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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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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 …

An Attached Family in 3 Languages
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 – 5:51 | One 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
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 – 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
Thursday, January 9, 2014 – 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
Friday, January 3, 2014 – 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
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – 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 …

Emotions, Limits and Spirited Kids: An interview with Dr. Jane Nelson
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 4:42 | No Comment

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words for Kids, API Leader and Certified Positive Discipline Educator, www.kellybartlett.net.
After infancy comes the age of autonomy. It’s a time when a child’s physical activity takes off, language flourishes …

Love is the Color of a Rainbow: An Interview with author Kathy Parra
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 – 4:42 | No Comment

API interviewed author Kathy Parra about her children’s book, Love is the Color of a Rainbow.

Tell us about your book. What was the inspiration?

Love is the Color of a Rainbow is about Willow, a little …

Join Us for API Reads in Dec 2013: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 – 4:22 | No Comment

“Parents should set limits on acts, but not on emotions and desires.” This is just one of many invaluable quotes we have found from the book. Do you know which kind of parenting style you …

Power Games for a Joyful Bedtime
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 – 4:44 | One Comment

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.AuthenticParent.com

Editor’s Note: The author invites us to consider a different perspective on children’s behavior. You may wish to read this in conjunction with API’s Balance …