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The Attached Family 2013 Loving Uniquely Issue is about loving each of our children as individuals with unique character traits.
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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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Peggy O’Mara: An Interview
Friday, 7 Mar, 2014 – 3:40 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator and API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska).
As it turns out with so many of the most amazing people I have been privileged to write …

Take Time to Reconnect After the Work Day
Thursday, 30 Jan, 2014 – 3:40 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator and an API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska). Originally published on TheAttachedFamily.com in October 2008.
My friend, Nicole, and her husband both work full-time. Their two-year-old …

Dual-Income Families Can Be AP, Too
Thursday, 12 Sep, 2013 – 2:50 | 7 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family, API’s Publications Coordinator and API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska), originally published on TheAttachedFamily.com on October 21, 2008.
There is a widespread belief that to be a good Attachment …

The Vital Importance of the Grandparent-Grandchild Bond
Wednesday, 31 Jul, 2013 – 6:45 | 18 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family, API’s Publications Coordinator, API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska), originally published on TheAttachedFamily.com on November 8, 2008
It has only been about 20 years since Dr. William Sears coined …

Playful Learning
Tuesday, 3 Jul, 2012 – 13:37 | 5 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, 31 May, 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, 31 May, 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, Illustrated
Tuesday, 22 May, 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 …

Stop Hitting! An interview with Nadine Block, cofounder for the Center for Effective Discipline and SpankOut April 30th
Sunday, 29 Apr, 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 …

Responding to Lying Positively
Friday, 23 Mar, 2012 – 0:41 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Like many new parents, I naively believed that once I got past the first few years of physically intense infant and toddler care, that surely …

What Attachment Parenting is…and is Not
Thursday, 22 Mar, 2012 – 0:41 | 7 Comments

Maybe you never knew there was a name for it – the unique way you raise your child – but it’s in tune with your child’s needs and with your own needs, and …

The Basics of Breastfeeding Advocacy
Tuesday, 2 Aug, 2011 – 20:50 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)

Breastfeeding has seen the gamut in terms of public support. For centuries, it was the most natural thing to do, and then in the mid-20th …

Peaceful Parenting Tips for the Growing Child
Sunday, 17 Jul, 2011 – 20:28 | 4 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Natasha Hartley doesn’t see herself as an expert in Attachment Parenting, but the many people who know her say she definitely knows what she’s doing …

Tips to Dealing with Acting-Out Behavior
Monday, 27 Jun, 2011 – 16:41 | 8 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Earlier this year, I attended a day session put on by the Appelbaum Training Institute in Omaha, Nebraska USA. The purpose of this session was …

How to Respond to the Most Frustrating Phrases Kids Say
Thursday, 31 Mar, 2011 – 13:57 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
“No!”
“You’re so mean.”
“I hate you!”
“Daddy lets me.”
“You like him better than me.”
“Why should I?”
“You can’t make me!”
“That’s mine!”
“I don’t want to.”
Kids say the darndest things, …

Why It’s Important to Help Children Make Friends
Thursday, 3 Mar, 2011 – 11:01 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
My four-year-old is exceptionally smart but has a tough time with social relationships due to developmental delays spurring from prematurity. In fact, she’s in a …

API Parenting Support Survey: Parents Crave Local Support
Saturday, 7 Aug, 2010 – 9:47 | 2 Comments

A 2009 online survey by Attachment Parenting International revealed that parents around the world are hungry for support and education in their Attachment Parenting choices. Results from the survey clarify API’s role in providing this support.
This …

Interaction and Relationships in Breastfeeding Families: Interview with Dr. Keren Epstein-Gilboa
Wednesday, 14 Jul, 2010 – 20:15 | 23 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Having nursed one child and not the other, I can say with confidence that there is something truly magical about the breastfeeding relationship. So much …

Latest Research on Long-term Effects of Child Abuse
Tuesday, 4 May, 2010 – 20:48 | 5 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
In the United States alone, there are 3.2 million referrals to social services on allegations of child maltreatment each year – one-quarter of which are found …

The Autism Book: Interview with pediatrician Dr. Robert Sears
Wednesday, 7 Apr, 2010 – 3:06 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
I have to admit that before I read the latest addition to the Sears Parenting Library – The Autism Book: What Every Parent Needs to …

From Heartache to Hope: Interview with Leisa Hammett of the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee
Wednesday, 7 Apr, 2010 – 2:48 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
The personal stories of families and individuals affected by autism in the beautifully photographed book, From Heartache to Hope: Middle Tennessee Families Living with Autism …

Stay Connected with Your Grown Children: An interview with grandmother Ruth Nemzoff
Wednesday, 17 Feb, 2010 – 16:48 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
According to cultural standards, I am not an adult, even though I am many years out of school, own my home, have been married for …

What Children REALLY Want: An interview with author Licia Rando
Tuesday, 1 Dec, 2009 – 1:45 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
A cup of hot cocoa, a bubble bath, a cozy blanket, a cuddle with a fluffy dog, a steamy bowl of soup, a tuck into …

Another Look at Breastfeeding with HIV/AIDS: An Interview with Marian Tompson, co-founder of LLLI
Tuesday, 10 Nov, 2009 – 11:45 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
When we think of the Attachment Parenting International Principle of Feeding with Love and Respect, what first pops into our minds is a woman enjoying …

Working without Weaning: An Interview with author Kirsten Berggren
Tuesday, 27 Oct, 2009 – 12:02 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Attachment Parenting International’s seventh of the Eight Principles of Parenting, Providing Consistent and Loving Care, explains how babies and young children have an intense need …