#Quoted in a New York based digital publication by the name of Juggernaut magazine.
Many of you may have heard of it.
The magazine targets the South Asian audience in the United States. A very large community.
And this article is about the practice of co-sleeping which is the prevalent practice in India and other South Asian nations... But is regard with disdain and suspicion in the United States.
In my opinion... Co-sleeping is perfectly fine if both the parents and the child want it.
In addition children may vacillate between wanting to sleep with the parents and wanting to sleep alone.... And that should be accommodated as much as possible.
Because children cannot say "I am anxious" Or "I am being bullied" Or "I am feeling scared"
They can only say.... Can I sleep with you tonight?
It is important to remember that we are most vulnerable when we sleep and we want to sleep in the safest place possible.
And when we feel unsafe we want the comfort of our parents bed.
It is a mistake to discard a cultural practice that is centuries old.. .. Without examining it thoroughly.
And as attachment parenting becomes the rage in the United States... We must remember how attached we have always been.
The only scenario in which co-sleeping may be harmful is when the parent insists on the child sleeping with them and comes in the way of natural separation.
Using children to fulfill our emotional needs is not right.
We must find other ways to satisfy our own needs.