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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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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; …

Breastfeeding Helps to Offset Early Disadvantages
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 – 9:52 | No Comment

From the University of London
Breastfeeding may be particularly important to the educational and emotional development of children from single-parent and low-income families, new research suggests.
Previous studies have reported that the high nutritional content of breast …

Parenting Style Matters in Substance Abuse Prevention
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 – 7:15 | No Comment

By Sadaf Rauf, staff writer for The Attached Family publications
Adolescent use of illicit drugs and alcohol has become a pervasive problem in contemporary society. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 2008 survey found that, …

Modeling Attachment Between Parents
Monday, April 6, 2009 – 12:39 | No Comment

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

Q: Why doesn’t my partner love me a better?
A: In our dreams, maybe we imagine the perfect partner to be the one who we fall …

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Releases Report on Physical Punishment in the U.S.
Monday, March 23, 2009 – 23:42 | No Comment

From API’s Communications Team
A new report released by Phoenix Children’s Hospital in collaboration with a researcher at the University of Michigan concludes that there is little evidence that physical punishment improves children’s behavior in the …

Blending In
Monday, March 9, 2009 – 22:36 | No Comment

By Maathangi Iyer, staff writer for The Attached Family publications
It is an understatement to say that step-families have many challenges to overcome. Step-families often are formed out of loss – demise of a partner, a …

Parenting Style Changes Gene Expression
Monday, March 2, 2009 – 16:37 | One Comment

From API’s Communications Team
Research has, for many years, shown that the way a child is parented will physically shape his brain — that each interaction, good or bad, will create pathways within the brain as …

When ‘D’ Meets ‘S’: The Role of Personality in Parenting
Monday, March 2, 2009 – 12:51 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Through Attachment Parenting, we learn how truly powerful a close emotional relationship with our children can be. But even with the strongest of bonds, conflict …

Nutritional Deficiencies in the Mother May Affect Her Attachment with Her Baby
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 – 0:41 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
Nutritional deficiencies in mothers can affect her mental health and lead to inconsistent patterns of mother-child interactions, which in turn increases the likelihood of creating an insecure attachment between the mother and …

Secure Attachment During Preschool Years Predicts Healthier Peer Friendships
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 – 0:21 | 2 Comments

From API’s Publications Team
A child with a secure attachment to his mother at preschool age is likely to form closer friendships with peers, according to a study published in Child Development. The article, “Bond with Mom Helps …

Poor Attachment Leads to Adult Anxiety Disorders
Monday, February 23, 2009 – 23:43 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
A study to be published in the March issue of Behavior Therapy, “Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Connections with Self-Reported Attachment,” credits secure parent-child attachment in lessening the risk of that child eventually developing a …

How to Play with Your Baby
Monday, February 23, 2009 – 20:27 | One Comment

By Maathangi Iyer, staff writer for The Attached Family
Your child is naturally imaginative – all children are. Most theories of child development view young children as highly creative, with a natural tendency to fantasize, experiment, and …

“Giving the Love that Heals,” an interview with attachment therapist Harville Hendrix
Saturday, February 14, 2009 – 22:36 | One Comment

Dear Readers,
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As promised in the Winter 2008-09 Healing Childhood Wounds issue of The Journal of API — as a followup to the article “The 11th Commandment” …

Separation without Anxiety
Monday, February 9, 2009 – 3:09 | 19 Comments

By Grace Zell, staff writer for The Attached Family
About a year ago, a friend convinced me to do something good for myself and join the local gym. She would leave her two-year-old daughter in the …

UK Study on Orphaned Chimpanzees Could Benefit Human Orphans
Monday, February 2, 2009 – 19:49 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
A study published in the Development Pyschobiology journal involving the care of orphaned chimpanzees could help change the way human orphans are cared for.
According to an article in the European Union’s CORDIS …

Children of ‘High Conflict’ Custody Battles Tend to Suffer More Emotionally
Monday, February 2, 2009 – 19:17 | 2 Comments

From API’s Publications Team
Custody cases are rarely pleasant, but in about 10 percent of these cases, it truly becomes a battle between the estranged parents and the long-term effects on their children’s mental wellbeing can …

Family Bonding Begins Before Birth for Unmarried Couples
Friday, January 30, 2009 – 0:06 | One Comment

From API’s Communications Team
A University of Maryland study shows that, more than marriage, involving the father during the prenatal period leads to a stable family life.
The Fragile Families Child Well Being Study, published in the …

Canada Judge Reverses Custody in Case of Parental Alienation
Thursday, January 29, 2009 – 21:15 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
Canadian parents who have been the target of parental alienation that is negatively affecting their attachment to their children now have the courts on their side. According to an article on, …

Every Parent-Child Interaction Shapes the Brain
Sunday, January 25, 2009 – 15:05 | One Comment

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family
Humans all begin the exact same way. We start our life out as a zygote, the fertilized egg in our mother’s uterus, 46 chromosomes that will determine …

Economic Recession is Reshaping Families
Friday, January 23, 2009 – 16:48 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on, “Unemployed Dads Work to Find Their Place at Home,” the economic recession-spurred unemployment rate — expected to hit double digits in the United States — could be …

Negative Experiences Early in Life Can Lead to Teen Violence
Thursday, January 22, 2009 – 23:39 | No Comment

From Duke University
Adverse experiences early in life can lead to minor childhood behavior problems, which can grow into serious acts of teen violence, according to new research.  This “cascading effect” of repeated negative incidents and …

Length of Postpartum Depression Determines Mother-Baby Attachment Difficulties
Thursday, January 22, 2009 – 0:59 | 4 Comments

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on, “Postnatal Depression and Your Baby,” the length of a new mother’s postpartum depression has a strong tie with the difficulties she’ll experience in establishing a close …

Quiz: Are You a “Problem Parent?”
Monday, January 19, 2009 – 22:15 | 23 Comments

By Tamara Parnay
People talk about the “problem child,” but I’m not really sure what a problem child is.
According to the MSN Encarta online dictionary, a problem child is “a child who requires a disproportionate amount …

The Role of Attachment in Healing Infant Depression
Monday, January 19, 2009 – 22:14 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Depression — a mental illness marked by unrelenting sadness and hopelessness that permeates the lives of an estimated one in 18 people – is among the most …