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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.

Nutritional Deficiencies in the Mother May Affect Her Attachment with Her Baby
Tue, 24/02/09 – 0:41 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
Nutritional deficiencies in mothers can affect her mental health and lead to inconsistent patterns of mother-child interactions, which in turn increases the likelihood of creating an insecure attachment between the mother and …

Secure Attachment During Preschool Years Predicts Healthier Peer Friendships
Tue, 24/02/09 – 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 …

Poor Attachment Leads to Adult Anxiety Disorders
Mon, 23/02/09 – 23:43 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
A study to be published in the March issue of Behavior Therapy, “Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Connections with Self-Reported Attachment,” credits secure parent-child attachment in lessening the risk of that child eventually developing a …

How to Play with Your Baby
Mon, 23/02/09 – 20:27 | One Comment

By Maathangi Iyer, staff writer for The Attached Family
Your child is naturally imaginative — all children are. Most theories of child development view young children as highly creative, with a natural tendency to fantasize, experiment, and …

“Giving the Love that Heals,” an interview with attachment therapist Harville Hendrix
Sat, 14/02/09 – 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” …

Separation without Anxiety
Mon, 9/02/09 – 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 …

UK Study on Orphaned Chimpanzees Could Benefit Human Orphans
Mon, 2/02/09 – 19:49 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
A study published in the Development Pyschobiology journal involving the care of orphaned chimpanzees could help change the way human orphans are cared for.
According to an article in the European Union’s CORDIS …

Children of ‘High Conflict’ Custody Battles Tend to Suffer More Emotionally
Mon, 2/02/09 – 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 …

Family Bonding Begins Before Birth for Unmarried Couples
Fri, 30/01/09 – 0:06 | One Comment

From API’s Communications Team
A University of Maryland study shows that, more than marriage, involving the father during the prenatal period leads to a stable family life.
The Fragile Families Child Well Being Study, published in the …

Canada Judge Reverses Custody in Case of Parental Alienation
Thu, 29/01/09 – 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
Sun, 25/01/09 – 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 …

Economic Recession is Reshaping Families
Fri, 23/01/09 – 16:48 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on, “Unemployed Dads Work to Find Their Place at Home,” the economic recession-spurred unemployment rate — expected to hit double digits in the United States — could be …

Negative Experiences Early in Life Can Lead to Teen Violence
Thu, 22/01/09 – 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 …

Length of Postpartum Depression Determines Mother-Baby Attachment Difficulties
Thu, 22/01/09 – 0:59 | 4 Comments

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on, “Postnatal Depression and Your Baby,” the length of a new mother’s postpartum depression has a strong tie with the difficulties she’ll experience in establishing a close …

Quiz: Are You a “Problem Parent?”
Mon, 19/01/09 – 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
Mon, 19/01/09 – 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
Thu, 15/01/09 – 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 …

Rates of Unnecessary Childbirth Interventions is Alarming
Sun, 11/01/09 – 2:51 | No Comment

From Lamaze International
Despite best evidence, health care providers continue to perform routine procedures during labor and birth that often are unnecessary and can have harmful results for mothers and babies.
The Centers for Disease Control and …

Secure vs. Insecure Attachment: A Quick Reminder
Sat, 10/01/09 – 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
Wed, 7/01/09 – 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
Wed, 7/01/09 – 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 …

Do Two Halves Make a Whole?
Mon, 29/12/08 – 1:09 | One Comment

By Isabelle Fox, PhD, author of Being There and Growing Up and member of API’s Advisory Board
**Originally published in the Fall 2006 Divorce & Single Parenting issue of The Journal of API
I frequently receive e-mail …

In Search of Support: My Experience as a Single AP Mom
Mon, 29/12/08 – 0:53 | 19 Comments

By Christy Farr Ferrelli, former executive director of API
**Originally published in the Fall 2006 Divorce & Single Parenting issue of The Journal of API
My experience as a single attachment parent started when my son was …

Duty Calls: An AP Single Parent’s Slice of Life
Mon, 29/12/08 – 0:23 | One Comment

By Hazel Larkin
**Originally published in the Fall 2006 Divorce & Single Parenting issue of The Journal of API
As the lone parent of two little girls four years old and two years old, one of the hardest …

Teaching Empathy Through Gentle Discipline
Mon, 29/12/08 – 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 …