Non-fiction Review - Attached at the Heart by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker

Release Date - August 2013

Barbara Nicholson & Lysa Parker
HCI Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

One thing that I immediately noticed with Attached at the Heart is the writing style. This isn't a parenting guide that is written to sound more like a textbook than helpful guide, it's personable and engaging, even when numerous sources are given.

The book is divided into eight principles:

  • Charting a New Course
  • Prepare Yourself for Birth, Pregnancy, and Parenting
  • Feed With Love and Respect
  • Responding With Sensitivity
  • Using Nuturing Touch
  • Ensure Safe Sleep
  • Provide Consistent, Loving Care
  • Practice Positive Discipline
  • Strive for Balance in Your Personal and Family Life
Personally, I never saw the need for a parenting book. I went with instincts, and that suited me just fine. For many parents, I think intuition goes much farther than taking the advice of a stranger. However, I do have friends who would definitely benefit because parenting didn't come easy to them, so it's almost like they gave up trying. That's where I think Attached at the Heart really helps.

Do I agree with everything they say? No, but I do agree with a lot of what they say and feel that makes it a very worthwhile book.


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