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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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Diverting Anger in Toddlers
Tuesday, 14 Jul, 2009 – 1:51 | 2 Comments

By Gaynell Payne
With toddlerhood comes tantrums. While some parents are taken by surprise by the seemingly violent appearance of a child raised in a non-violent home, it is a perfectly natural rite of passage for …

A Resource for Parents of Picky Eaters
Tuesday, 14 Jul, 2009 – 0:44 | No Comment

By Heidi Green ©, reprinted with permission from
Five years ago, I had very firm ideas about childhood nutrition. “Balanced meals” was my mantra. I presented plates with foods of different colors (indicating different nutrients), …

Use Massage to Reconnect at the End of the Work Day
Tuesday, 7 Jul, 2009 – 0:30 | One Comment

In today’s world economy, we often find that most parents are working outside of the home. This may mean a two parent home has both parents working outside of …

Stop the Biting
Monday, 6 Jul, 2009 – 23:48 | No Comment

By Elizabeth Pantley, excerpted with permission from Perfect Parenting
“Today at our play group my son bit my friend’s daughter! My friend acted like it was a normal childhood problem, and told me not to worry …

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 …

Abolishing Corporal Punishment of Children
Tuesday, 9 Jun, 2009 – 1:09 | No Comment

From the Council of Europe
The Council of Europe wants a continent free of corporal punishment. Hitting people is wrong — and children are people, too.
To protect children from corporal punishment, the Council of Europe has …

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 …

Dear Editor: Use ‘Mainstream’ Instead of ‘Traditional’
Tuesday, 14 Apr, 2009 – 10:26 | No Comment

Dear Editor,
Just a quick note to question your comment in the opening article of the April 2009 issue of The Attached Family Ezine that Attachment Parenting is an alternative to “traditional” parenting. Perhaps the term “mainstream” would be better; …

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Releases Report on Physical Punishment in the U.S.
Monday, 23 Mar, 2009 – 23:42 | No Comment

From API’s Communications Team
A new report released by Phoenix Children’s Hospital in collaboration with a researcher at the University of Michigan concludes that there is little evidence that physical punishment improves children’s behavior in the …

Parenting Style Changes Gene Expression
Monday, 2 Mar, 2009 – 16:37 | One Comment

From API’s Communications Team
Research has, for many years, shown that the way a child is parented will physically shape his brain — that each interaction, good or bad, will create pathways within the brain as …

When ‘D’ Meets ‘S': The Role of Personality in Parenting
Monday, 2 Mar, 2009 – 12:51 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Through Attachment Parenting, we learn how truly powerful a close emotional relationship with our children can be. But even with the strongest of bonds, conflict …

Secure Attachment During Preschool Years Predicts Healthier Peer Friendships
Tuesday, 24 Feb, 2009 – 0:21 | 2 Comments

From API’s Publications Team
A child with a secure attachment to his mother at preschool age is likely to form closer friendships with peers, according to a study published in Child Development. The article, “Bond with Mom Helps …

“Giving the Love that Heals,” an interview with attachment therapist Harville Hendrix
Saturday, 14 Feb, 2009 – 22:36 | One Comment

Dear Readers,
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As promised in the Winter 2008-09 Healing Childhood Wounds issue of The Journal of API — as a followup to the article “The 11th Commandment” …

Separation without Anxiety
Monday, 9 Feb, 2009 – 3:09 | 19 Comments

By Grace Zell, staff writer for The Attached Family
About a year ago, a friend convinced me to do something good for myself and join the local gym. She would leave her two-year-old daughter in the …

Children of ‘High Conflict’ Custody Battles Tend to Suffer More Emotionally
Monday, 2 Feb, 2009 – 19:17 | 2 Comments

From API’s Publications Team
Custody cases are rarely pleasant, but in about 10 percent of these cases, it truly becomes a battle between the estranged parents and the long-term effects on their children’s mental wellbeing can …

Every Parent-Child Interaction Shapes the Brain
Sunday, 25 Jan, 2009 – 15:05 | One Comment

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family
Humans all begin the exact same way. We start our life out as a zygote, the fertilized egg in our mother’s uterus, 46 chromosomes that will determine …

Quiz: Are You a “Problem Parent?”
Monday, 19 Jan, 2009 – 22:15 | 23 Comments

By Tamara Parnay
People talk about the “problem child,” but I’m not really sure what a problem child is.
According to the MSN Encarta online dictionary, a problem child is “a child who requires a disproportionate amount …

The Role of Attachment in Healing Infant Depression
Monday, 19 Jan, 2009 – 22:14 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Depression — a mental illness marked by unrelenting sadness and hopelessness that permeates the lives of an estimated one in 18 people — is among the most …

Helping Children Resolve Emotional Hurts
Thursday, 15 Jan, 2009 – 2:14 | One Comment

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves
Dahlia was running around the house screaming and crying. “I hate her! I hate her! I will never play with her again!”
Finally, her steps slowed, and …

Secure vs. Insecure Attachment: A Quick Reminder
Saturday, 10 Jan, 2009 – 2:49 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
A January 6 article in the United Kingdom’s Nursery World magazine, “A Unique Child: Attachment – Practice in Pictures – A Sense of Security,” illustrates the difference between a securely and insecurely attached …

Obamas Will Be Parenting Role Models
Wednesday, 7 Jan, 2009 – 23:04 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
The Public News Service published an article featuring API Co-founder Lysa Parker’s perspective on U.S. President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama’s family values.
“The children are a striking example of well behaved, …

Mentally Ill Parents More Likely to Form Insecure Attachments with Their Children
Wednesday, 7 Jan, 2009 – 20:17 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on, “One in Four Aussie Kids Have Parent with Mental Illness,” mentally ill parents are more likely to form insecure attachments with their children.
A study published in …

Teaching Empathy Through Gentle Discipline
Monday, 29 Dec, 2008 – 0:10 | 2 Comments

By Tamara Parnay
**Originally published in the Fall 2006 Divorce & Single Parenting issue of The Journal of API
Our children model our behavior. When surrounded by people who love them and respond to them sensitively and …