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In this issue of Attached Family, we take a look at the cultural explosion of breastfeeding advocacy, as well as the challenges still to overcome. API writer Sheena Sommers begins this issue with “The Real Breastfeeding Story,” including …

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1. Pregnancy & Birth

Fertility and conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and the early postpartum period.

2. The Infant

From newborn to 17 months.

3. The Toddler

From 18 months to age 3.

4. The Growing Child

From age 4 to age 9.

5. The Adolescent

From age 10 to age 18.

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Parenting without Punishment or Reward…Really?
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 – 0:07 | 2 Comments

By Larissa Dann, Australia’s parenting editor for The Attached Family
I was 31 years old. In my arms, I held another life. He was warm, pliable and soft, caked in afterbirth, and seemed breakable. He had huge …

Keep Family Game Night Fun
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 – 23:32 | No Comment

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress, www.professionalparenting.ca
It’s that time of the week that everyone looks forward to: family game night. Here are some tips to make it go smoother and fun for everyone, …

Reclaiming Happy Hour: Responding with Sensitivity during Meal Preparation
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 – 18:06 | 2 Comments

By Stephanie Dahl, Responding with Sensitivity editor for The Attached Family
The hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., known in the restaurant and lounge world as “Happy Hour,” have not been historically happy in my …

The Marriage Challenge
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 – 17:12 | 2 Comments

By Sonya Fehér, contributing editor for the API Speaks blog, leader for API of South Austin, Texas, USA, and blogger at www.mamatrue.com
Before my son was born, a friend gave me the book, Babyproofing Your Marriage. …

‘I was Spanked, and I’m Fine!’
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 – 15:38 | No Comment

By Jan Hunt, founder/director of The Natural Child Project, www.naturalchild.org
We hear it all the time, when spanking is mentioned. Someone steps forward and says something like this:
“Well, I don’t see what all the fuss is …

Why Timeout as a Punishment Doesn’t Work
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 – 15:37 | 3 Comments

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress, www.professionalparenting.ca
Are you tired of holding the bedroom door handle closed when your school-aged child is trying to leave during a timeout? Fed up with your child trashing …

AP with the Double-Digit Child (10+ years old)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 – 18:08 | No Comment

By Gila Brown, MA, parent educator, www.gilabrown.com
We know the Eight Principles of Parenting are fundamental in establishing the critical attachment bond with our little ones.
As children get older, their needs evolve. Once we’ve parented through infancy …

Do Consequences Work with Older Children?
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 – 17:22 | No Comment

By Camille North, editor of API Links
Some years ago, my oldest son forgot his shoes on a routine trip to the grocery store. We’d struggled with the “shoe issue” for a while, and I hadn’t …

Stay Connected with Your Grown Children: An interview with grandmother Ruth Nemzoff
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 – 16:48 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
According to cultural standards, I am not an adult, even though I am many years out of school, own my home, have been married for …

An Attached C-section
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 – 3:04 | 7 Comments

By Catherine McTamaney, EdD, society and education lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee USA
It never occurred to me that anything might go wrong.
My partner and I had asked all the big questions as we got …

The Playgroup Altercation: Part 2, Your Child is the Victim
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 – 2:47 | No Comment

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress, ProfessionalParenting.ca
You hear a loud thud, an ear-piercing scream, and then your child appears before you wearing a tear-stained cheek and red eyes and is pointing to another …

Early Weaning: A Time of Transition for Baby…and Mom
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 – 17:53 | 3 Comments

By Chandra Hamilton
As each new talent emerges, toddlers get busy and forget to do lots of things: watch in front of them when moving, pick up toys before stepping on them, and eat. They fight …

The Dead Balloon: Resolving Sibling Rivalry
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 – 17:23 | One Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, LifeCenter.org.il

It was a typical birthday party: Balloons, ice cream, games, and party favors filled the day with happiness and excitement for Karen and the …

Nature Therapy
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – 0:54 | No Comment

By Carrie Kerr
I have always been of the opinion that days which are 70 degrees and sunny should be declared “National Hooky Days.” After all, what could be more important than getting outside on such a …

The Self-Care Challenge
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – 0:23 | One Comment

By Sonya Fehér, contributing editor for the API Speaks blog, leader for API of South Austin, Texas, USA, and blogger at www.mamatrue.com
Curled into a periwinkle micro-plush blanket under a fluffy down comforter, I had the …

Attachment by Accident: One Family’s Alternative Parenting Journey
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 – 11:52 | 6 Comments

By Joe Diomede, author of Cycles of a Traveler and owner of Cloughjordan Cycle Co-op in Tipperary, Ireland, CloughjordanCycleCoop.com

Editor’s Note: Attachment Parenting is an approach to childrearing that is defined by Attachment Parenting International’s Eight …

The Playgroup Altercation: Part 1 – Your Child is the Hitter
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 – 10:57 | No Comment

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress, ProfessionalParenting.ca
You are having a lovely pleasant chat with a mom you haven’t seen in ages and suddenly you hear a loud thud, an ear-piercing scream, and then …

Barbie and Disney Princesses Every Which Way: Balancing Family Values with Individual Choices
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 – 16:00 | 16 Comments

By Elaine Barrington
It used to be so much easier…
Sometimes I miss the days when my values and my daughter’s were one and the same. For the first few years of Isabelle’s life I believed I …

Where to Draw the Line? Exploring Boundaries, Limits, and Consequences
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 – 13:53 | 2 Comments

By Tamara Parnay
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”
~ Serenity Prayer, attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr theologian
A mother was …

What Children REALLY Want: An interview with author Licia Rando
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 – 1:45 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
A cup of hot cocoa, a bubble bath, a cozy blanket, a cuddle with a fluffy dog, a steamy bowl of soup, a tuck into …

How to Downsize the Holidays
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 – 1:19 | No Comment

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress, ProfessionalParenting.ca
Even though the economy is recovering, many families will still have to put the brakes on Christmas spending. How does one cut down? How do we break it …

The Bedtime Challenge
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 – 11:46 | No Comment

By Sonya Fehér, Mamatrue.com
Bedtime is one of the most challenging times of day for me as a parent. I am tired from having taking care of a little person all day, ready to cuddle with …

Gift-Giving from the Heart and Hands, Not the Wallet
Monday, November 16, 2009 – 22:54 | No Comment

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress, ProfessionalParenting.ca
Last Christmas, I had enough of shopping. With five children in the family, even with buying only one present to each other, there would have been 49 …

Another Look at Breastfeeding with HIV/AIDS: An Interview with Marian Tompson, co-founder of LLLI
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 – 11:45 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
When we think of the Attachment Parenting International Principle of Feeding with Love and Respect, what first pops into our minds is a woman enjoying …

Working without Weaning: An Interview with author Kirsten Berggren
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 – 12:02 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Attachment Parenting International’s seventh of the Eight Principles of Parenting, Providing Consistent and Loving Care, explains how babies and young children have an intense need …