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In this issue of Attached Family, we take a look at the cultural explosion of breastfeeding advocacy, as well as the challenges still to overcome. API writer Sheena Sommers begins this issue with “The Real Breastfeeding Story,” including …

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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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Articles in 4. The Growing Child

Navigating Military Life with API’s Eight Principles of Parenting
Thursday, 10 Apr, 2014 – 3:00 | 2 Comments

By Kathryn Abbott, API Leader. Kathryn led an API Support Group in Skagit County, WA, in 2011-2012 and then served as a Co-Leader for San Diego County API in 2012-2013. She plans to start a new …

40 Percent of Children Miss Out on the Parenting Needed to Succeed in Life
Wednesday, 9 Apr, 2014 – 6:07 | No Comment

Press release issued March 21, 2014, by the University of Bristol.
Four in 10 babies don’t develop the strong emotional bonds–what psychologists call “secure attachment”–with their parents that are crucial to success later in life. Disadvantaged children …

API Cofounders Featured in Parenting with Presence Summit
Thursday, 3 Apr, 2014 – 4:48 | No Comment

World peace, for many, may seem like an unattainable ideal. Not so for families finding support through Attachment Parenting International (API), whose research-backed parenting approach promotes healthy relationships rooted in nonviolent communication and respectful interactions, …

Pocket Full of Feelings: An Interview with co-creator Dr. Ann Corwin
Tuesday, 1 Apr, 2014 – 3:50 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, API’s publications coordinator, managing editor of Attached Family magazine and an API Leader (Hastings, Nebraska, USA).
 
Part of the core of Attachment Parenting is teaching our children about emotions—what they’re feeling and what …

Strengthening Secure Attachment Through Food
Friday, 28 Mar, 2014 – 5:20 | No Comment

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words For Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting International Leader (API of Portland, Oregon, USA), www.kellybartlett.net. Originally published in the “Feeding Our Children” 2009 issue of Attached …

Malnourished by a Western Diet, or NDD
Thursday, 27 Mar, 2014 – 3:54 | No Comment

By Dr. William Sears, pediatrician, author and member of API’s Advisory Board. Originally published in the “Feeding Our Children” 2009 issue of Attached Family.
Oftentimes, parents bring their child to me for consultation on learning or …

Feeding the Whole Family: An Interview with Cynthia Lair of Cookus Interruptus
Wednesday, 26 Mar, 2014 – 5:14 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, API’s publications coordinator, managing editor of Attached Family magazine and an API Leader (Hastings, Nebraska, USA). Originally published in the “Feeding Our Children” 2009 issue of Attached Family.
My mother has a PhD …

Kids in the Kitchen: An Interview with Sally Sampson, Founder of ChopChopKids
Wednesday, 19 Mar, 2014 – 2:06 | No Comment

By Lisa Lord, editor of The Attached Family.com.
After my oldest son turned one year old, the number of foods he would eat slowly began shrinking, and it continues it’s descent toward the single digits. Luckily …

Manage Your Emotions: How to Cool Down Before You Blow Up
Friday, 14 Mar, 2014 – 7:42 | No Comment

By Kassandra Brown, parent coach in private practice at ParentCoaching.org.
Your baby is crying at 3 a.m. It’s not the first time tonight you’ve gotten out of bed to answer her call and offer her your …

Emotional Eating: An Interview with Dr. Marian Tanofsky-Kraff
Tuesday, 18 Feb, 2014 – 5:21 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family, API’s Publications Coordinator and API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska)
Feeding a child involves more than providing nutrients. From birth on, there is a very strong emotional component. This …

How Attachment Parenting Produces Independent Kids
Thursday, 6 Feb, 2014 – 5:41 | No Comment

By Zoe Claire, originally published on www.unnecessarywisdom.wordpress.com. Reprinted with permission.
Children are in our care for a limited amount of time, generally spanning two decades. During that time, their needs change drastically yet gradually from year …

