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

By Margie Wagner & Callie Little, Child Development Media,, 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,, 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,
“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,
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,
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,”
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 …

Transitioning Home: An interview with Catherine Myers, director of the Family & Home Network
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 – 19:50 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and API leader
Many new parents or parents-to-be would like to stay at home with their children but find the transition from a professional career to a stay-at-home lifestyle to be …

Parenting for a Sustainable World: Cultivating a Reverence for Life
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 – 19:36 | No Comment

By Lysa Parker, MS, CFLE, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International, coauthor of Attached at the Heart,
**Reprinted with permission from Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine,
It wasn’t until I became a parent that I truly …

Why Ask Permission to Touch the Baby?
Thursday, September 13, 2012 – 11:06 | 7 Comments

By Suzanne P. Reese, IAIMT, author of Baby Massage,
The concept of asking a baby for permission for anything can be foreign to a lot of people, not just parents. Resistance often lies in, “The …

The $120 Swim Lessons: Should We Let Children Quit an Activity After Committing?
Thursday, September 13, 2012 – 11:04 | 5 Comments

By Judy Arnall, director of Attachment Parenting Canada,
This was the summer my son was going to learn how to swim! He was seven years old and old enough to agree to the lessons when …

True Sharing Can’t Be Taught
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 – 10:09 | 7 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of The Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
When educational television tries to teach young children to share, it’s helpful for parents to know how the desire to share really develops …

How Independence and Maturity Develops
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 – 10:23 | One Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of The Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
A father of an 18-year-old boy recently consulted with me because, among other things, his son had totaled the family’s car. As any …

Cosleeping Reality: Your Toddler’s Bedtime May Be Yours, Too
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 – 10:01 | 22 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,
Q: Every night, I put my 13-month-old daughter to sleep in our family bed, but shortly afterward, she wakes up and I have to start …

Why Early Attachment Matters for Childhood, and Beyond
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 – 15:25 | 7 Comments

By Peter Ernest Haiman, PhD,
The quality of love a mother gives during her child’s first years of life has a tremendous and long-term impact on that youngster. A life that could be described as …

Playful Learning
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 – 13:37 | 6 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor & API leader
I am quite happy with the preschool that my children attended, although it took a lot of interviewing teachers and visiting sites, and a bit of trial-and-error, to …

Attachment Parenting Isn’t Asking Too Much…Our Society Is
Thursday, May 31, 2012 – 19:29 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and API leader
There is still a lot of discussion centering on Attachment Parenting, even though the controversial TIME coverage was almost three weeks ago, which is equal to eons away …

Forget Child- or Parent-Centered…Think Family-Centered
Thursday, May 31, 2012 – 18:54 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and API leader
Various parenting approaches are usually categorized as either child-centered or parent-centered, and there is great contention about which is better for both children and parents. Child-centered, critics say, …

Attachment Parenting Beyond Breastfeeding, Babywearing, and Cosleeping
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – 19:04 | 8 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
It’s not so much that pediatrician and author William Sears, MD, has remade motherhood, as TIME magazine suggested, but rather that he has …

Attachment Parenting, Illustrated
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 – 19:04 | 5 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and API Leader
“The question should not be, ‘Are you mom enough?’ The questions should be:

Are you responsively parenting your child in a timely way?
Are you attuned to his or her …

Nurturing Touch is Amazing
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 – 23:39 | 4 Comments

By Suzanne P. Reese, IAIMT, author of Baby Massage,
Parents all over the world search high and low for all the things they can get their hands on that can help their baby grow and …

Stop Hitting! An interview with Nadine Block, cofounder for the Center for Effective Discipline and SpankOut April 30th
Sunday, April 29, 2012 – 15:15 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
There is a fine line between physical punishment and child abuse, at least as the law sees it. Just where does the line lie between …