Time Magazine Cover Mom Jamie Grumet Defends Attachment Parenting
First Published: May 11, 2012 3:40 PM EDT Credit: Time Magazine
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Jamie Grumet has caused quite a controversy with her Time magazine cover, which shows her breast-feeding her almost 4-year-old son, Aram, something she told Access Hollywood she expected.
“We knew what we were getting into and [that] there would be a lot of backlash,” the 26-year-old mom explained.
“I understand where they’re coming from with that, so I want to say I really didn’t want to disappoint anybody with this, but I do understand why Time chose that photo. There were other photos that were more nurturing, kind of like our daily life, the way we do it. I don’t think it would have been quite as provocative,” she continued.
The mom said she sees a difference in her child compared to others, something she credits to her style of parenting.
“He’s a lot more compassionate than other children, he [uses] more reasoning,” she told Access, stressing how she sees Aram empathize with others.
Jamie is a second-generation attachment parent, as her mother breast-fed her until she was 6.
”[My mom] never made it a dirty act with us. It was never [a] secret, it was never dirty. It was out in the open. I think that’s where my own perspective and how I wanted to raise my children, is where it came from,” she explained “I’m kind of second generation attachment parenting.”
Dr. William Sears, author of “The Baby Book” and 30 other books on parenting, joined Jamie in the Access interview, and said Jaime’s choice to still breast-feed Aram was very acceptable.
“It’s not extreme. It’s very natural. It’s instinctual, it’s what a mother would naturally do,” he told Access, explaining that he sees long-term social benefits to the practice. “I have never yet seen a school bully, who has been attachment parented.”
Jamie’s attachment parenting also includes sharing her bed with her children
“My oldest son sleeps all night in his bed, and my youngest now, is almost four, will start sleeping in the bed, sometimes all night, sometimes half the night, and then comes in our bed, which is fine,” she told Access.
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