Thu, 04/24/2014 – 1:01 | No Comment

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.

Spotlight On: Birth, Breath and Death
Wed, 15/01/14 – 0:39 | No Comment

An interview with author Amy Wright Glenn about her book Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula.
Tell us about your book.
Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and …

10 Parenting Resolutions for the New Year
Thu, 9/01/14 – 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 …

API Reads January & February 2014: The Science of Parenting
Fri, 3/01/14 – 0:51 | No Comment

Let’s start out 2014 by talking about The Science of Parenting by Margot Sunderland. Some of the interesting sections from the first half of the book are:

Your child’s three brains

Parenting the brain

The science of comforting

The …

The Best Gift You Could Ever Give Your Child
Wed, 18/12/13 – 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
Wed, 11/12/13 – 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
Tue, 3/12/13 – 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 …

Join Us for API Reads in Dec 2013: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
Tue, 3/12/13 – 4:22 | No Comment

“Parents should set limits on acts, but not on emotions and desires.” This is just one of many invaluable quotes we have found from the book. Do you know which kind of parenting style you …

Power Games for a Joyful Bedtime
Wed, 27/11/13 – 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
Thu, 21/11/13 – 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
Thu, 14/11/13 – 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
Thu, 7/11/13 – 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 …

API Reads Nov & Dec 2013: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
Fri, 1/11/13 – 2:17 | No Comment

Do you know what Emotion Coaching is?
Have you heard of the “scaffolding technique”?
Do you know the role of the father in our children’s lives?
How can you bring more empathy into your relationship with your children …

Spotlight On: You Are My World
Wed, 30/10/13 – 1:25 | 4 Comments

An interview with author Amy Hatkoff about her book You Are My World.

Tell us about your book. What was the inspiration?

Today, more than ever before, there is a burgeoning body of scientific research confirming that …

Spotlight On: Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids
Tue, 22/10/13 – 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
Wed, 16/10/13 – 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
Thu, 10/10/13 – 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
Thu, 3/10/13 – 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 …

Beyond Red Ridinghood: Protecting Children From Our Pain About the World
Wed, 25/09/13 – 4:20 | 6 Comments

By Tamara Brennan, Ph.D., executive director of The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action and writer at Mindful Moms Blog. Originally published on www.NationOfChange.org.
If, as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a …

Spotlight On: Dr. Peter Ernest Haiman
Tue, 17/09/13 – 23:17 | No Comment

API: Tell us about how you began working with children and families.
PH: Since the early 1960s, I’ve been helping parents who have come to me with their frustrations about rearing their young children and adolescents. …

Dual-Income Families Can Be AP, Too
Thu, 12/09/13 – 2:50 | 8 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family, API’s Publications Coordinator and API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska), originally published on TheAttachedFamily.com on October 21, 2008.
There is a widespread belief that to be a good Attachment …

API of Frederick, Maryland (USA)
Wed, 11/09/13 – 3:17 | No Comment

By Kelly Shealer, API Leader and Support Group Co-Leader
When did your group form?
2006
When a parent comes to your group, what can he/she expect? What meeting format do you have?
We generally have a round-robin format where …

API Reads – September and October Featured Book
Thu, 5/09/13 – 4:02 | No Comment

Why do we choose the partners we do?
 

Why do they seem to have some characteristics that resemble those of our caregivers?
 

Why does it seem that opposites attract?
 

How is the communication in the relationship enhanced so that …

How a Child’s Identity Schema is Related to Self-Regulation
Thu, 5/09/13 – 3:04 | 9 Comments

By Denise Durkin, M.A., early childhood mental health consultant and self-regulation specialist, www.ourholistickids.com
We know that when we engage children personally over time through our warm, sincere, kind and playful interest in them and their activities, …

Set Kids Up for Success in School
Tue, 27/08/13 – 23:07 | No Comment

By Bill Corbett, author of the Love, Limits, & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids book series and the founder and president of Cooperative Kids, www.CooperativeKids.com
Whether you’re reading this before your children start …

Trust Your Children More; Teach Them Less
Wed, 14/08/13 – 6:20 | 6 Comments

By Bonnie Harris, M.S.Ed., director of Connective Parenting, www.bonnieharris.com, reprinted with permission
The more stories I hear from parents, the more I know that trusting our children’s capabilities and detours is the path to connected relationships …