Anyone who has spent time caring for a toddler knows at least one thing about this stage of childhood: when it comes to emotions and behavior, chaos often seems to be the rule rather than the exception.
Is it possible for your baby to become too attached to you? That’s the question many parents may find themselves pondering at some point during their child’s first years. Mothers and fathers can often confuse being attentive to a newborn or toddler’s needs with smothering or spoiling the child.
When Memphis police officers answered a complaint call about loud crying babies, they could hear them as soon as they got out of their patrol car.
For almost a decade, my work at The Urban Child Institute has involved extensive research on early childhood development, from the importance of prenatal care to the benefits of shared book reading for kindergarten readiness, and just about everything in between.
As parents, we have a host of tools at our disposal to help us navigate the important early years of our children’s lives. We have parenting books, magazine articles, online guides, and even smart phone apps for some tasks. In addition, we have a network of pediatricians, teachers and fellow parents to share knowledge and advice.
Just like Barry White said in his 1974 hit, babies "Can't get enough of your love." The more attention and affection your infant receives, the more likely he is to grow into a well-adjusted child and adult. In order to reach his potential, he needs all the love you can give him.