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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.

Breastfeeding on Demand is OK
Thu, 8/12/11 – 19:24 | 36 Comments

By Ashley Franz, attachment parenting leader (API of Central Arkansas, USA)

Once upon a time, there was a magical land where babies never cried…
A couple of friends asked me lately how to avoid running low on, …

The Invisible Bond Not Limited to Parents
Thu, 1/12/11 – 19:16 | 6 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
Ricki was in trouble again with her first-grade substitute teacher, this time for accidentally spilling water on her desk. She missed her regular …

Pregnancy Fun (and Mocktails)
Thu, 1/12/11 – 19:00 | One Comment

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, Pregnancy Editor
As your body changes during pregnancy, the activities you used to enjoy may be off limits. You may not be able to drink your morning coffee, have sushi for lunch, or …

Creating a Village
Wed, 9/11/11 – 15:14 | 3 Comments

By Jenni Pertuset, parent consultant, API Leader in Seattle, Washington USA,
The life of a parent can feel very isolated. Warm relationships with caring adults can sustain us when we’re struggling and help our children …

Reflections on Motherhood
Wed, 9/11/11 – 14:59 | 2 Comments

By Barbara P. Benjamin, poet and author of Beneath the Surface (as Barbara Scott), children’s author of One White Christmas in Alabama and My Best Friend Millie
I am the mother of a 26-year-old daughter. I …

Playful Parenting with Older Children and Teens
Tue, 1/11/11 – 17:51 | 5 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and attachment parenting leader (API of Portland, Oregon USA)
Young children play effortlessly. Kids are naturally predisposed to play, and it doesn’t take much to engage a child in …

Love Not Always Floodlights and Fireworks, but Sometimes It Is
Tue, 1/11/11 – 17:17 | 2 Comments

By Megan Oteri,
My son is sleeping on my husband’s chest. Snuggled in an O against his broad shoulders in a snuggly nest. Resting easy, gently. I want my son to wake up because I …

Attachment as Important at School as at Home
Mon, 26/09/11 – 15:22 | 8 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
If your children or grandchildren are anything like mine, they were looking forward to starting school after the long, hot summer, equipped with …

Spotlight On: Soothing Slumber DVD
Mon, 26/09/11 – 14:54 | One Comment

API: Tell us, exactly what is the Soothing Slumber DVD?
RACHEL RAINBOLT: The Soothing Slumber DVD is a video class of infant massage for nighttime. You will learn all the strokes you need to soothe your …

Spotlight On: Million Minute Family Challenge
Wed, 24/08/11 – 18:24 | 3 Comments

API: Tell us, exactly what is the Million Minute Family Challenge?
BETH MUEHLENKAMP: The Million Minute Family Challenge is a grassroots effort across the United States and Canada to encourage families and friends to play non-electronic …

The Busy Brain Kit
Wed, 24/08/11 – 18:23 | One Comment

By Judy Arnall, director of Attachment Parenting Canada,
Are you worried about your children’s bent necks and poor posture? Do their batteries run out at the wrong time?  Concerned that your toddler might drop your …

Attachment Parenting Our Teens
Tue, 2/08/11 – 23:54 | 27 Comments

By Laurie A. Couture, author of Instead of Medicating and Punishing
So many attachment parents start out so passionate about giving very young children the best start possible in life: Moms birth naturally, spare their sons …

The Basics of Breastfeeding Advocacy
Tue, 2/08/11 – 20:50 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)

Breastfeeding has seen the gamut in terms of public support. For centuries, it was the most natural thing to do, and then in the mid-20th …

10 Phrases to Make a Better Parent
Wed, 27/07/11 – 17:03 | 7 Comments

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress,
Many times as parents, we blurt out sayings that we heard as children and later vowed to never say to our own children. However, that is easier …

A Parent’s Look at: BabyBabyOhBaby
Wed, 27/07/11 – 16:46 | No Comment

By Beth Hendrickson, blogger at
“They grow up so fast” I hear from everyone. My parents, my friends, other moms at the pool, the sweat-drenched mailman, the harried grocery store clerk, the homeless woman. It’s …

Peaceful Parenting Tips for the Growing Child
Sun, 17/07/11 – 20:28 | 4 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Natasha Hartley doesn’t see herself as an expert in Attachment Parenting, but the many people who know her say she definitely knows what she’s doing …

Sydney Rose’s Birthday
Sun, 17/07/11 – 20:15 | No Comment

By Kyle Mills
Few things in life are as intense, painful, scary, and mind-blowing as the birth of your child, but I would say that excitement is probably what most people remember feeling when thinking back …

Staying in Control when Things are Out of Control
Sun, 3/07/11 – 18:03 | 9 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
“When I’m calm, I have no trouble responding patiently, but the problem is that my child’s tantrums jangle my nerves and I lose …

Breastfeeding after ‘Almost’ Weaning
Sun, 3/07/11 – 17:54 | 9 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,
Q: My two-year-old had almost completely weaned himself a few months ago. Then I got laid off from work and he began nursing all over …

School-Age Children and the Family Bed
Mon, 27/06/11 – 17:04 | 17 Comments

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress,
“But you don’t have to sleep alone!” Kyle protests to his mom when she suggests he sleeps in his own room. Family bedrooms are increasingly becoming common …

Tips to Dealing with Acting-Out Behavior
Mon, 27/06/11 – 16:41 | 8 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Earlier this year, I attended a day session put on by the Appelbaum Training Institute in Omaha, Nebraska USA. The purpose of this session was …

The Link between Breastfeeding and Mental Health
Tue, 7/06/11 – 17:48 | 2 Comments

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, Pregnancy & Birth and Feeding Editor for The Attached Family
A study published in the April 2010 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics by The Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study suggests that …

Stripping the Layers of Advice
Tue, 7/06/11 – 17:17 | 11 Comments

By Carrie Kerr, Safe Sleep Editor for The Attached Family
My grandma was working on writing a book when I was a teenager. The subject was music. She never finished the manuscript, so I can’t be …

The Importance of Making Mistakes
Wed, 25/05/11 – 10:12 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader for Portland API, Oregon USA
So often, as parents, we try to prevent our kids from making mistakes. We issue warnings, reach out to help, or just …

State of the World’s Mothers: More Qualified Health Care Workers Needed Worldwide
Wed, 25/05/11 – 10:02 | One Comment

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, pregnancy and birth editor
For women in our culture, pregnancy and childbirth represent a joyous time: enjoying a growing belly, fantasizing about how the baby will look, shopping for tiny layettes, and taking …