Provocative Time Magazine Cover Examines ‘Attachment Parenting’

The cover of this week’s Time magazine features a 26-year-old mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old son under the headline “Are You Mom Enough?”  As MediaBistro.com reports, “The feature inside Time is about Dr. William Sears, the man credited with starting ”attachment parenting,” but Time obviously knew this cover was much more attention-grabbing than putting him on the front. Mission accomplished.”

Time’s website, which makes the article available to subscribers, has this note from author Kate Pickert:

As the author of 40-plus books on parenting and pregnancy, Sears is a familiar figure to many American mothers and fathers. Some parents subscribe to his theory that attachment parenting — characterized by extended breast-feeding, co-sleeping and wearing your baby in a sling across your body — is the best way to raise confident, secure children. Others think Sears is an antifeminist tyrant, or that his ideas are just totally unrealistic.

Image via http://healthland.time.com

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  1. by The Mommy Psychologist

    On May 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Do you think it’s possible that we could spend just as much time and energy warring about the real problems that negatively affect children? What about the kids who are sold for drugs or living on the streets? What about all of the children that go to bed hungry and starving every night or scared of the abuse they know will be coming after they fall asleep? Can we just take a moment and focus on some of the real parenting problems that exist and are worthy of our attention? I have a perspective shift here:
    http://www.themommypsychologist.com/2012/05/08/what-are-the-real-parenting-problems/

  2. by Young Doctors

    On May 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Perhaps breastfeeding a 3 year old is taking it too far to be honest. I don’t understand why they couldn’t have put a photo of a 1.5 year old or something that is more realistic and healthy. In Islam, it is actually very much encouraged to the point of obligation that that a child is breastfed for 2 (arabic calender) years – the health and psychological benefits of that is unmeasureable! Anything beyond that is in fact discouraged as it has been said ‘bad’ for the child with a negative effect. What kind of negative effect we still don’t know, whether there is something in the milk that is not good or whether its psychological. Having said that anyway, where I am from, Kuwait, 90 to 95% of the mother REFUSE to breastfeed! Sad….

  3. by olivia

    On May 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    So you find this provocative???? No offense but are you sick in the head? Anyone who thinks this provocative is a pervert….just saying. Why don’t we focus our attention more on the real bad parents rather than the ones trying to do their best for their children .

  4. by Joyce

    On May 25, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Whoever thinks this is sexy in anyway it’s a sick pervert. This woman despite being decent looking does not look sexy at all. Nor she looks hot, or anything like that.

  5. by lp

    On May 31, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    That child looks a lot older than 3, more like 5-6…and anyone who is breastfeeding at 3 or older has mental issues.

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