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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 through Business Trips, Military Deployment, and Other Extended Separations
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 – 14:09 | 3 Comments

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family
Every child and each parent is different, and family situations differ just as much as the people in them, making each situation unique with successes and challenges …

Say Sorry
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 – 17:38 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
One of the hardest situations I face in my household is when one of my children hurts the other one, whether by accident or in …

Bonding Begins in Utero…for Fathers, Too
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 – 17:14 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Pregnancy is an amazing time of bonding between a mother and her baby, especially during a first pregnancy. There is no way to describe what …

Letter to the Editor: The Truth about TV
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 – 5:11 | No Comment

By Joanna Glass, leader of API of Garner, North Carolina
Editor’s Note: This Letter to the Editor was written in response to an article published on The Attached Family on July 28, 2009, “TV as a …

No is Not the Lesson: Solving Power Struggles
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 – 2:12 | 4 Comments

By Gaynell Payne
A part on our dishwasher broke. I spread a towel on the counter and washed the dishes by hand, laying them on the towel to dry. While I was washing, my 23-month-old son …

What Parents Need to Know about Cell Phones
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 – 1:45 | One Comment

By Lisa Anthony, reprinted with permission from CellPhones.org
Editor’s Note: Attachment Parenting International doesn’t take a stance on cell phone use for children and adolescents. This article is to inform parents who do allow cell phone use, …

The 4 Parenting Styles: What Works and What Doesn’t
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 – 1:00 | 5 Comments

By Dr. Maryann Rosenthal, co-author of Be A Parent, Not A Pushover, reprinted with permission from DrMA.com
I believe it’s that overall style or pattern of action — rather than a specific decision — that will …

To Intervene or Not? Deciding When and How to Get Involved in Another Parent’s Situation
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 12:35 | 4 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
We’ve all seen it – a mother losing her temper toward her child in the grocery store, or a father treating his child in a …

Dawn of Attachment: Why Mom’s Emotions Matter During Pregnancy
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 12:02 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
During my second pregnancy, I was a ball of nerves. While my baby was born healthily, she was of a lower birth weight than what …

TV as a Parenting Tool?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 11:49 | 4 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Most parenting experts advise that parents use extreme caution in allowing their child to watch television, especially younger children, and even with educational programming. And …

Yelling Works…and Other Parenting Myths Busted
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 11:32 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Susie Walton used to yell at her kids – a lot.
“The older they got, the more I yelled,” recalled Walton, an International Network for Children …

A Win-Win Situation: How to Teach Sportsmanship
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 10:49 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Board games, sports, and other competitive activities can bring families closer together as well as teach children important lessons about character. A friend of mine …

How to Play with Your Toddler
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 – 0:14 | One Comment

By Emily Rempe, founder of Productive Parenting
We are all too aware of how modern technology is changing our lifestyles. Arguments could be made with much validity on each side to the merits and detriments of …

Unschooling: Learning through Play
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – 22:47 | 2 Comments

By Jan Hunt, member of API’s Advisory Board and API’s Editorial Review Board. Reprinted with permission from www.naturalchild.org
My son Jason, now a young adult, has been unschooled from the beginning – we were fortunate …

Trust Your Baby to Show You When to Breastfeed
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – 22:32 | 2 Comments

By Jack Newman, M.D. & Teresa Pitman, reprinted with permission from The Latch and Other Keys to Breastfeeding Success
Babies are born with the skills and instincts to help them breastfeed, but we often ignore the …

Lose that Stubborn Baby Fat…and Keep Your Exercise AP-Friendly
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – 22:28 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Pregnancy changes a woman’s body, and in ways that last long after the baby comes. Many women find that their shoes no longer fit, or …

Diverting Anger in Toddlers
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – 1:51 | 2 Comments

By Gaynell Payne
With toddlerhood comes tantrums. While some parents are taken by surprise by the seemingly violent appearance of a child raised in a non-violent home, it is a perfectly natural rite of passage for …

Name Your Baby the AP Way
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – 1:31 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Perhaps no activity can consume as much of an expectant couple’s time and energy as choosing a name for their baby. While other aspects of …

The Basics of Bottle Nursing
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – 1:02 | 2 Comments

By Barbara Nicholson & Lysa Parker, API co-founders, reprinted with permission from Attached at the Heart ©, available through the API Store
We have been contacted by many parents and caregivers who want to incorporate the …

Regain “Control” of Your Teen
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – 0:52 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Has your teenager stopped listening to you? Do you routinely catch him telling lies, or does she continually break curfew? You may be finding yourself …

A Resource for Parents of Picky Eaters
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – 0:44 | No Comment

By Heidi Green ©, reprinted with permission from BabyGooRoo.com
Five years ago, I had very firm ideas about childhood nutrition. “Balanced meals” was my mantra. I presented plates with foods of different colors (indicating different nutrients), …

Why Breast is Best, and What Needs to Change in Society to Better Support Mothers
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – 0:53 | 2 Comments

By Christina Podolak

For most of our human existence on earth, mothers have fed their babies breast milk. Within the last 100 years, mothers had another option for feeding their babies: formula.
Mothers today are faced with …

Use Massage to Reconnect at the End of the Work Day
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – 0:30 | One Comment

By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
In today’s world economy, we often find that most parents are working outside of the home. This may mean a two parent home has both parents working outside of …

The ‘Perfect’ Birth
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – 0:02 | 3 Comments

By Lisa Lord
After learning about modern medical birth in a college course, I knew for sure that I would one day attend a birth center for a drug-free, midwife-attended natural birth. Over the years, I …

Throw Out Those Jars of Baby Food
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – 0:01 | No Comment

By Cynthia Lair, reprinted with permission from Cookus Interruptus, © CookusInterruptus.com
For many years, I was a guest speaker for the Evergreen Hospital postnatal mom and baby support groups.  I would haul a butane burner, pan, …