When it comes to parenting, every mom has her own way of handling her children throughout baby development and beyond. Some prefer traditional techniques, while others employ unconventional methods that may be controversial (did you see Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her 4-year-old son on the cover of Time magazine?). In particular, researchers from the University of Mary Washington are looking into a trendy new child-handling style called attachment parenting.
A new study published in the journal Sex Roles reported that moms who consider themselves feminists are more likely to endorse attachment parenting practices, which include techniques that are more hands-on, avoid so-called negative discipline and focus solely on a child's needs. Specifically, the lead researchers wanted to see if such parenting choices were thought to be empowering or oppressive, and if feminist stereotypes - that they are anti-family and anti-motherhood, for example - were in any way true.
The main idea behind attachment parenting is that it's about forming and nurturing relationships between parents and a child, according to Attachment Parenting International.
Most Feminists Found not to Identify with Anti-Motherhood Stereotypes
After analyzing the survey responses of over 400 women, some of whom considered themselves feminists, mothers or neither, the authors found that feminists were more likely to support attachment parenting, when compared to women who didn't identify themselves as such. In addition, the researchers reported that most typical stereotypes surrounding feminist were incorrect.
"Our results suggest that the pervasive stereotypes that feminists are in opposition to romantic and family relationships are incorrect," said Miriam Liss and Mindy Erchull, the lead researchers of the study. "Our data indicated that feminist women are, indeed, interested in attachment parenting practices."
Do you know moms who practice attachment parenting? Do you agree or disagree with the method and why? Leave your answers in the comments section!