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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

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Available Now! Attached Family Breastfeeding Double Issue 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 1:01 | No Comment

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 …

Breastfeeding into Toddlerhood
Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 0:00 | 19 Comments

By Debbie Page, RN, IBCLC, CEIM, director of TheNewBornBaby.com. Originally published on The Attached Family.com on September 28, 2009.
In Western societies, it is commonplace to expect a child to breastfeed for six months to a …

Every Birth is Natural
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – 3:34 | One Comment

By Kelly Coyle DiNorcia, API Leader. Originally published in the 2009 “New Baby” issue of Attached Family magazine
When I became pregnant with my daughter, I had every intention of having a “natural” childbirth. I wanted …

The Importance of Sharing Birth Stories
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – 2:59 | No Comment

By Tamara Parnay. Originally published in the 2009 “New Baby” issue of Attached Family magazine.
 
Birthing is a hugely important subject for parents and parents-to-be. We have a great deal to learn from and share with …

The Beauty of Breastfeeding: An Interview with Photographer Christine Santos
Thursday, April 17, 2014 – 3:22 | 2 Comments

In 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 …

API Announces New Attached Family Edition: “Voices of Breastfeeding” Double Issue
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – 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
Thursday, April 10, 2014 – 3:00 | 3 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
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 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
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – 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
Thursday, April 3, 2014 – 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
Thursday, April 3, 2014 – 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
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – 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
Friday, March 28, 2014 – 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
Thursday, March 27, 2014 – 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
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – 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
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – 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
Friday, March 14, 2014 – 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
Friday, March 7, 2014 – 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
Monday, March 3, 2014 – 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
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 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
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – 4:50 | One 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
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – 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
Thursday, February 6, 2014 – 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
Thursday, February 6, 2014 – 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
Thursday, January 30, 2014 – 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 …