Do you remember crawling into bed with your parents when you were young? If so, you probably also recall them kicking you out, saying things like “you're too big now” or “you have your own bed.”
Who can blame them? Now that I'm an adult, I look forward to getting into bed every night. It's soft, comfortable, serene, and most of all, mine. Having to share it with a couple of kids would be enough to send me right to the couch.
These days, however, attachment parenting is more popular than ever.
When reading over the principles, it's easy to see why parents are attracted to this method, which is based on empathy, love, respect, and compassion. Building an early bond with an infant or toddler has been shown to lead to better mental and emotional health – and a big part of that is co-sleeping.
At best, co-sleeping is really adorable.
At worst, it results in a swift kick to Mom's face in the middle of the night.
But how far is too far? This mom of seven by the name of Anni Jones practices what she calls “gentle attachment parenting.” For her, that includes sleeping with her three youngest children -- and they're not exactly babies!
What do you think? Is this mom taking it too far? How old is too old to sleep with your children? Let us know! As for me, I'll be sprawled out like a starfish in my child-free bed.