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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.

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, www.professionalparenting.ca
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 | 25 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, www.professionalparenting.ca
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 http://bellesqueaks.wordpress.com
“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, http://lifecenter.org.il
“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, www.naomialdort.com
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, www.professionalparenting.ca
“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 …

The Third Step in Responding with Sensitivity
Wed, 18/05/11 – 9:50 | 2 Comments

By Dottie Stone Coleman, MAT, MEd
Whatever their age, every interaction with our children — every word, every response, every look – has the potential to build up their self-confidence and self-esteem, or tear it down. Likewise, …

The Use — and Abuse — of Attachment Research in Family Courts
Wed, 18/05/11 – 9:41 | 10 Comments

By Peter Ernest Haiman, PhD, reprinted with permission, www.peterhaiman.com
An enormous amount of exceedingly important, valid, and reliable research on child development has been published in the last half century. Unfortunately, very little of this information …

Embracing Positive Discipline’s Challenges
Tue, 19/04/11 – 11:28 | 11 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader of API of East Portland, Oregon USA
Positive discipline doesn’t come instinctively for many people. In fact, that’s why most parents endeavor in positive discipline in the first …

The Delicate Balance of Parenthood
Tue, 19/04/11 – 11:11 | No Comment

By Megan Kunze, MS
Being raised by a single mother molded me into the woman and mother I am today. Some of my parenting practices are similar and others are very different. My attempts to successfully …

How to Respond to the Most Frustrating Phrases Kids Say
Thu, 31/03/11 – 13:57 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
“No!”
“You’re so mean.”
“I hate you!”
“Daddy lets me.”
“You like him better than me.”
“Why should I?”
“You can’t make me!”
“That’s mine!”
“I don’t want to.”
Kids say the darndest things, …

Spotlight On: Balboa Baby
Thu, 31/03/11 – 13:27 | No Comment

API: Tell us, exactly what is Balboa Baby?
BALBOA BABY: Balboa Baby is a relative newcomer to the juvenile industry, having been established in 2007 with the introduction of an adjustable baby sling. This was followed …

The “See One, Teach One, Do One” Approach to Teaching
Wed, 23/03/11 – 17:13 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader for Portland API, Oregon USA
Teaching children practical life skills takes more time than we usually think.  It’s common for parents to get frustrated with kids who …

What to do When Children Demean Each Other
Wed, 23/03/11 – 17:00 | 5 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.naomialdort.com
Q: My daughter calls her brother stupid and he feels hurt. He does the same in return. I tried everything, but neither of them will …