I'm in the any parenting is better than no parenting and who's to say I'm right and they are wrong group.
A coworker of mine is currently a guardian for an 8YO boy. They got him when he was 17 months. He has reactive attachment disorder (I could be mangling that). The gist is his mom had no contact with him when he was born, she slept all day and left him doing who knows what. She begged the state to take him; they told her family to help her and left the baby there. Finally the granny found my coworker and asked if they would take the baby. The coworker said they cannot show this little boy any affection. Absolutely no hugs, pats on the back, touseling of hair, nothing. If someone is unaware and does this, he goes nuts. All because his mom didn't love him when he was a baby.
We are so instrumental in molding our LOs. Hug your babies and look them in the eyes. That's what my coworker told me to do and now I'm sharing with you guys. This story has really bothered me. Something so small as a hug means so much. So hence my who cares about the clothes, car, bags, etc. attitude. View Thread
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