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1. Pregnancy & Birth

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2. The Infant

From newborn to 17 months.

3. The Toddler

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4. The Growing Child

From age 4 to age 9.

5. The Adolescent

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Using Media Literacy in the Battle for Our Children’s Minds – and Health
Tuesday, 6 Oct, 2009 – 11:27 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Who’s teaching your children about food and nutrition? As much as parents hope the answer is them, even attached children are barraged by food messages …

Rescue Your Baby from Obesity
Tuesday, 6 Oct, 2009 – 10:54 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
As attachment parents, we need to be sure that we love and accept our children no matter what – and this includes their weight. Some …

Is Organic Really Healthier?
Monday, 21 Sep, 2009 – 19:15 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Georgia Jones isn’t accustomed to addressing a crowd as knowledgeable about food as are many attached parents. An University of Nebraska-Lincoln nutrition professor, Jones spends …

API’s Role in Shaping Parenting: Highlights from the 2009 API Think Tank Event in Nashville, TN
Wednesday, 9 Sep, 2009 – 16:10 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
In an unprecedented move, Attachment Parenting International gathered eight brilliant minds in Attachment Parenting for the organization’s 15th Anniversary Celebration gathering the last weekend of …

Dr. Isabelle Fox on Overnight Visitations: As Harmful as We Suspect?
Friday, 4 Sep, 2009 – 9:38 | 92 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Attachment Parenting International regularly fields questions from members regarding different aspects of attachment, child development, and challenging family situations. Easily the largest area of concern …

Dr. Isabelle Fox on Divorce and Older Children
Thursday, 3 Sep, 2009 – 10:08 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Ideally, marriage lasts forever, but for a variety of reasons, many families today will experience divorce – an event that is as difficult on older …

Say Sorry
Wednesday, 12 Aug, 2009 – 17:38 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
One of the hardest situations I face in my household is when one of my children hurts the other one, whether by accident or in …

Bonding Begins in Utero…for Fathers, Too
Wednesday, 12 Aug, 2009 – 17:14 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Pregnancy is an amazing time of bonding between a mother and her baby, especially during a first pregnancy. There is no way to describe what …

To Intervene or Not? Deciding When and How to Get Involved in Another Parent’s Situation
Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2009 – 12:35 | 4 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
We’ve all seen it – a mother losing her temper toward her child in the grocery store, or a father treating his child in a …

Dawn of Attachment: Why Mom’s Emotions Matter During Pregnancy
Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2009 – 12:02 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
During my second pregnancy, I was a ball of nerves. While my baby was born healthily, she was of a lower birth weight than what …

TV as a Parenting Tool?
Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2009 – 11:49 | 4 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Most parenting experts advise that parents use extreme caution in allowing their child to watch television, especially younger children, and even with educational programming. And …

Yelling Works…and Other Parenting Myths Busted
Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2009 – 11:32 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Susie Walton used to yell at her kids – a lot.
“The older they got, the more I yelled,” recalled Walton, an International Network for Children …

A Win-Win Situation: How to Teach Sportsmanship
Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2009 – 10:49 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Board games, sports, and other competitive activities can bring families closer together as well as teach children important lessons about character. A friend of mine …

Lose that Stubborn Baby Fat…and Keep Your Exercise AP-Friendly
Tuesday, 21 Jul, 2009 – 22:28 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Pregnancy changes a woman’s body, and in ways that last long after the baby comes. Many women find that their shoes no longer fit, or …

Name Your Baby the AP Way
Tuesday, 14 Jul, 2009 – 1:31 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Perhaps no activity can consume as much of an expectant couple’s time and energy as choosing a name for their baby. While other aspects of …

Regain “Control” of Your Teen
Tuesday, 14 Jul, 2009 – 0:52 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Has your teenager stopped listening to you? Do you routinely catch him telling lies, or does she continually break curfew? You may be finding yourself …

AP is Good for Mom, Too
Tuesday, 30 Jun, 2009 – 15:44 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Experts and parents agree – telling and retelling of a birth story is vital for a woman to overcome an emotionally traumatic birth. But there …

Parenting without Spoiling
Tuesday, 30 Jun, 2009 – 15:02 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Neighbor: “Oh, your children are always so wonderful to be around! I can tell that you take parenting seriously.”
Parent: “Thank you! I think they’re wonderful, …

America’s Family Crisis: Parental Depression Putting 15 Million U.S. Children at Risk
Tuesday, 16 Jun, 2009 – 1:03 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Depression is beyond epidemic proportions, not only in the United States but in many societies around the world. People like to blame more recent economic …

What Attachment Parenting Does for Your Child’s Future
Tuesday, 16 Jun, 2009 – 0:06 | One Comment

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

Especially if you’re new to Attachment Parenting, you may be wondering what does parenting have to do with your adult relationships. Quite a lot, if …

Helping Your Adopted Teen Develop an Identity
Tuesday, 9 Jun, 2009 – 1:52 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Parenting during the teenage years is as trying on the young adult as it is on his parents. But if your child was adopted or …

What Your Child’s Lovie Says about Your Attachment
Tuesday, 9 Jun, 2009 – 0:14 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
I don’t encourage the use of lovies – blankets, teddy bears, or other objects children can develop an attachment to – in my household but …

Heal Thyself through Birth Storytelling
Tuesday, 2 Jun, 2009 – 0:31 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
In preparing the Spring 2009 issue of The Attached Family, I asked a number of women to tell their birth stories who were too uncomfortable …

How to Handle a Little Shoplifter
Monday, 1 Jun, 2009 – 23:12 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
When I was younger, my mother would take my sister and I to browse through little shops in our hometown full of local artisan’s crafts. …

Dealing with an Angry Teen
Monday, 1 Jun, 2009 – 22:43 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Do you find yourself getting frustrated with your teen? So does every parent at some time. What about anger – has your relationship with your …