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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

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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 …

Dealing with an Angry Teen
Monday, 1 Jun, 2009 – 22:43 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Do you find yourself getting frustrated with your teen? So does every parent at some time. What about anger – has your relationship with your …

Parenting Style Matters in Substance Abuse Prevention
Tuesday, 14 Apr, 2009 – 7:15 | No Comment

By Sadaf Rauf, staff writer for The Attached Family publications
Adolescent use of illicit drugs and alcohol has become a pervasive problem in contemporary society. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 2008 survey found that, …

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 …

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

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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” …

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 …

Canada Judge Reverses Custody in Case of Parental Alienation
Thursday, 29 Jan, 2009 – 21:15 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
Canadian parents who have been the target of parental alienation that is negatively affecting their attachment to their children now have the courts on their side. According to an article on, …

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 …

Negative Experiences Early in Life Can Lead to Teen Violence
Thursday, 22 Jan, 2009 – 23:39 | No Comment

From Duke University
Adverse experiences early in life can lead to minor childhood behavior problems, which can grow into serious acts of teen violence, according to new research.  This “cascading effect” of repeated negative incidents and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Being There for Our Children and Others Through Empathic Parenting
Saturday, 27 Dec, 2008 – 23:00 | No Comment

By Tamara Parnay
**Originally published in the Winter 2006-07 Balance issue of The Journal of API

When I was a child, I was fascinated by people and characters like “The Empath” on the Star Trek television series, …

Decoding Tantrums
Saturday, 27 Dec, 2008 – 19:10 | 7 Comments

By Stephanie Petters, leader of API of North Fulton, Georgia
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
When a parent utters the word tantrum to another parent, the reaction …

UAE Childhood Depression on the Rise
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 3:55 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on the United Arab Emirates’, “More than Sadness,” the rate of children with depression in the UAE is on the rise.
According to Dr. Timo Brosig of the …

Solution to Childhood Obesity is in the Parents’ Behavior
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 3:20 | One Comment

From API’s Publications Team
An article on the United Kingdom’s, “Tackle Child Obesity: Teach Mums to Eat,” explains how the solution to rising childhood obesity is in teaching parents that their eating behavior is how …

Looking Back on My Time as an AP Mother Now that My Children are Grown
Thursday, 4 Dec, 2008 – 3:32 | No Comment

By Lisa Walshe
Raising babies and small children is hard work. Physically, there is a lack of sleep and just the constancy of keeping up with toddlers. Apart from times of illness, I enjoyed the experience …

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooling Mother
Thursday, 4 Dec, 2008 – 2:48 | No Comment

By Avril Dannebaum, co-leader of API-NYC
One morning last summer, as my husband was getting ready to leave for work, I casually mentioned to our 10-year-old son Gerard that today was writing day and that the …

Dear Editor: Public School Photo Not Representative
Wednesday, 26 Nov, 2008 – 21:44 | No Comment

Dear Editor,
I appreciate the effort of the Growing Child issue (The Journal of API, Fall 2008) to focus on the education of our older API-parented children. However, I feel that there was negative bias against public school. The …

The Long-Term Effects of Bullying on the Victim, the Bully, and the Bystander
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 14:29 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Even as late as a generation ago, teasing was considered almost a rite of passage for school-age children. It was seen as the natural establishment …

Extracurricular Activities Should Be Fun, Not Work
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 9:43 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Kids today are busier than any generation before.
School-aged children and teens have ample opportunities to fill their free time with extracurricular activities, and many parents …

AP and the Growing Child
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 9:43 | One Comment

By Susan Esserman-Schack, Leader of API of Bergen County, NJ
I have a new baby in my family – he is now 17 months old. My last baby was born 10 years earlier. The one before …

AP Teaches Assertiveness
Saturday, 25 Oct, 2008 – 23:59 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Most parents who practice Attachment Parenting (AP) aren’t concerned about their children becoming bullies. After all, the goal of AP is to teach children empathy, …