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.

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),
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, Originally published on, 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
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
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 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?
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,
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,
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,, 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 …

Breastfeeding the Right-Brained Way
Sun, 4/08/13 – 2:15 | 5 Comments

By Kathleen Kendall-Tackett (PhD, IBCLC) & Nancy Mohrbacher (IBCLC), authors, originally published on on March 17, 2009
In modern Western cultures, mothers have more information about breastfeeding than any time in human history. Unfortunately, most …

The Vital Importance of the Grandparent-Grandchild Bond
Wed, 31/07/13 – 6:45 | 22 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family, API’s Publications Coordinator, API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska), originally published on on November 8, 2008
It has only been about 20 years since Dr. William Sears coined …

Summer Vacation: Freedom From or Freedom To?
Wed, 24/07/13 – 0:00 | One Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, the Center for Attachment Parenting in Israel, and an international faculty member of the Neufeld Institute, Canada
“There’s nothing to do!  I’m bored!” is the battle-cry of …

Three Simple Communication Tips for a Happier Vacation
Thu, 18/07/13 – 3:58 | 2 Comments

By Stacy Jagger, MMFT, owner of Sunnybrook Counseling,
If you are anything like me, it is so easy to overdo it on a vacation. I am known among my friends for squeezing all I can …

Tue, 9/07/13 – 23:30 | 2 Comments

By Shari Adelson-Pollard
**Originally published in the Fall 2007 Special Needs issue of The Journal of API and published on in August  2009
When I was young, I would sometimes join in with other kids who …

The Opportunities of Summer Vacation
Wed, 3/07/13 – 0:04 | No Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
I love summer vacation. I remember picnics at the beach and playing in the sand. On very hot days my older sister …

Keeping a Schedule When There is No Schedule
Tue, 2/07/13 – 23:47 | No Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
One of the best things about summer vacation for children is that there is no fixed schedule. Kids don’t have to get …

Join Us For API Reads: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family
Tue, 2/07/13 – 8:47 | No Comment

Our July/August online book discussion will be based on Renée Peterson Trudeau’s book Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life. 
To join the discussion, please click here …

Tomorrow is the Last Day He is Four
Tue, 25/06/13 – 3:23 | 3 Comments

By Emily Cherkin, originally published on, reprinted with permission from Ashoka.
This morning, it snowed in Seattle.  And it reminded me of the night Max was born, almost exactly five years ago, when it was …

Date Night: Why and How To Make It Happen
Thu, 13/06/13 – 13:40 | No Comment

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline Without Distress and co-founder of Attachment Parenting Canada,  Her date night blog is at
In the movie Date Night, the characters played by Steve Carell and Tina Fey are …