Sat, 11/23/2013 – 8:17 | One Comment

The Attached Family 2013 Loving Uniquely Issue is about loving each of our children as individuals with unique character traits.
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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.

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The Beauty of Breastfeeding: An Interview with Photographer Christine Santos
Thu, 17/04/14 – 3:22 | No Comment

17c07995cc7d8d8c33150a54403b30f1_largeIn May 2013, a Kickstarter campaign was launched to raise funds for an innovative art exhibit featuring the work of photographer Christine Santos: “Nursing is Natural … Naturally Beautiful.” This exhibit was intended to revolutionize and challenge the way Americans view breastfeeding by portraying over 50 nursing mothers, inviting people to think differently about the way our society views breasts. API’s Rita Brhel asked Santos, a doula and birth photographer at Psalm 139 Studios (www.psalm139studios.com), to share more about the exhibit, which took place September 20-October 15, 2013, at the {Tay’-Cho} art gallery in Bartow, Florida.

Rita: Tell us about how the project began. What was the inspiration?

Christine: In February 2012, our La Leche League group sat discussing the impacts of a campaign that had been run in Texas to promote the normalization of breastfeeding and to bring awareness of the stigma associated with this act. The conversation turned to the cultural environment of the area in which we lived. We decided we needed to normalize breastfeeding for our sons and daughters. We needed to do a similar campaign in our county.

Rita: How did you become involved? What inspired you?

Christine: I offered to capture the images and be the liaison between the La Leche League group and the WIC program/Department of Health. After much conversation, it was revealed that WIC/DOH did not desire to utilize images of local women to promote breastfeeding in the area. The project stalled until an alternate option presented itself. I took part in an exhibit called “Trust Birth,” which gave me the idea that organizing an art exhibit might be a viable option for spreading awareness of breastfeeding.

After realizing an art exhibit could be the way to reach thousands of people to promote breastfeeding and challenge viewpoints, I reached out to local motherhood groups for volunteers. I knew if we were going to promote breastfeeding accurately, we would need women of all backgrounds, ethnicities and ages of children. The feedback from this model call was overwhelming.

43306b72fa87a958f96a2d8a94dac7a9_largeOver 30 ladies signed up to be photographed for the exhibit, and many more were turned away. The images and the idea of the exhibit gained momentum, and word spread through social media. It quickly became obvious this was something the breastfeeding community had been longing for. The support was phenomenal.

The event details caught the attention of a local television station, and I was interviewed. That interview spawned others, and the media attention went global. CBS, NBC, Latina magazine, Initiativ Liewensufank and Huffington Post were just a few of the media outlets that carried the story. Funding poured in, and something that began as a dream in a local La Leche League meeting became a reality.

Many local businesses helped with the sponsorship of the exhibit, but three contributed both in time and money: Punger Family Medicine, Effortless IT, and Lorrie Walker Public Relations. Their commitment to the success of the exhibit and to the promotion of the normalization of breastfeeding helped make the exhibit the success it was. Without their hard work and dedication, “Nursing is Natural” would not have been able to happen.

Rita: How will this project contribute to the breastfeeding community, parenting and other segments of society?

Christine: This exhibit has helped promote the normalization of breastfeeding in a big way. It has sparked conversation and caused people to question their previously held views about breastfeeding. It has opened the doors for other artists to promote similar work in their cities, thus opening the door for further discussion about breastfeeding. We have seen heart changes happen as open dialogue occurs between nursing mothers and skeptics. These were the goals of this exhibit, and we see them happening still, even months after the exhibit’s initial opening.   

DSC_0066Our hope is that we will be able to find other galleries in which to show the images. That we can continue to spark dialogue through open sharing and discussion. That we can normalize breastfeeding so our children can one day breastfeed their own children without fear of backlash. That the nursing that was once the norm for the care and comfort of our children will be the norm once again.

Rita: How will this exhibit benefit families?

Christine: This exhibit has benefitted families in that it has helped empower women to take a stand for their babies and their right to feed their babies how they see fit. It has enabled them to find their voices, to speak up for what they believe is the best choice for their babies, and to stand up against those who would shame mothers for making that choice. It has given fathers a voice to stand up for their families’ choices and for their partners’ and babies’ rights. It has allowed dialogue to occur that puts parents and families on the same page, or at the very least with an understanding of where each of them are coming from. This exhibit has fostered solid communication for the benefit of children and families.

Rita: What are your views of Attachment Parenting International and what API is doing?

Christine: There are many organizations that are helping to facilitate this type of communication. We believe Attachment Parenting International is one of those organizations. API works hard to promote the bond between care providers, families, and children. API stresses the importance of family and tribe support, and they encourage parents to take a more active role in their children’s developmental years. These concepts work hand-in-hand with what Psalm 139 Studios is trying to do in the world of bellies, birth and beyond. We are excited to see what the future has in store for both organizations.

