Attached Free-Range Kids. It sounds like a contradiction. But is it really?
Attachment parenting is suddenly front and center, with everyone who has an internet connection or who ever goes into a grocery store buzzing about the latest TIME magazine cover. There have been so many amazing and thought-provoking responses to that cover that I don’t really feel the need to get into it here. Instead, I want to talk about how I see attachment parenting, and how it fits perfectly with another parenting philosophy, free-range kids.
I haven’t read the actual TIME article (because I’m not a subscriber and I don’t really feel like buying the magazine), but from what I’ve read about it, the article portrays AP mothers as frazzled and overly-committed to their children, and AP children as coddled and dependent. This is a common misconception, emphasis on the mis-. (And don’t even get me started on how TIME completely leaves fathers out of the equation. Score one for regressive parenting.)