The Attached Family Current Issue

A Need for Paid Parental Leave

Because of the overwhelming research, and our advocacy for infants and toddlers, Attachment Parenting International (API) is in full support of strong parental leave policies for all nations, similar to those in many countries around the world. Sweden’s policy is probably one of the most generous, with 480 days of paid parental leave. About the … Continue reading A Need for Paid Parental Leave

5 Tips for Parents With — and Without — Access to Paid Parental Leave

Attachment Parenting International (API) advocates knowledge and practices that value and maximize parental leave, recognizing parental presence with a child fosters early secure attachment and benefits families, businesses and societies. About the Author Artimesia Yuen is the KnowledgeBase Coordinator for Attachment Parenting International (API), Editor of the Journal of Attachment Parenting, member of API’s Board … Continue reading 5 Tips for Parents With — and Without — Access to Paid Parental Leave

Who Will Baby Attach to?

So what are the essential experiences that an infant needs to set their primary attachment figure apart from their other secondary ones? Rapid response to crying and initiating social play are the 2 experiences that are the greatest promoters of attachment behavior during the first 7 months. This would normally lead the baby to develop … Continue reading Who Will Baby Attach to?

Parental Presence, Real-life

We hope you now understand the incredible value of parents’ presence in the early weeks and months after the birth of a baby — that being home with a newborn is not simply a nicety, but a critical component of the budding parent-child attachment. The United States is one of the very few developed nations … Continue reading Parental Presence, Real-life

Parental Leave Benefits Employers, Too

Just 12% of American workers are offered paid family leave through their employer, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — while other developed countries offer as much as 1 year of leave to care for a child. About the Author Stephanie Carson is a journalist with the Public News Service for Tennessee, USA. While … Continue reading Parental Leave Benefits Employers, Too

Moments to Cherish

Our challenges in providing parental presence in the early years are but moments that we will remember fondly and that help shape our child’s perception of what love is. About the Author Yvette Lamb writes for APtly Said, the blog of Attachment Parenting International. She lives with her son in the United Kingdom. Children must … Continue reading Moments to Cherish

What Really Matters When It Comes to Daycare

Perhaps the most critical decision parents face in their parenting journey is who will be the primary caregiver of their cherished and vulnerable new baby. For most parents over the centuries, this has been the role of the biological mother, but in the last 50 years, we have seen a huge cultural shift in the … Continue reading What Really Matters When It Comes to Daycare

Parental Leave Isn’t a Privilege — It’s a Necessity

On occasion, we see a post circulating the Web about the cash-value of stay-at-home parents if they were paid the going rate for their hours “on the clock” and for the multiple, often-simultaneous roles they play, from “facilities manager” and “counselor” to “janitor” and “teacher.” According to one such post at, the average stay-at-home … Continue reading Parental Leave Isn’t a Privilege — It’s a Necessity

Partners in Presence

During the month of October 2015, Attachment Parenting International (API) joined with 11 other partners and sponsors in observing Attachment Parenting Month 2015 with the theme: “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.” The purpose of AP Month 2015 was to add to growing national and global discussions on the importance and logistics of paid parental … Continue reading Partners in Presence

18 Days of Presence Inspired


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