BF – The print giant adresses the debate over attachment parenting with a bold cover image of a 26-year-old mom breast-feeding her almost 4-year-old son. The subjects on this week‚Äôs TIME cover aren‚Äôt models in pose. Jamie Lynne Grumet, photographed by Martin Schoeller with her 3-year-old son, is a mother from Los Angeles who subscribes to attachment parenting, the subject of staff writer Kate Pickert‚Äôs cover story. Attachment parenting has been on the rise over the last two decades, since the publication of The Baby Book by Dr. Bill Sears and his wife, Martha, in 1992. Its three main tenets are extended breast-feeding, co-sleeping and ‚Äúbaby wearing,‚ÄĚ in which infants are physically attached to their parents by slings.
Listen — I’m no parenting expert. I don’t have any kids, I don’t really want any kids, and frankly don’t even really like kids that much. But let me tell you this: having your kid still sucking on your hot tits at four years old is not the right way to raise him. ¬†It’s not. You already know how I feel about breastfeeding. This image — after my strange boner subsided — enraged me.
Attachment parenting sounds like the PC term for pussifying your children. Are you serious with these tenents, parents? Physically attaching your child to you in a sling for most of the day? Co-sleeping with them until they’re old? This will be culprit #1 when we try to figure out what happened as we’re all switching our first names and last names and praising the exalted leader of New China.
A generation of men raised like this won’t work. I’m not saying I know more about Attachment Parenting than what I just read in that paragraph, but there is something I’m sure of: this kid will never win a fight in his life.