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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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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, http://apiseattle.org
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 | 2 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, www.professionalparenting.ca
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, www.professionalparenting.ca
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, http://lifecenter.org.il
“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, www.naomialdort.com
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, www.peterhaiman.com
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 …

Embracing Positive Discipline’s Challenges
Tuesday, 19 Apr, 2011 – 11:28 | 11 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader of API of East Portland, Oregon USA
Positive discipline doesn’t come instinctively for many people. In fact, that’s why most parents endeavor in positive discipline in the first …

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, …

The “See One, Teach One, Do One” Approach to Teaching
Wednesday, 23 Mar, 2011 – 17:13 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader for Portland API, Oregon USA
Teaching children practical life skills takes more time than we usually think.  It’s common for parents to get frustrated with kids who …

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 …

Respectful Potty Training
Tuesday, 1 Feb, 2011 – 20:36 | 10 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.naomialdort.com
Q: I have read about raising babies without diapers, or getting them out of diapers by two. I am pregnant and would like to do …

Routines for Preschoolers
Tuesday, 1 Feb, 2011 – 20:12 | 5 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader for East Portland API, Oregon USA
Many parents fall into a routine with their new baby sometime in the first few months of life. Eating and sleeping …

When Daddy Goes Away
Sunday, 23 Jan, 2011 – 19:18 | 8 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.naomialdort.com
Q: My husband will be going away for eight weeks in the near future. I am wondering how I can ease the stress of this …

Spotlight On: Camp Common Ground
Sunday, 23 Jan, 2011 – 18:38 | 2 Comments

API: Tell us, exactly what is Camp Common Ground?
CAROLE BLANE: I am a Leader of an Attachment Parenting International group in New Jersey and also the Program Coordinator at Camp Common Ground in Vermont. I …

The Best Time for Bilingual Education
Sunday, 23 Jan, 2011 – 18:35 | No Comment

By Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas, www.primroseschools.com
Traditional wisdom has been to start teaching a second language in middle school, or even high school. Yet numerous research studies clearly demonstrate that the optimal period in a …

The Toddler: ‘Baby on Wheels’
Monday, 3 Jan, 2011 – 20:41 | 2 Comments

By Avanya Manasseh
It’s 8:30 in the morning. My husband looks at me on his way to work and says, “Have a great day!” Apparently he didn’t notice the poop on my shirt and disinfectant wipes …