Anyway, some people have since expressed their disdain for my disdain of attachment parenting. I forgive these folks for having been taken in by the babble; after all, some of the people dispensing it have impressive capital letters after their names and impressive academic credentials from places like Notre Dame. They are best-selling authors, pediatricians and directors of places with names like mother-baby sleep laboratories. They encourage mothers to “wear” their babies for up to a year, breast-feed until the third birthday, and basically devote every fiber of their beings to their kids, which is to say, said moms usually begin acting as if their husbands are characters in dimly-remembered past lives.
Attachment parenting babble qualifies as babble because there is no good science with which to support it. To be perfectly fair, there are people who run attachment parenting “laboratories” who would say they are doing good science, and I’m sure they believe they are. However, by “good” I mean research conducted by impartial people. The folks in question are not impartial; therefore, what they are doing does not qualify as good science.