Last week Time magazine cause quite a stir with their coverstory feature on attachement parenting (so much of a stir that actor Jason Biggs and his wife jokingly recreated the Time magazine attachment parenting coverphoto for sharing on Twitter) and today we learn a bit more attachment parenting news. It turns out that singer/songwriter Alanis Morrisette is a proud attachement parent. In a new interview, she expresses how important it is for her to continue to breastfeed her 16 month old son Ever Imre.
Alanis Morissette has revealed she still breastfeeds her 16-month-old son Ever Imre and has no plans to stop any time soon. The 37-year-old singer – who is married to Mario ‘Souleye’ Treadway – believes attachment parenting is important for her child’s well-being. She believes it will help his long-term emotional welfare – and prevent the need for therapy in years to come. She said: ‘I’m an attachment parent. I breastfeed and I’ll be breastfeeding until my son is finished and he weans. I think it affords the child, when he grows up, to have a lot less therapy to go to. For me, I protect his safety and his well-being and his attachment. That stage of development is a very important stage’ … She told Access Hollywood: ‘We’re definitely skin-on-skin connected as much as possible.’ However, despite her dedication to attachment parenting – which encourages constant contact between parent and child – the Ironic hitmaker insists it doesn’t stop her finding the time to be intimate with her husband. She said: ‘He’s a very robust virile man. You gotta take care of your husband.’ Alanis recently revealed she installed a recording studio in her home when working on her new album Havoc And Bright Lights because she didn’t want to be too far away from her son.
Honestly, it doesn’t surprise me in the least to learn that Alanis is a staunch believer in attachment parenting. I honestly cannot say one way or the other if attachment parenting is a good or bad thing but I do believe that however a mother chooses to parent is the right thing for her and her child. That said, I must admit that it seems TO ME that too much coddling of a child might lead to problems later on down in life. Children who aren’t allowed to learn independence might become too reliant on others … and on their mothers especially. It sometimes seems TO ME that it’s the mothers who get the most out of attachement parenting (ie. they aren’t ready to let go of their growing babies so they try to baby them for as long as possible?). But, again, far be it for me or anyone else to tell a parent how to nurture their children. It’s a fascinating topic, I must admit. Say what you will about that “controversial” Time magazine photo but it really did spark a hearty conversation in our popular culture.