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API Announces New Attached Family Edition: “Voices of Breastfeeding” Double Issue
Wed, 16/04/14 – 4:42 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, Editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator, and an API Leader (Hastings, Nebraska, USA)
The core of Attachment Parenting is responding with sensitivity.
API recognizes that breastfeeding can be difficult in our society. …

Navigating Military Life with API’s Eight Principles of Parenting
Thu, 10/04/14 – 3:00 | 2 Comments

By Kathryn Abbott, API Leader. Kathryn led an API Support Group in Skagit County, WA, in 2011-2012 and then served as a Co-Leader for San Diego County API in 2012-2013. She plans to start a new …

40 Percent of Children Miss Out on the Parenting Needed to Succeed in Life
Wed, 9/04/14 – 6:07 | No Comment

Press release issued March 21, 2014, by the University of Bristol.
Four in 10 babies don’t develop the strong emotional bonds–what psychologists call “secure attachment”–with their parents that are crucial to success later in life. Disadvantaged children …

An Ever-Changing Village: The Importance of Parent Support for Military Families
Tue, 8/04/14 – 3:25 | No Comment

By Kit Jenkins, Master babywearing educator for Babywearing International, Event Liaison for API and a co-founder of The Carrying On Project (www.carryingonproject.org).
We are celebrating Attachment Parenting International’s 20th anniversary this year. One of the main …

API Cofounders Featured in Parenting with Presence Summit
Thu, 3/04/14 – 4:48 | No Comment

World peace, for many, may seem like an unattainable ideal. Not so for families finding support through Attachment Parenting International (API), whose research-backed parenting approach promotes healthy relationships rooted in nonviolent communication and respectful interactions, …

API Reads: Giving the Love That Heals
Thu, 3/04/14 – 4:47 | No Comment

We’ve started talking about Giving the Love That Heals by Harville Hendrix, PhD and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD. The  topics we’ll be discussing in April will be:

Growing Yourself Up

The Stage of Attachment

The Stage of Exploration

The …

Pocket Full of Feelings: An Interview with co-creator Dr. Ann Corwin
Tue, 1/04/14 – 3:50 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, API’s publications coordinator, managing editor of Attached Family magazine and an API Leader (Hastings, Nebraska, USA).
 
Part of the core of Attachment Parenting is teaching our children about emotions—what they’re feeling and what …

Strengthening Secure Attachment Through Food
Fri, 28/03/14 – 5:20 | 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. Originally published in the “Feeding Our Children” 2009 issue of Attached …

Malnourished by a Western Diet, or NDD
Thu, 27/03/14 – 3:54 | No Comment

By Dr. William Sears, pediatrician, author and member of API’s Advisory Board. Originally published in the “Feeding Our Children” 2009 issue of Attached Family.
Oftentimes, parents bring their child to me for consultation on learning or …

Feeding the Whole Family: An Interview with Cynthia Lair of Cookus Interruptus
Wed, 26/03/14 – 5:14 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, API’s publications coordinator, managing editor of Attached Family magazine and an API Leader (Hastings, Nebraska, USA). Originally published in the “Feeding Our Children” 2009 issue of Attached Family.
My mother has a PhD …

Kids in the Kitchen: An Interview with Sally Sampson, Founder of ChopChopKids
Wed, 19/03/14 – 2:06 | No Comment

By Lisa Lord, editor of The Attached Family.com.
After my oldest son turned one year old, the number of foods he would eat slowly began shrinking, and it continues it’s descent toward the single digits. Luckily …

Manage Your Emotions: How to Cool Down Before You Blow Up
Fri, 14/03/14 – 7:42 | No Comment

By Kassandra Brown, parent coach in private practice at ParentCoaching.org.
Your baby is crying at 3 a.m. It’s not the first time tonight you’ve gotten out of bed to answer her call and offer her your …

Peggy O’Mara: An Interview
Fri, 7/03/14 – 3:40 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator and API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska).
As it turns out with so many of the most amazing people I have been privileged to write …

API Reads: Giving the Love That Heals
Mon, 3/03/14 – 4:24 | No Comment

Let’s begin March by talking about Giving the Love That Heals by Harville Hendrix, PhD, and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD. Just a few of the topics we’ll be discussing in March will be :

The Unconscious …

Emotional Eating: An Interview with Dr. Marian Tanofsky-Kraff
Tue, 18/02/14 – 5:21 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family, API’s Publications Coordinator and API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska)
Feeding a child involves more than providing nutrients. From birth on, there is a very strong emotional component. This …

Jack Christian’s Birth
Wed, 12/02/14 – 4:50 | No Comment

By Walker Powell
I became pregnant quite by accident when I was a senior in college. I’d never really considered different birth options before, but I knew immediately that I wanted a natural home birth.
I sailed …

Birth Story Guidelines
Wed, 12/02/14 – 4:39 | No Comment

Share Your Birth Story

Parents, we invite you to share your childbirth experiences. Sharing birth stories can empower parents to educate others, to break down barriers and help others become more accepting of experiences very different …

How Attachment Parenting Produces Independent Kids
Thu, 6/02/14 – 5:41 | No Comment

By Zoe Claire, originally published on www.unnecessarywisdom.wordpress.com. Reprinted with permission.
Children are in our care for a limited amount of time, generally spanning two decades. During that time, their needs change drastically yet gradually from year …

API Reads January and February 2014: The Science of Parenting
Thu, 6/02/14 – 5:40 | No Comment

We started out 2014 talking about The Science of Parenting by Margot Sunderland. Some of the interesting sections from the remaining portions of the book are:

Those trying times in public, in the car, meals

When children fight

How …

Take Time to Reconnect After the Work Day
Thu, 30/01/14 – 3:40 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator and an API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska). Originally published on TheAttachedFamily.com in October 2008.
My friend, Nicole, and her husband both work full-time. Their two-year-old …

An Attached Family in 3 Languages
Wed, 22/01/14 – 5:51 | No Comment

By Birute Efe, AttachFromScratch.com.
We speak three languages at home with our two children, aged 5 years and 20 months: English, Lithuanian and Turkish. No, the children are not geniuses or extra-advanced. They are just regular …

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 …