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.

Parenting for a Sustainable World: Cultivating a Reverence for Life
Tue, 2/10/12 – 19:36 | No Comment

By Lysa Parker, MS, CFLE, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International, coauthor of Attached at the Heart, www.parentslifeline.com
**Reprinted with permission from Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine, www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org
It wasn’t until I became a parent that I truly …

Why Ask Permission to Touch the Baby?
Thu, 13/09/12 – 11:06 | 7 Comments

By Suzanne P. Reese, IAIMT, author of Baby Massage, www.infantmassageusa.org
The concept of asking a baby for permission for anything can be foreign to a lot of people, not just parents. Resistance often lies in, “The …

The $120 Swim Lessons: Should We Let Children Quit an Activity After Committing?
Thu, 13/09/12 – 11:04 | 5 Comments

By Judy Arnall, director of Attachment Parenting Canada, www.professionalparenting.ca
This was the summer my son was going to learn how to swim! He was seven years old and old enough to agree to the lessons when …

True Sharing Can’t Be Taught
Wed, 22/08/12 – 10:09 | 7 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of The Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, http://lifecenter.org.il
When educational television tries to teach young children to share, it’s helpful for parents to know how the desire to share really develops …

How Independence and Maturity Develops
Wed, 15/08/12 – 10:23 | One Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of The Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, http://lifecenter.org.il
A father of an 18-year-old boy recently consulted with me because, among other things, his son had totaled the family’s car. As any …

Cosleeping Reality: Your Toddler’s Bedtime May Be Yours, Too
Wed, 15/08/12 – 10:01 | 21 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.naomialdort.com
Q: Every night, I put my 13-month-old daughter to sleep in our family bed, but shortly afterward, she wakes up and I have to start …

Why Early Attachment Matters for Childhood, and Beyond
Tue, 3/07/12 – 15:25 | 7 Comments

By Peter Ernest Haiman, PhD, www.peterhaiman.com
The quality of love a mother gives during her child’s first years of life has a tremendous and long-term impact on that youngster. A life that could be described as …

Playful Learning
Tue, 3/07/12 – 13:37 | 5 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor & API leader
I am quite happy with the preschool that my children attended, although it took a lot of interviewing teachers and visiting sites, and a bit of trial-and-error, to …

Attachment Parenting Isn’t Asking Too Much…Our Society Is
Thu, 31/05/12 – 19:29 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and API leader
There is still a lot of discussion centering on Attachment Parenting, even though the controversial TIME coverage was almost three weeks ago, which is equal to eons away …

Forget Child- or Parent-Centered…Think Family-Centered
Thu, 31/05/12 – 18:54 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and API leader
Various parenting approaches are usually categorized as either child-centered or parent-centered, and there is great contention about which is better for both children and parents. Child-centered, critics say, …

Attachment Parenting Beyond Breastfeeding, Babywearing, and Cosleeping
Wed, 23/05/12 – 19:04 | 8 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, http://lifecenter.org.il
It’s not so much that pediatrician and author William Sears, MD, has remade motherhood, as TIME magazine suggested, but rather that he has …

Attachment Parenting, Illustrated
Tue, 22/05/12 – 19:04 | 5 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and API Leader
“The question should not be, ‘Are you mom enough?’ The questions should be:

Are you responsively parenting your child in a timely way?
Are you attuned to his or her …

Nurturing Touch is Amazing
Wed, 2/05/12 – 23:39 | 4 Comments

By Suzanne P. Reese, IAIMT, author of Baby Massage, www.infantmassageusa.org
Parents all over the world search high and low for all the things they can get their hands on that can help their baby grow and …

Stop Hitting! An interview with Nadine Block, cofounder for the Center for Effective Discipline and SpankOut April 30th
Sun, 29/04/12 – 15:15 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
There is a fine line between physical punishment and child abuse, at least as the law sees it. Just where does the line lie between …

Comparing Children
Fri, 30/03/12 – 17:59 | 3 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, http://lifecenter.org.il
Comparing seems to be part of human nature. We compare ourselves to others. We compare our children to each other and to …

Effects of Breast Implants on Lactation
Fri, 30/03/12 – 17:23 | 3 Comments

By Lance Hugh

Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries, accounting for more than 300,000 procedures per year. The average implant patient is in her mid-30s and has already had a child, but …

Responding to Lying Positively
Fri, 23/03/12 – 0:41 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Like many new parents, I naively believed that once I got past the first few years of physically intense infant and toddler care, that surely …

How to Raise a Disrespectful Teen
Thu, 22/03/12 – 23:26 | 8 Comments

By Judy Arnall, director of Attachment Parenting Canada, www.professionalparenting.ca

There have been a lot of opinions published online regarding the Dad who shot his teen daughters laptop. His whole point is that too …

What Attachment Parenting is…and is Not
Thu, 22/03/12 – 0:41 | 7 Comments

Maybe you never knew there was a name for it – the unique way you raise your child – but it’s in tune with your child’s needs and with your own needs, and …

An Interview with Myself: On Epidurals and Natural Birth
Tue, 28/02/12 – 17:31 | 9 Comments

By Ashley Franz
Choosing to have a natural birth is such a personal decision. Everyone has their reasons to have, or not have, a natural birth. Several girls have tried to get me to talk them …

Parents Need Play, Too
Tue, 28/02/12 – 15:28 | 3 Comments

By Carrie Kerr
When my daughter was named Student of the Month recently, an interviewer for the school newspaper asked her, “Who inspires you?” She said, “My parents inspire me because they take care of …

The Technology of Attachment
Thu, 23/02/12 – 16:39 | 2 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, http://lifecenter.org.il
Grandmother Naomi, now well into her 80s, still remembers the excitement she felt the first time she used the newly invented mop that …

Baby Signing a Practical Way of Communicating
Thu, 23/02/12 – 16:05 | 7 Comments

By Jamie Birdsong Nieroda, attachment parenting leader (API of Suffolk County-Long Island, New York, USA)
I was never one of those people, pre-kids, who romanticized parenting. I worried instead about how my baby and I would …

Celebrate Your Toddler’s “No!”
Thu, 9/02/12 – 15:32 | 17 Comments

By Judy Arnall, director of Attachment Parenting Canada, www.professionalparenting.ca
I walked into the kitchen and discovered my two-year-old blonde-haired daughter, dressed in her little pink fleece sleeper with the padded feet, standing on top of the …

What Happens to the Brain When We “Lose It”
Thu, 19/01/12 – 17:14 | 11 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and attachment parenting leader (API of Portland, Oregon USA)
Learning neuroscience isn’t something every parent has time for, so Dr. Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell, authors of Parenting from …