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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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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 …

Don’t Give Up on Babywearing
Monday, June 15, 2009 – 23:39 | No Comment

By Marie Blois, MD, member of API’s Board of Directors
One of the biggest mistakes that new parents make is giving up too soon on soft carriers. Because we often do not have real-life models, wearing …

My Dear Crying Baby
Monday, June 15, 2009 – 23:23 | One Comment

By Tamara Parnay
My dear crying baby,
Don’t worry
I see through…
Just beneath your upset, tear-streaked face
Lies pure innocence
Just beneath your urgent, heart-rending cries
Lie complete and utter trust and dependence
Just beneath your immediate suffering
Lies relief
Just beneath my anxiety …

Helping Your Adopted Teen Develop an Identity
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 – 1:52 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Parenting during the teenage years is as trying on the young adult as it is on his parents. But if your child was adopted or …

Abolishing Corporal Punishment of Children
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 – 1:09 | No Comment

From the Council of Europe
The Council of Europe wants a continent free of corporal punishment. Hitting people is wrong — and children are people, too.
To protect children from corporal punishment, the Council of Europe has …

The Importance of Skin-to-Skin Contact
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 – 0:49 | One Comment

By Jack Newman, MD, & Teresa Pitman
We now have a multitude of studies that show mothers and babies should be together, skin-to-skin (baby naked, not wrapped in a blanket), the baby’s neck extended slightly so …

What Your Child’s Lovie Says about Your Attachment
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 – 0:14 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
I don’t encourage the use of lovies – blankets, teddy bears, or other objects children can develop an attachment to – in my household but …

Heal Thyself through Birth Storytelling
Tuesday, June 2, 2009 – 0:31 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
In preparing the Spring 2009 issue of The Attached Family, I asked a number of women to tell their birth stories who were too uncomfortable …

How to Handle a Little Shoplifter
Monday, June 1, 2009 – 23:12 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
When I was younger, my mother would take my sister and I to browse through little shops in our hometown full of local artisan’s crafts. …

Dealing with an Angry Teen
Monday, June 1, 2009 – 22:43 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Do you find yourself getting frustrated with your teen? So does every parent at some time. What about anger – has your relationship with your …

Babywearing is Good for Babies
Monday, June 1, 2009 – 21:25 | No Comment

By Marie Blois, MD, member of API’s Board of Directors
Biologically, babies need to be carried in order to thrive. Studies have shown that otherwise well-nourished and cared for infants who are deprived of human touch …

Be Prepared for These Common Childbirth Interventions
Monday, May 18, 2009 – 16:17 | No Comment

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family publications
“Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.”
~ Gloria Steinem, Ms. Magazine, April 1981
Most pregnant women will tell …

Luke’s Birth
Monday, April 27, 2009 – 9:22 | No Comment

By Jeannette Freeman, leader of API of Southeast Texas
Editor’s Note: Attachment Parenting International does not advocate unassisted birth of any sort. We believe the safest birthing environment for every baby, whether at home or in …

Audrey’s Birth
Monday, April 27, 2009 – 9:02 | No Comment

By Jeannette Freeman, leader of API of Southeast Texas
On Monday morning, August 1, I woke up with my first contraction at 5:30 a.m. I had another at 6:30 a.m., 7 a.m., and then periodically throughout …

The Story of Emily Fran
Monday, April 27, 2009 – 8:22 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, editor of The Attached Family publications
Emily Fran was born at 8:27 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, at 19 inches long and six pounds, 12 ounces. I waited a long time to write …

The Story of Rachel
Monday, April 27, 2009 – 8:22 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, editor of The Attached Family publications
 
Editor’s Note:
This birth story goes along with the article of how I came to Attachment Parenting through my premature daughter’s birth. Find the article, “AP from a …

The Long Wait for William
Monday, April 27, 2009 – 8:22 | No Comment

By Amy McGovern, co-leader of API of Norman, Oklahoma
I woke up on a Sunday wondering, again, if this was the day my husband, Andy, and I would get to meet William. After church, I tried …

The Rocky Arrival of My Twins
Monday, April 27, 2009 – 8:22 | No Comment

By Pam Stone, co-leader of API of Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire
On a Wednesday afternoon, several weeks before my twins were due when I was on bedrest in the Maternity part of the hospital, I started …

Dear Editor: Use ‘Mainstream’ Instead of ‘Traditional’
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 – 10:26 | No Comment

Dear Editor,
Just a quick note to question your comment in the opening article of the April 2009 issue of The Attached Family Ezine that Attachment Parenting is an alternative to “traditional” parenting. Perhaps the term “mainstream” would be better; …