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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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Feeding a Vegetarian with Love and Respect
Monday, April 22, 2013 – 4:08 | 4 Comments

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, senior contributing editor to Attached Family magazine
When my friend, a mother of one, found out her nine-year-old daughter wanted to become a vegetarian, she didn’t know what to do. She and her …

6 Things To Do When Your Child Says “I Hate You!”
Thursday, April 18, 2013 – 12:11 | 6 Comments

By Bill Corbett, author of Love, Limits & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids, and member of the API Resource Advisory Committee, www.cooperativekids.com.
We’re all trying to get more done in less time and …

My Child Doesn’t Want to Visit her Father
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 – 4:31 | One Comment

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.AuthenticParent.com
Q: I have recently gotten divorced. My daughter is three and initially enjoyed her time with her father, but since staying overnight she refuses to go. …

Peace at Home: Military Families Embrace Attachment Parenting
Friday, April 5, 2013 – 1:36 | One Comment

By Kit Jenkins, babywearing educator for Babywearing International, communications coordinator for API and a co-founder of The Carrying On Project, www.carryingonproject.org
One of the best things about Attachment Parenting is the consistency in all of its …

Consistent and Loving Discipline
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – 3:00 | 3 Comments

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
In the Eight Principles of Parenting, Attachment Parenting International reminds us of …

Cultivating Attachment: Making It Easy For Your Kids to Talk to You
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – 11:56 | No Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, www.lifecenter.org.il
“Children should be seen and not heard” was a common attitude in generations past. Today we are more aware of the importance …

Attachment Parenting and the Adolescent Child
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – 10:00 | 7 Comments

By Chris Oldenburg, originally published on www.BetterParenting.com, reprinted with permission
Creating Bonds that Will Support Teenage Development
Many people who have heard of the term attachment parenting probably envision babies cozied against their mothers in wraps or …

Join Us for API Reads Featuring Dr. Laura Markham in March/April
Thursday, February 28, 2013 – 4:35 | No Comment

Come join API as we read Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Dr. Laura Markham through the end of April.
Here are some of the topics being discussed: Yelling; nurturing …

The Emotions of Pregnancy and New Motherhood
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – 5:08 | No Comment

By Joy Davy, MS, LCPC, NCC, licensed professional counselor specializing in perinatal mood disorders, www.joydavy.com.
The joy of motherhood is the subject of much art and idealistic images. Our expectation that the arrival of a baby …

Prevent Your Child From Becoming a Bully
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – 4:01 | One Comment

By Sarah Fudin, social media and outreach coordinator for USC Rossier Online.
According to a recent infographic from USC Rossier Online, “School Bullying Outbreak,” one in four children are bullied every month and 160,000 students miss …

Balancing Attachment Parenting and Intimate Relationships
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – 4:00 | 6 Comments

By Kassandra Brown, parent coach, www.parentcoaching.org
Attachment Parenting International offers Eight Principles of Parenting. The eighth principle is about balance in personal and family life. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some ways …

Mother-Baby Sleep Experts Offer Tips for Soothing Crying Babies, Giving Exhausted Mothers Alternatives to Crying It Out
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 – 7:00 | One Comment

Recent research reports have encouraged mothers to not respond to their babies when they cry. In response to this advice, a panel of noted mother-baby sleep experts from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Australia …

The “Go Away, Persona” Mystery: Helping my Young Child Adjust to a Change of Caregivers
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – 5:27 | 5 Comments

By Tamara Brennan, Ph.D. , Executive Director of the Sexto Sol Center,  www.ourcozytime.com
In the pine covered Sierra Madre Mountains of southern Mexico we are raising our young daughter on a small permaculture farm. We keep our door …

The Roots of Learning Self-Control
Thursday, January 24, 2013 – 5:14 | 2 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, www.lifecenter.org.il

I was looking forward to a pleasant afternoon on the playground with my grandchildren, only to find all too soon I had …

Kids and Sex: Getting Comfortable with “The Talk”
Thursday, January 17, 2013 – 5:23 | 10 Comments

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 
It’s never too early to begin talking with your kids about sex. In …

A Tantrum is a Choice
Monday, January 14, 2013 – 4:25 | One Comment

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.AuthenticParent.com
A tantrum can vanish before it starts if we put the spotlight on it with validation and playfulness. Six-year-old Danny (names and scenarios are changed) …

Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research shows
Monday, January 7, 2013 – 5:12 | 8 Comments

By Susan Guibert, reprinted with permission, Notre Dame News, http://newsinfo.nd.edu/
Social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children, according to an interdisciplinary body of research presented recently at …

The Latest Resources and Support from API
Sunday, January 6, 2013 – 5:39 | No Comment

Coming Soon to The Attached Family:
How Attachment Parenting may prevent bullying behavior in your child
 

December 2012 - API Links - Your monthly API e-newsletter
The December 2012 API Links edition links you to news on applying the API Principles to ourselves, …

The “Tree Daddy”: A Parenting Metaphor
Thursday, January 3, 2013 – 6:00 | One Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, www.lifecenter.org.il
The rain poured down relentlessly, with winds blowing so hard that trees were being pulled from their roots and blown over. My …

Listening for Understanding
Monday, December 31, 2012 – 6:00 | No Comment

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words for Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting leader (API of Portland,Oregon USA), www.kellybartlett.net
Parents spend a significant amount of time talking to kids. We have a lifetime …

When Siblings Hurt Each Other
Thursday, December 27, 2012 – 6:00 | 5 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, www.lifecenter.org.il
It’s sometimes said that parents shouldn’t get involved when siblings fight, but rather let them work it out themselves. Sometimes children do …

Talking Parent-to-Parent
Monday, December 24, 2012 – 6:00 | No Comment

By Jake Cunningham, parent
Sometimes no matter how hard I try, I just can’t find the emotional room to comfort my 2-year-old son, Jack. I try, as we all do, to be the best parent I …

Minimizing Power Struggles: Ten Tips for Fewer Battles and More Peace with Your Preschooler
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 – 4:00 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words for Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting leader (API of Portland,Oregon USA), www.kellybartlett.net
If you’ve ever tried to get your young child to do something you want, …

Visiting Family for the Holidays
Monday, December 17, 2012 – 4:00 | One Comment

By Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, www.ahaparenting.com
We all want our relatives to see how wonderful our kids are.  Unfortunately, taking children to visit over …

Grief in Children
Saturday, December 15, 2012 – 5:05 | No Comment

By Margie Wagner & Callie Little, Child Development Media, www.childdevelopmentmedia.com, reprinted with permission
It goes without saying that the grieving process is a complicated and intensely personal one. It is difficult enough for adults to deal …