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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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Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – 23:30 | 2 Comments

By Shari Adelson-Pollard
**Originally published in the Fall 2007 Special Needs issue of The Journal of API and published on in August  2009
When I was young, I would sometimes join in with other kids who …

The Opportunities of Summer Vacation
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 – 0:04 | No Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
I love summer vacation. I remember picnics at the beach and playing in the sand. On very hot days my older sister …

Keeping a Schedule When There is No Schedule
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 – 23:47 | No Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
One of the best things about summer vacation for children is that there is no fixed schedule. Kids don’t have to get …

Join Us For API Reads: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 – 8:47 | No Comment

Our July/August online book discussion will be based on Renée Peterson Trudeau’s book Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life. 
To join the discussion, please click here …

Tomorrow is the Last Day He is Four
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – 3:23 | 3 Comments

By Emily Cherkin, originally published on, reprinted with permission from Ashoka.
This morning, it snowed in Seattle.  And it reminded me of the night Max was born, almost exactly five years ago, when it was …

Date Night: Why and How To Make It Happen
Thursday, June 13, 2013 – 13:40 | No Comment

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline Without Distress and co-founder of Attachment Parenting Canada,  Her date night blog is at
In the movie Date Night, the characters played by Steve Carell and Tina Fey are …

Spotlight On: Spark of Amber
Friday, June 7, 2013 – 3:25 | No Comment

API: Tell us about how your business began. What was the inspiration? What are your goals?

Julie Zorgo: Spark of Amber was founded in early 2013, after I was introduced to Baltic amber jewelry through a …

New Sibling, New Behavior! How To Respond When Children Act Out
Friday, June 7, 2013 – 3:21 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words For Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting International Leader (API of Portland, Oregon, USA),
Having a new baby is an exciting time. Even the older siblings …

Join Us for API Reads
Thursday, June 6, 2013 – 4:09 | No Comment

We started reading Nurturing the Soul of Your Family for API’s online book club, API Reads, in July. We already started learning about shifting your perspective, about where disequilibrium comes from, challenging the beliefs of your family, how …

You Are a Good Parent
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – 4:27 | 11 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family, API’s Publications Coordinator, API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska)
There are many ways of raising children. Of course.
Some parents breastfeed, some don’t, and for the most part, kids turn …

A Breech Birth Story
Sunday, May 12, 2013 – 7:14 | 2 Comments

By Sarah Occident
Natural childbirth has always been fascinating to me. There is something so beautiful about bringing forth life the same way millions of women around the world have throughout the ages. So when we …

Moms and Dads – Share Your Birth Story
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – 8:28 | No Comment

We are excited to invite mothers and fathers to share your childbirth experiences. Sharing birth stories can empower parents to educate others, to break down barriers and help others become more accepting of experiences very different from their …

An Attached Education: Can Attachment Parenting Enhance Learning?
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – 0:45 | 2 Comments

By Rebecca English, PhD, education lecturer at Queensland University of Technology,
I speak to many parents who want to continue through the school years with the loving, child-led, engaged parenting that they practiced when their children were …

Join Us for API Reads in May and June featuring “Attached at the Heart”
Thursday, May 2, 2013 – 3:49 | No Comment

It’s reading time again. Our choice for the months of May and June will be “Attached at the Heart” by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker. The topics we’ll be discussing are based on the Eight …

Instill Creative Discipline During Screen-Free Week
Sunday, April 28, 2013 – 14:49 | One Comment

By Stacy Jagger, MMFT, owner of Sunnybrook Counseling and Music with Mommie,
As a mother of two children and a newborn, I understand completely how media can become a crutch and a babysitter at times …

Feeding a Vegetarian with Love and Respect
Monday, April 22, 2013 – 4:08 | 4 Comments

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, senior contributing editor to Attached Family magazine
When my friend, a mother of one, found out her nine-year-old daughter wanted to become a vegetarian, she didn’t know what to do. She and her …

6 Things To Do When Your Child Says “I Hate You!”
Thursday, April 18, 2013 – 12:11 | 6 Comments

By Bill Corbett, author of Love, Limits & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids, and member of the API Resource Advisory Committee,
We’re all trying to get more done in less time and …

My Child Doesn’t Want to Visit her Father
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 – 4:31 | 3 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,
Q: I have recently gotten divorced. My daughter is three and initially enjoyed her time with her father, but since staying overnight she refuses to go. …

Peace at Home: Military Families Embrace Attachment Parenting
Friday, April 5, 2013 – 1:36 | One Comment

By Kit Jenkins, babywearing educator for Babywearing International, communications coordinator for API and a co-founder of The Carrying On Project,
One of the best things about Attachment Parenting is the consistency in all of its …

Consistent and Loving Discipline
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – 3:00 | 3 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words For Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting International Leader (API of Portland, Oregon, USA),
In the Eight Principles of Parenting, Attachment Parenting International reminds us of …

Cultivating Attachment: Making It Easy For Your Kids to Talk to You
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – 11:56 | No Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
“Children should be seen and not heard” was a common attitude in generations past. Today we are more aware of the importance …

Attachment Parenting and the Adolescent Child
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – 10:00 | 7 Comments

By Chris Oldenburg, originally published on, reprinted with permission
Creating Bonds that Will Support Teenage Development
Many people who have heard of the term attachment parenting probably envision babies cozied against their mothers in wraps or …

Join Us for API Reads Featuring Dr. Laura Markham in March/April
Thursday, February 28, 2013 – 4:35 | No Comment

Come join API as we read Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Dr. Laura Markham through the end of April.
Here are some of the topics being discussed: Yelling; nurturing …

The Emotions of Pregnancy and New Motherhood
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – 5:08 | No Comment

By Joy Davy, MS, LCPC, NCC, licensed professional counselor specializing in perinatal mood disorders,
The joy of motherhood is the subject of much art and idealistic images. Our expectation that the arrival of a baby …

Prevent Your Child From Becoming a Bully
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – 4:01 | One Comment

By Sarah Fudin, social media and outreach coordinator for USC Rossier Online.
According to a recent infographic from USC Rossier Online, “School Bullying Outbreak,” one in four children are bullied every month and 160,000 students miss …