parent should own.

6 people found this helpful.
 on October 27, 2014
By Aracely Lopez
During my doctoral psychology program I had the fortune of training under Dr. Newton’s supervision at St. Vincent de Paul Village. I can personally say that she is very attentive in all she does & has a special love for her work in the area of early childhood development (0-5yrs). Working under her direction I learned about utilizing the concepts she perfectly outlines in this book. The knowledge & understanding you can gain from this book is life changing & I say that without hesitation.

Scholarly but reader friendly

2 people found this helpful.
 on September 6, 2012
By Kids are my business
This is an ideal book for both professionals and parents who want to understand the science behind their baby’s brain development-and how this translates into every day interactions with your child. The author gives many case examples which help to illustrate the concepts. Reading this book can guide a new parents as they forge that essential first relationship with their baby. I am an early childhood consultant and found that while the book is steeped in well-documented research is is still accessible to the lay reader.

Good, but not perfect

One person found this helpful.
 on June 11, 2014
By Mila
Personnaly, the real life family stories in this book made me feel uncomfortable. They are all very black and white.

Great insight and answers…

One person found this helpful.
 on July 22, 2013
By C. Young
As to why this type of parenting works and what makes it great. It helps explain the motivation behind attachment parenting as well as the relevance to the child’s growth and nurturing. While I don’t like to label my style of parenting, this is as close as it gets!

Excellent book! I wish every parent could read it

 on July 24, 2014
By RobynD
Excellent book! I wish every parent could read it. The theories are sound; they have been researched and have been proved. Children aren’t born with instruction manuals but this book is a good start! 🙂

Life changing

One person found this helpful.
 on June 14, 2015
By Artemisia
Every new parent should read this. I am so glad I was recommended it by a friend now that my baby is only a few months old. My spouse and close family members are also currently reading it.

Easy to put into practice

One person found this helpful.
 on March 14, 2014
By Lisa WF
As a psychology student and caregiver who sees Attachment Theory tested and used in many ways, I knew that there was some great information in here for parents who you are afraid might inadvertently suck as parents. It’s true and I have gifted it TWICE.

Five Stars

 on August 2, 2017
By Alexis
Came in great shape!

Up to date, easy to read, practical

 on March 25, 2013
Much of the research in this book is current. Dr. Newton is methodical in her presentation and gives useful, useable information for both parents and professional working with children or families.

Great book for parents

2 people found this helpful.
 on September 15, 2013
By karabean
I am a child and family development student and had to read this book for one of my classes. It is a great book for any parent to read to learn how to relate and interact with their child in a way that will positively impact their child’s social and emotional development.