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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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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 Beyond Breastfeeding, Babywearing, and Cosleeping
Wednesday, 23 May, 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, 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 …

Comparing Children
Friday, 30 Mar, 2012 – 17:59 | 3 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
Comparing seems to be part of human nature. We compare ourselves to others. We compare our children to each other and to …

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 …

Baby Signing a Practical Way of Communicating
Thursday, 23 Feb, 2012 – 16:05 | 8 Comments

By Jamie Birdsong Nieroda, attachment parenting leader (API of Suffolk County-Long Island, New York, USA)
I was never one of those people, pre-kids, who romanticized parenting. I worried instead about how my baby and I would …

Celebrate Your Toddler’s “No!”
Thursday, 9 Feb, 2012 – 15:32 | 17 Comments

By Judy Arnall, director of Attachment Parenting Canada,
I walked into the kitchen and discovered my two-year-old blonde-haired daughter, dressed in her little pink fleece sleeper with the padded feet, standing on top of the …

What Happens to the Brain When We “Lose It”
Thursday, 19 Jan, 2012 – 17:14 | 11 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and attachment parenting leader (API of Portland, Oregon USA)
Learning neuroscience isn’t something every parent has time for, so Dr. Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell, authors of Parenting from …

Connecting with Older Children during Pregnancy
Wednesday, 18 Jan, 2012 – 12:16 | No Comment

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, contributing editor to The Attached Family
When I was pregnant with my first child, I wrote in my journal nearly every day about what I felt and the changes I was experiencing. Once …

Breastfeeding on Demand is OK
Thursday, 8 Dec, 2011 – 19:24 | 36 Comments

By Ashley Franz, attachment parenting leader (API of Central Arkansas, USA)

Once upon a time, there was a magical land where babies never cried…
A couple of friends asked me lately how to avoid running low on, …

Creating a Village
Wednesday, 9 Nov, 2011 – 15:14 | 3 Comments

By Jenni Pertuset, parent consultant, API Leader in Seattle, Washington USA,
The life of a parent can feel very isolated. Warm relationships with caring adults can sustain us when we’re struggling and help our children …

Reflections on Motherhood
Wednesday, 9 Nov, 2011 – 14:59 | 2 Comments

By Barbara P. Benjamin, poet and author of Beneath the Surface (as Barbara Scott), children’s author of One White Christmas in Alabama and My Best Friend Millie
I am the mother of a 26-year-old daughter. I …

Spotlight On: Million Minute Family Challenge
Wednesday, 24 Aug, 2011 – 18:24 | 3 Comments

API: Tell us, exactly what is the Million Minute Family Challenge?
BETH MUEHLENKAMP: The Million Minute Family Challenge is a grassroots effort across the United States and Canada to encourage families and friends to play non-electronic …

The Busy Brain Kit
Wednesday, 24 Aug, 2011 – 18:23 | One Comment

By Judy Arnall, director of Attachment Parenting Canada,
Are you worried about your children’s bent necks and poor posture? Do their batteries run out at the wrong time?  Concerned that your toddler might drop your …

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 …

10 Phrases to Make a Better Parent
Wednesday, 27 Jul, 2011 – 17:03 | 7 Comments

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress,
Many times as parents, we blurt out sayings that we heard as children and later vowed to never say to our own children. However, that is easier …

Staying in Control when Things are Out of Control
Sunday, 3 Jul, 2011 – 18:03 | 9 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
“When I’m calm, I have no trouble responding patiently, but the problem is that my child’s tantrums jangle my nerves and I lose …

Breastfeeding after ‘Almost’ Weaning
Sunday, 3 Jul, 2011 – 17:54 | 9 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,
Q: My two-year-old had almost completely weaned himself a few months ago. Then I got laid off from work and he began nursing all over …

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 …

Stripping the Layers of Advice
Tuesday, 7 Jun, 2011 – 17:17 | 11 Comments

By Carrie Kerr, Safe Sleep Editor for The Attached Family
My grandma was working on writing a book when I was a teenager. The subject was music. She never finished the manuscript, so I can’t be …

The Importance of Making Mistakes
Wednesday, 25 May, 2011 – 10:12 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader for Portland API, Oregon USA
So often, as parents, we try to prevent our kids from making mistakes. We issue warnings, reach out to help, or just …

The Third Step in Responding with Sensitivity
Wednesday, 18 May, 2011 – 9:50 | 2 Comments

By Dottie Stone Coleman, MAT, MEd
Whatever their age, every interaction with our children — every word, every response, every look – has the potential to build up their self-confidence and self-esteem, or tear it down. Likewise, …

The Use — and Abuse — of Attachment Research in Family Courts
Wednesday, 18 May, 2011 – 9:41 | 10 Comments

By Peter Ernest Haiman, PhD, reprinted with permission,
An enormous amount of exceedingly important, valid, and reliable research on child development has been published in the last half century. Unfortunately, very little of this information …