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 …

An Attached Family in 3 Languages
Wednesday, 22 Jan, 2014 – 5:51 | No Comment

By Birute Efe, AttachFromScratch.com.
We speak three languages at home with our two children, aged 5 years and 20 months: English, Lithuanian and Turkish. No, the children are not geniuses or extra-advanced. They are just regular …

10 Parenting Resolutions for the New Year
Thursday, 9 Jan, 2014 – 4:21 | No Comment

By Bill Corbett, author of Love, Limits, & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids in English and in Spanish and member of the API Resource Advisory Committee, www.CooperativeKids.com.
Every January presents us with the …

The Best Gift You Could Ever Give Your Child
Wednesday, 18 Dec, 2013 – 1:15 | 3 Comments

By Bill Corbett, author of the award-winning book series Love, Limits, & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids in English and in Spanish and member of the API Resource Advisory Committee, www.CooperativeKids.com.
It’s nearly …

Emotions, Limits and Spirited Kids: An interview with Dr. Jane Nelson
Wednesday, 11 Dec, 2013 – 4:42 | No Comment

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words for Kids, API Leader and Certified Positive Discipline Educator, www.kellybartlett.net.
After infancy comes the age of autonomy. It’s a time when a child’s physical activity takes off, language flourishes …

Love is the Color of a Rainbow: An Interview with author Kathy Parra
Tuesday, 3 Dec, 2013 – 4:42 | No Comment

API interviewed author Kathy Parra about her children’s book, Love is the Color of a Rainbow.

Tell us about your book. What was the inspiration?

Love is the Color of a Rainbow is about Willow, a little …

Power Games for a Joyful Bedtime
Wednesday, 27 Nov, 2013 – 4:44 | One Comment

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.AuthenticParent.com

Editor’s Note: The author invites us to consider a different perspective on children’s behavior. You may wish to read this in conjunction with API’s Balance …

Ask A Leader: Housework Stress and Car Seat Woes
Thursday, 21 Nov, 2013 – 10:36 | No Comment

By Leyani Redditi and Cason Zarro, API Leaders of API of Greater Atlanta, Georgia
Q: I am feeling overwhelmed with household chores and parenting. I want to be present for my children, but the pressure of …

Recipe for Raising Healthy Eaters
Thursday, 14 Nov, 2013 – 0:25 | 10 Comments

By Sarina Behar Natkin, LICSW, parent educator, www.growparenting.com. Originally published on TheAttachedFamily.com on May 4, 2012.
“What’s for dinner?”
“Ugh, I hate green beans!”
“Can I have dessert yet?”
“I’m not hungry (but I will be as soon as …

Making Time-out Positive
Thursday, 7 Nov, 2013 – 8:57 | No Comment

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words For Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting International Leader (API of Portland, Oregon, USA), www.kellybartlett.net
In parenting, time-outs have an important and effective role. A time-out is …

Spotlight On: Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids
Tuesday, 22 Oct, 2013 – 0:29 | One Comment

An interview with Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids author, Dr. Laura Markham.

Tell us about your book. What was the inspiration?

Most parenting books focus on changing the child’s behavior. But when you try to control another person’s …

How to Parent with Attunement and Creativity
Wednesday, 16 Oct, 2013 – 0:04 | One Comment

By Brooke Campbell,  MA, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer, founder and director of Creative Kinections LLC, www.creativekinections.com. Originally published on www.relationshipadvicecafe.com, reprinted with permission.
This article was challenging to put …

Spotlight On: The Power of Parenting
Thursday, 10 Oct, 2013 – 0:06 | No Comment

API: Can you tell us about your book? 

The Power of Parenting is a motivational parenting book designed to help parents instill infants and children of all ages with positive beliefs, self-esteem, focus and a successful …

Discipline for Young Children: 12 Alternatives to Time-Outs
Thursday, 3 Oct, 2013 – 4:48 | 3 Comments

Attachment Parenting Month 2013 is here! With this year’s theme of “Parenting Creatively: The Art of Parenting” in mind, we are pleased to share this article by reader Ariadne Brill, who blogs at positiveparentingconnection.net.
If you …