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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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Secure vs. Insecure Attachment: A Quick Reminder
Saturday, January 10, 2009 – 2:49 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
A January 6 article in the United Kingdom’s Nursery World magazine, “A Unique Child: Attachment – Practice in Pictures – A Sense of Security,” illustrates the difference between a securely and insecurely attached …

Obamas Will Be Parenting Role Models
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 – 23:04 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
The Public News Service published an article featuring API Co-founder Lysa Parker’s perspective on U.S. President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama’s family values.
“The children are a striking example of well behaved, …

Mentally Ill Parents More Likely to Form Insecure Attachments with Their Children
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 – 20:17 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on InTheNews.co.uk, “One in Four Aussie Kids Have Parent with Mental Illness,” mentally ill parents are more likely to form insecure attachments with their children.
A study published in …

Do Two Halves Make a Whole?
Monday, December 29, 2008 – 1:09 | One Comment

By Isabelle Fox, PhD, author of Being There and Growing Up and member of API’s Advisory Board
**Originally published in the Fall 2006 Divorce & Single Parenting issue of The Journal of API
I frequently receive e-mail …

In Search of Support: My Experience as a Single AP Mom
Monday, December 29, 2008 – 0:53 | 19 Comments

By Christy Farr Ferrelli, former executive director of API
**Originally published in the Fall 2006 Divorce & Single Parenting issue of The Journal of API
My experience as a single attachment parent started when my son was …

Duty Calls: An AP Single Parent’s Slice of Life
Monday, December 29, 2008 – 0:23 | One Comment

By Hazel Larkin
**Originally published in the Fall 2006 Divorce & Single Parenting issue of The Journal of API
As the lone parent of two little girls four years old and two years old, one of the hardest …

Teaching Empathy Through Gentle Discipline
Monday, December 29, 2008 – 0:10 | 2 Comments

By Tamara Parnay
**Originally published in the Fall 2006 Divorce & Single Parenting issue of The Journal of API
Our children model our behavior. When surrounded by people who love them and respond to them sensitively and …

Chaos Theory: The Search for Personal Balance Amidst Parenthood
Saturday, December 27, 2008 – 23:45 | 3 Comments

By Lu Hanessian, author of Let the Baby Drive and member of API’s Board of Directors
**Originally published in the Winter 2006-07 Balance issue of The Journal of API
A while back, I hosted a travel show …

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 …