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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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The Family Table
Tuesday, 20 Oct, 2009 – 0:04 | No Comment

By Judy Sanders, member of API’s Board of Directors and API’s Editorial Review Board
It’s dinnertime somewhere. Families sit around a dining table, or gather around a short-legged table, or settle on a rug in a …

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 …

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 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 …

The Parade of Little Girls
Tuesday, 18 Aug, 2009 – 14:44 | 3 Comments

By Tamara Brennan
Sooner or later, in every child’s life, it’s bound to happen. For my tender child, unexpected rejection came from her very first friend and before her third birthday. Clarisa and her shadow, little …

Is ‘I Love Lucy’ Educational?
Tuesday, 18 Aug, 2009 – 14:22 | No Comment

By Jan Hunt, member of API’s Advisory Board and API’s Editorial Review Board. Reprinted with permission from www.naturalchild.org. 
During a debate on legislation that would require a minimum of three hours of “educational and informative” television …

Parenting through Business Trips, Military Deployment, and Other Extended Separations
Tuesday, 18 Aug, 2009 – 14:09 | 3 Comments

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family
Every child and each parent is different, and family situations differ just as much as the people in them, making each situation unique with successes and challenges …

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 …

Letter to the Editor: The Truth about TV
Wednesday, 12 Aug, 2009 – 5:11 | No Comment

By Joanna Glass, leader of API of Garner, North Carolina
Editor’s Note: This Letter to the Editor was written in response to an article published on The Attached Family on July 28, 2009, “TV as a …

No is Not the Lesson: Solving Power Struggles
Tuesday, 4 Aug, 2009 – 2:12 | 4 Comments

By Gaynell Payne
A part on our dishwasher broke. I spread a towel on the counter and washed the dishes by hand, laying them on the towel to dry. While I was washing, my 23-month-old son …

What Parents Need to Know about Cell Phones
Tuesday, 4 Aug, 2009 – 1:45 | One Comment

By Lisa Anthony, reprinted with permission from CellPhones.org
Editor’s Note: Attachment Parenting International doesn’t take a stance on cell phone use for children and adolescents. This article is to inform parents who do allow cell phone use, …

The 4 Parenting Styles: What Works and What Doesn’t
Tuesday, 4 Aug, 2009 – 1:00 | 5 Comments

By Dr. Maryann Rosenthal, co-author of Be A Parent, Not A Pushover, reprinted with permission from DrMA.com
I believe it’s that overall style or pattern of action — rather than a specific decision — that will …

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 …

Unschooling: Learning through Play
Tuesday, 21 Jul, 2009 – 22:47 | 2 Comments

By Jan Hunt, member of API’s Advisory Board and API’s Editorial Review Board. Reprinted with permission from www.naturalchild.org
My son Jason, now a young adult, has been unschooled from the beginning – we were fortunate …

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

By Heidi Green ©, reprinted with permission from BabyGooRoo.com
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

By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
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 …

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 …

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. …

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; …