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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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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 …

Balancing Attachment Parenting and Intimate Relationships
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – 4:00 | 6 Comments

By Kassandra Brown, parent coach, www.parentcoaching.org
Attachment Parenting International offers Eight Principles of Parenting. The eighth principle is about balance in personal and family life. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some ways …

Mother-Baby Sleep Experts Offer Tips for Soothing Crying Babies, Giving Exhausted Mothers Alternatives to Crying It Out
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 – 7:00 | One Comment

Recent research reports have encouraged mothers to not respond to their babies when they cry. In response to this advice, a panel of noted mother-baby sleep experts from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Australia …

The “Go Away, Persona” Mystery: Helping my Young Child Adjust to a Change of Caregivers
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – 5:27 | 5 Comments

By Tamara Brennan, Ph.D. , Executive Director of the Sexto Sol Center,  www.ourcozytime.com
In the pine covered Sierra Madre Mountains of southern Mexico we are raising our young daughter on a small permaculture farm. We keep our door …

The Roots of Learning Self-Control
Thursday, January 24, 2013 – 5:14 | 2 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, www.lifecenter.org.il

I was looking forward to a pleasant afternoon on the playground with my grandchildren, only to find all too soon I had …

Kids and Sex: Getting Comfortable with “The Talk”
Thursday, January 17, 2013 – 5:23 | 10 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words for Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting International leader (API of Portland,Oregon USA), www.kellybartlett.net 
It’s never too early to begin talking with your kids about sex. In …

A Tantrum is a Choice
Monday, January 14, 2013 – 4:25 | One Comment

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.AuthenticParent.com
A tantrum can vanish before it starts if we put the spotlight on it with validation and playfulness. Six-year-old Danny (names and scenarios are changed) …

Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research shows
Monday, January 7, 2013 – 5:12 | 8 Comments

By Susan Guibert, reprinted with permission, Notre Dame News, http://newsinfo.nd.edu/
Social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children, according to an interdisciplinary body of research presented recently at …

The Latest Resources and Support from API
Sunday, January 6, 2013 – 5:39 | No Comment

Coming Soon to The Attached Family:
How Attachment Parenting may prevent bullying behavior in your child
 

December 2012 - API Links - Your monthly API e-newsletter
The December 2012 API Links edition links you to news on applying the API Principles to ourselves, …

The “Tree Daddy”: A Parenting Metaphor
Thursday, January 3, 2013 – 6:00 | One Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, www.lifecenter.org.il
The rain poured down relentlessly, with winds blowing so hard that trees were being pulled from their roots and blown over. My …

Listening for Understanding
Monday, December 31, 2012 – 6:00 | No Comment

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words for Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting leader (API of Portland,Oregon USA), www.kellybartlett.net
Parents spend a significant amount of time talking to kids. We have a lifetime …

When Siblings Hurt Each Other
Thursday, December 27, 2012 – 6:00 | 5 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, www.lifecenter.org.il
It’s sometimes said that parents shouldn’t get involved when siblings fight, but rather let them work it out themselves. Sometimes children do …

Talking Parent-to-Parent
Monday, December 24, 2012 – 6:00 | No Comment

By Jake Cunningham, parent
Sometimes no matter how hard I try, I just can’t find the emotional room to comfort my 2-year-old son, Jack. I try, as we all do, to be the best parent I …

Minimizing Power Struggles: Ten Tips for Fewer Battles and More Peace with Your Preschooler
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 – 4:00 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words for Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting leader (API of Portland,Oregon USA), www.kellybartlett.net
If you’ve ever tried to get your young child to do something you want, …

Visiting Family for the Holidays
Monday, December 17, 2012 – 4:00 | One Comment

By Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, www.ahaparenting.com
We all want our relatives to see how wonderful our kids are.  Unfortunately, taking children to visit over …

Grief in Children
Saturday, December 15, 2012 – 5:05 | No Comment

By Margie Wagner & Callie Little, Child Development Media, www.childdevelopmentmedia.com, reprinted with permission
It goes without saying that the grieving process is a complicated and intensely personal one. It is difficult enough for adults to deal …

Why You Should Talk to Your Kids About Death
Saturday, December 15, 2012 – 3:30 | 2 Comments

By Sarina Behar Natkin, LICSW, www.growparenting.com, reprinted with permission
As a parent educator, I rarely use the word “should.” As a matter of fact, I cringe at the idea of giving parents one more SHOULD, almost as …

Looking for Love at Toys”R”Us
Friday, December 14, 2012 – 4:43 | No Comment

By Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, www.ahaparenting.com
“Television advertisements for toys and games often exploit children’s underlying needs and desires.  Many commercials show a child …

Ten Tips for Raising a More Peaceful Child
Monday, December 3, 2012 – 17:14 | 4 Comments

By Bill Corbett, author of Love, Limits & Lessons, www.cooperativekids.com
The General Assembly of the United Nations declared September 21st as the International Day of Peace. Since the first year of celebration, many schools around the …

API of Orange County, California (USA)
Thursday, November 1, 2012 – 17:51 | No Comment

By Angela Adams, API Leader & Support Group Co-Leader
When did your group form?
August 2008
When a parent comes to your group, what can he/she expect? What meeting format do you have?
When parents come to our group, …

API of Downriver, Michigan (USA)
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 – 23:27 | 2 Comments

By Kate Scheller, API Leader & Support Group Co-Leader
When did your group form?
We are excited to say that API of Downriver was formed last October, making this our one-year anniversary!
When a parent comes to your group, …

API of Port Angeles, Washington (USA)
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 – 23:14 | One Comment

By Naomi Davidson, API Leader & Support Group Leader, API’s Technology Coordinator
Congratulations on your accreditation as an API Leader! How does it feel?
I am very excited! It feels a lot …

API of Suffolk County, Long Island, New York (USA)
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 – 22:56 | 3 Comments

By Jamie Birdsong Nieroda, API Leader & Support Group Co-Leader

When did your group form?

I decided to go through the leadership training shortly after my son (and second-born) came along. We had a challenging adjustment, even …

When Relatives Criticize
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 – 19:59 | 12 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.naomialdort.com
Q:  My relatives criticize Attachment Parenting. They question my ability to parent and tell me that I am jeopardizing the children’s development and keeping them …

Don’t Believe Everything in the News: What Pro-Spanking Research Misses
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 – 19:56 | 6 Comments

By Ralph S. Welsh, PhD, ABPP, the “father of Belt Theory,” www.nospank.net/welsh.htm
I was horrified to discover the [2010] media attention given to the findings of Prof. Marjorie Gunnoe’s small, twice-rejected-by-peer-reviewed-journals, study on the …