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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.

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To Intervene or Not? Deciding When and How to Get Involved in Another Parent’s Situation
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 12:35 | 4 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
We’ve all seen it – a mother losing her temper toward her child in the grocery store, or a father treating his child in a …

Dawn of Attachment: Why Mom’s Emotions Matter During Pregnancy
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 12:02 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
During my second pregnancy, I was a ball of nerves. While my baby was born healthily, she was of a lower birth weight than what …

TV as a Parenting Tool?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 11:49 | 4 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Most parenting experts advise that parents use extreme caution in allowing their child to watch television, especially younger children, and even with educational programming. And …

Yelling Works…and Other Parenting Myths Busted
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 11:32 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Susie Walton used to yell at her kids – a lot.
“The older they got, the more I yelled,” recalled Walton, an International Network for Children …

A Win-Win Situation: How to Teach Sportsmanship
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 10:49 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Board games, sports, and other competitive activities can bring families closer together as well as teach children important lessons about character. A friend of mine …

How to Play with Your Toddler
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 – 0:14 | One Comment

By Emily Rempe, founder of Productive Parenting
We are all too aware of how modern technology is changing our lifestyles. Arguments could be made with much validity on each side to the merits and detriments of …

Unschooling: Learning through Play
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – 22:47 | 2 Comments

By Jan Hunt, member of API’s Advisory Board and API’s Editorial Review Board. Reprinted with permission from www.naturalchild.org
My son Jason, now a young adult, has been unschooled from the beginning – we were fortunate …

Trust Your Baby to Show You When to Breastfeed
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – 22:32 | 2 Comments

By Jack Newman, M.D. & Teresa Pitman, reprinted with permission from The Latch and Other Keys to Breastfeeding Success
Babies are born with the skills and instincts to help them breastfeed, but we often ignore the …

Lose that Stubborn Baby Fat…and Keep Your Exercise AP-Friendly
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – 22:28 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Pregnancy changes a woman’s body, and in ways that last long after the baby comes. Many women find that their shoes no longer fit, or …

Diverting Anger in Toddlers
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – 1:51 | 2 Comments

By Gaynell Payne
With toddlerhood comes tantrums. While some parents are taken by surprise by the seemingly violent appearance of a child raised in a non-violent home, it is a perfectly natural rite of passage for …

Name Your Baby the AP Way
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – 1:31 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Perhaps no activity can consume as much of an expectant couple’s time and energy as choosing a name for their baby. While other aspects of …

The Basics of Bottle Nursing
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – 1:02 | 2 Comments

By Barbara Nicholson & Lysa Parker, API co-founders, reprinted with permission from Attached at the Heart ©, available through the API Store
We have been contacted by many parents and caregivers who want to incorporate the …

Regain “Control” of Your Teen
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – 0:52 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Has your teenager stopped listening to you? Do you routinely catch him telling lies, or does she continually break curfew? You may be finding yourself …

A Resource for Parents of Picky Eaters
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – 0:44 | No Comment

By Heidi Green ©, reprinted with permission from BabyGooRoo.com
Five years ago, I had very firm ideas about childhood nutrition. “Balanced meals” was my mantra. I presented plates with foods of different colors (indicating different nutrients), …

Why Breast is Best, and What Needs to Change in Society to Better Support Mothers
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – 0:53 | 2 Comments

By Christina Podolak

For most of our human existence on earth, mothers have fed their babies breast milk. Within the last 100 years, mothers had another option for feeding their babies: formula.
Mothers today are faced with …

Use Massage to Reconnect at the End of the Work Day
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – 0:30 | One Comment

By Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
In today’s world economy, we often find that most parents are working outside of the home. This may mean a two parent home has both parents working outside of …

The ‘Perfect’ Birth
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – 0:02 | 3 Comments

By Lisa Lord
After learning about modern medical birth in a college course, I knew for sure that I would one day attend a birth center for a drug-free, midwife-attended natural birth. Over the years, I …

Throw Out Those Jars of Baby Food
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – 0:01 | No Comment

By Cynthia Lair, reprinted with permission from Cookus Interruptus, © CookusInterruptus.com
For many years, I was a guest speaker for the Evergreen Hospital postnatal mom and baby support groups.  I would haul a butane burner, pan, …

Stop the Biting
Monday, July 6, 2009 – 23:48 | No Comment

By Elizabeth Pantley, excerpted with permission from Perfect Parenting
“Today at our play group my son bit my friend’s daughter! My friend acted like it was a normal childhood problem, and told me not to worry …

AP is Good for Mom, Too
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 – 15:44 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Experts and parents agree – telling and retelling of a birth story is vital for a woman to overcome an emotionally traumatic birth. But there …

Parenting without Spoiling
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 – 15:02 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Neighbor: “Oh, your children are always so wonderful to be around! I can tell that you take parenting seriously.”
Parent: “Thank you! I think they’re wonderful, …

What to Do When a Cesarean Becomes Necessary
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 – 14:04 | No Comment

By Michelle Smilowitz, CD-DONA, reprinted with permission from International Cesarean Awareness Network, © ICAN-online.org
The birth of a child is one of the most significant events in the lives of families. It is considered a rite …

What Goes into a Family-Centered Cesarean Birth Plan
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 – 13:52 | One Comment

By Connie Banack, CCCE, CPD, CLD, reprinted with permission from International Cesarean Awareness Network, © ICAN-online.org
Family-centered birth is used to describe a birth that is more family oriented, allowing the new family to experience their …

America’s Family Crisis: Parental Depression Putting 15 Million U.S. Children at Risk
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 – 1:03 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Depression is beyond epidemic proportions, not only in the United States but in many societies around the world. People like to blame more recent economic …

What Attachment Parenting Does for Your Child’s Future
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 – 0:06 | One Comment

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

Especially if you’re new to Attachment Parenting, you may be wondering what does parenting have to do with your adult relationships. Quite a lot, if …