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The Attachment Parenting Book:
A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby
by William Sears MD, Martha Sears

Great general guide to attachment parenting
Reviewer: A reader from Salem, MA

   This book is perfect for those interested in learning more about the wonderful philosophy of attachment parenting. While other books by Dr. Sears are more comprehensive, this is a great way to become familiar with his ideals. I recommend all of his books to new parents above any other author on the subjects of babies and parenting, and believe me, I have read them all!

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Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents
by Deborah D. Gray

A great book to help promote attachment in older adoptees,
Reviewer: Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald from USA

   This book is important for parents who adopt older children with attachment problems, or who have biological children with such problems. Some clinicians believe that the attachment formed to the mother or to some other consistently present person tends to endure and implies the formation of intra-organismic structures that won't go away even under the impact of adverse conditions. (See Ainsworth, Mary D. Salter. "Object Relations, Dependency, and Attachment: A Theoretical Review of the Infant-Mother Relationship." Child Development 40 (1969): 969-1025). If this is true, then parents who face this dilemma can learn with Deborah Gray's help to understand and validate their children's rage and grief, and then try to help them with the therapeutic techniques that in Gray's experience promote attachment and increase the likelihood of success during the course of therapy.

~ Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, author of Adoption: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed Practice? Reflections by an American adoptive mother on infant adoption, birth and reunion

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Bonding: Building the Foundations of Secure Attachment and Independence
by Marshall H. Klaus, John H. Kennell, Phyllis H. Klaus

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Editorial Review
From Library Journal

  Marshall, Phyllis Klaus, and John Kennell, authors of the classic Parent-Infant Bonding (1982, o.p.), do an amazing job with their latest title. The authors discuss the crucial bonding experience and the most important relationship in a child's life? That between parent and child. All bonding situations that take place during pregnancy, birth, and the early months of life are discussed. Studies cited in the book indicate that "well-bonded" babies, and even younger children (up to age seven), have remarkably higher test scores and better academic grades in school and are more successful overall. Must reading for new parents, this title will help to lay a secure basis for future independence of the child. This informative yet easy-to-read book is essential for all libraries.

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Broken Spirits Lost Souls: Loving Children With Attachment and Bonding Difficulties
by Jane E. Ryan

Sharing the Tears
Reviewer: Deb E. from Sargent, NE

   I've waited in anticipation for this book for quite a while! Very comprehensive! Very informative! Very necessary! Many parents of RAD children have spent countless dollars, years of energy, and sleepless nights trying to find support and understanding for these children and the plight of their families. And now our tears will be shared and understood. The actual sharing by parents will help to educate others about the enormous stress and heartbreak these children can introduce to families. And yet, Broken Spirits-Lost Souls provides access to strategies, therapies, and most of all, hope!

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