Attachment Parenting

What is Attachment Parenting?

Attachment Parenting is the practice of raising children in light of John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory, which emphasizes the child’s experience of a “warm, intimate and continuous relationship with his mother (or permanent mother-substitute) in which both find satisfaction and enjoyment.” Since 1951, Bowlby and other notable child development researchers such as Mary Ainsworth have explored the nature of parent-child interactions that produce a “secure base” from which a child can confidently explore the world.

The term “Attachment Parenting” was coined by the pediatrician William Sears and his wife, Martha Sears R.N. to connote parenting practices observed in the parents of healthy, happy, well-adjusted children in Dr. Sears’ pediatric practice. The founders of Attachment Parenting International, Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, have synthesized the observations of the Searses and others with the results of thousands of studies from the fields of child development, psychology, anthropology, neurophysiology, and related fields, based on Attachment Theory, into API’s Eight Principles of Parenting.

Monterey Bay Parenting is a local parenting support group based in Santa Cruz, California. In October 2010, we formed the group under the name of Monterey Bay Attachment Parenting International. On our fourth anniversary, in October of 2014, we changed our name to Monterey Bay Parenting.

We provide platforms for attachment-minded families to connect around the Monterey Bay, from Santa Cruz to Carmel.