“Instead of perfect parenting, the (Raising a Secure Child) authors stress the need for present parenting. They believe being there for our children, mistakes and all, builds trust and frees our children to be who they really are in front of us. Security leads to confidence, which leads to self-reliance,” wrote a book reviewer for Library Journal.
We also talk about the difference between attachment parenting and attachment theory, and the idea that “good enough” is far better than parenting perfection.
Hoffman, a psychotherapist since 1972, he has worked with prison and homeless populations as well as adults seeking psychoanalytic psychotherapy. His primary focus since the 1990s has been working with and designing treatment interventions for street-dependent teens with young children.
Since 1985, Hoffman has had a shared clinical practice in Spokane, Wash., with his book’s co-authors, Glen Cooper and Bert Powell. Their Circle of Security work has received the New York Attachment Consortium’s Bowlby–Ainsworth Award, among other honors. They are co-authors of The Circle of Security Intervention (for mental health professionals) and Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child’s Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore (for parents).
Also, The Parents’ Phrase Book author and City Dads Group columnist Whit Honea talks to his sons about how their relationship is changing as the boys get older.