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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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Striving for Balance in Family Life
Saturday, December 27, 2008 – 23:25 | One Comment

By Tamara Parnay
**Originally published in the Winter 2006-07 Balance issue of The Journal of API
Many attachment parents say that the API Principle, Striving for Personal and Family Balance, is the cornerstone of Attachment Parenting (AP). …

Being There for Our Children and Others Through Empathic Parenting
Saturday, December 27, 2008 – 23:00 | No Comment

By Tamara Parnay
**Originally published in the Winter 2006-07 Balance issue of The Journal of API

When I was a child, I was fascinated by people and characters like “The Empath” on the Star Trek television series, …

Managing Anger: What to Do When You Want to Have a Tantrum
Saturday, December 27, 2008 – 19:45 | One Comment

By Tricia Jalbert
**Originally published in the June 2000 issue of API News
It’s one thing to understand how remaining calm, supportive and objective can be a great service to our children and another thing to do …

Dear New Moms
Saturday, December 27, 2008 – 19:18 | One Comment

By Pam Stone, co-leader of API of Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Welcome to Motherhood!
Many times people will tell you to enjoy these …

Decoding Tantrums
Saturday, December 27, 2008 – 19:10 | 7 Comments

By Stephanie Petters, leader of API of North Fulton, Georgia
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
When a parent utters the word tantrum to another parent, the reaction …

AP from a Preemie Mom’s Perspective
Saturday, December 27, 2008 – 18:25 | 6 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
It was a big day for me, my husband, and my …

Traci’s Story: Developing an Appreciation for Bottle-feeding
Saturday, December 27, 2008 – 17:36 | No Comment

By Traci Singree, leader of API of Stark County, Ohio
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Before my children, I was career driven, working in retail management, which …

The Right Stuff: How AP Changed One Father’s Priorities
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 – 12:00 | No Comment

By Greg Stone
**Originally published in the Summer 2007 Secondary Attachments issue of The Journal of API
How nice it would be if we didn’t need jobs! Every morning we would wake up saying, “What should we …

The Secondary Attachment: A Look at Bowlby’s Theory
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 – 3:06 | 3 Comments

By Sir Richard Bowlby, Bt, member of API’s Advisory Council
**Originally published in the Summer 2007 Secondary Attachments issue of The Journal of API
I remember my father saying to me in 1968, “You know this business …

Living Proof: An Older Father Grows Up
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 – 2:40 | One Comment

By Dennis Lockard
**Originally published in the Summer 2007 Secondary Attachments issue of The Journal of API
Several months before the birth of our son Jack, my wife Liz started talking about using a sling instead of …

Small Blessings: A Father Recalls His Preemie Daughter’s Birth
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 – 2:26 | No Comment

By Mike Brhel
**Originally published in the Summer 2007 Secondary Attachments issue of The Journal of API
My wife and I had always wanted a family. We had tried for a child during the first few years …

Seasons of Change: Helping a Child When Work Takes a Parent Away
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 – 1:06 | No Comment

By Pam Stone, co-leader of API of Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire
**Originally published in the Summer 2007 Secondary Attachments issue of The Journal of API
Our week begins when I first utter the phrase, “Daddy’s coming home …

Is Primary Attachment Better than Secondary Attachment?
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 – 0:41 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
**Originally published in the Summer 2007 Secondary Attachments issue of The Journal of API
The term “secondary attachment” can be interpreted erroneously to mean “less important,” but Attachment Parenting International refutes this definition.
Primary …

Crying and Comforting
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 – 15:37 | 16 Comments

By Pam Stone, co-leader of API of Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire
**Originally published in the Summer 2008 AP in a Non-AP World issue of The Journal of API
All babies cry. And all parents are continually striving …

AP in a Non-AP World
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 – 14:48 | 4 Comments

By Sophie Aitkin
**Originally published in the Summer 2008 AP in a Non-AP World issue of The Journal of API
My first baby, Howard, was born in the back seat of our family car on the way …

From Homeschool to School, and Back Again
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 – 12:27 | No Comment

By Nikki Schaefer, staff writer for The Attached Family
**Originally published in the Fall 2008 Growing Child issue of The Journal of API
“Mom, there’s just seven more days until the first day of fall!” my six-year-old …

On Public School
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 – 12:13 | One Comment

By Joan DeMeyer, co-leader of API of St. Louis, Missouri
**Originally published in the Fall 2008 Growing Child issue of The Journal of API
My decision to send my children to public school was made with some …

You are What You Eat: A Nutritional Guide to Preventing and Treating Postpartum Depression
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 – 0:49 | No Comment

By Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, author of Depression in New Mothers and co-author of The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Becoming a mother can …

Speaking Out About Postpartum Depression
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 – 0:18 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
So many first-time moms are caught off-guard by their emotions after giving …

Planning for the Postpartum Period
Monday, December 22, 2008 – 22:43 | 5 Comments

By Molly Remer, MSW, CCE
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
When my first baby was born in 2003, I made a classic new mother error – I spent …

Help Your Toddler Bond with the New Baby
Monday, December 22, 2008 – 22:00 | 6 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
“Mommy, why do you need another Yonatan?” asked my first-born, looking at my …

Twins Plus Two
Monday, December 22, 2008 – 18:38 | 3 Comments

By Heather Eckstein, DONA doula
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Being a parent comes with a fair share of challenges and rewards. Being a parent to twins seems …

Sibling Spacing: Five-Plus Years Apart Means More Time with Each Child
Monday, December 22, 2008 – 15:51 | 5 Comments

By Amy Carrier O’Brien
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Aiden was seven and a half when Owen was born, and almost ten when Liam was born. He had …

Sibling Spacing: Two Years Apart and Getting Easier with Age
Monday, December 22, 2008 – 15:26 | 8 Comments

By Melissa Hincha-Ownby, API Resource Leader of Arizona, API’s Technology Coodinator, and API’s Forum Administrator
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
One of the most common questions that parents …

Sibling Spacing: One Year Apart, Too Close or Just Right?
Monday, December 22, 2008 – 11:50 | 5 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
I love babies, especially the newborns. I love breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, the …