I went a little overboard while reading Chapter 10 about Human Development. I actually read the entire chapter instead of just skimming it because I was so interested. What I found most interesting was the various theories about how a child's brain develops as well as the varying parenting styles and how the two affect and effect each other.
Some psychologists claim that the form of attachment and the temperament of the child can help shape the way the parents treat and interact with their child. The parental attitudes also have the same affect on the child, creating a continuous cycle.
I have a very close relationship with my of my parents, so while reading the section "Parenting: What's Right and What's Wrong?" I was trying to pinpoint the parenting style I think my parents practiced. I came to the conclusion that my parents practiced "soft" parenthood as Dr. Spock called it. Baumrind would later call it Permissive parenting, meaning that the "parents tend to be lenient with their children" (388).
Later on in the section about parenting, however, Donald Winnicott, claimed that parenting "need only be good enough," which I found ironic because so much emphasis is placed upon parenting and parenting skills, as pointed out in the chapter. After reading the entire chapter, I decided that every form of parenting and attachment varies from family to family and the only wrong way to do things is to simply have no attachment at all.