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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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Spotlight On: Dr. Peter Ernest Haiman
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 – 23:17 | No Comment

API: Tell us about how you began working with children and families.
PH: Since the early 1960s, I’ve been helping parents who have come to me with their frustrations about rearing their young children and adolescents. …

Dual-Income Families Can Be AP, Too
Thursday, September 12, 2013 – 2:50 | 8 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family, API’s Publications Coordinator and API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska), originally published on on October 21, 2008.
There is a widespread belief that to be a good Attachment …

API of Frederick, Maryland (USA)
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – 3:17 | No Comment

By Kelly Shealer, API Leader and Support Group Co-Leader
When did your group form?
When a parent comes to your group, what can he/she expect? What meeting format do you have?
We generally have a round-robin format where …

API Reads – September and October Featured Book
Thursday, September 5, 2013 – 4:02 | No Comment

Why do we choose the partners we do?

Why do they seem to have some characteristics that resemble those of our caregivers?

Why does it seem that opposites attract?

How is the communication in the relationship enhanced so that …

How a Child’s Identity Schema is Related to Self-Regulation
Thursday, September 5, 2013 – 3:04 | 9 Comments

By Denise Durkin, M.A., early childhood mental health consultant and self-regulation specialist,
We know that when we engage children personally over time through our warm, sincere, kind and playful interest in them and their activities, …

Set Kids Up for Success in School
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 – 23:07 | No Comment

By Bill Corbett, author of the Love, Limits, & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids book series and the founder and president of Cooperative Kids,
Whether you’re reading this before your children start …

Trust Your Children More; Teach Them Less
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – 6:20 | 6 Comments

By Bonnie Harris, M.S.Ed., director of Connective Parenting,, reprinted with permission
The more stories I hear from parents, the more I know that trusting our children’s capabilities and detours is the path to connected relationships …

Breastfeeding the Right-Brained Way
Sunday, August 4, 2013 – 2:15 | 5 Comments

By Kathleen Kendall-Tackett (PhD, IBCLC) & Nancy Mohrbacher (IBCLC), authors, originally published on on March 17, 2009
In modern Western cultures, mothers have more information about breastfeeding than any time in human history. Unfortunately, most …

The Vital Importance of the Grandparent-Grandchild Bond
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – 6:45 | 23 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family, API’s Publications Coordinator, API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska), originally published on on November 8, 2008
It has only been about 20 years since Dr. William Sears coined …

Summer Vacation: Freedom From or Freedom To?
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 – 0:00 | One Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, the Center for Attachment Parenting in Israel, and an international faculty member of the Neufeld Institute, Canada
“There’s nothing to do!  I’m bored!” is the battle-cry of …

Three Simple Communication Tips for a Happier Vacation
Thursday, July 18, 2013 – 3:58 | 2 Comments

By Stacy Jagger, MMFT, owner of Sunnybrook Counseling,
If you are anything like me, it is so easy to overdo it on a vacation. I am known among my friends for squeezing all I can …

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – 23:30 | 2 Comments

By Shari Adelson-Pollard
**Originally published in the Fall 2007 Special Needs issue of The Journal of API and published on in August  2009
When I was young, I would sometimes join in with other kids who …

The Opportunities of Summer Vacation
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 – 0:04 | No Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
I love summer vacation. I remember picnics at the beach and playing in the sand. On very hot days my older sister …

Keeping a Schedule When There is No Schedule
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 – 23:47 | No Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
One of the best things about summer vacation for children is that there is no fixed schedule. Kids don’t have to get …

Join Us For API Reads: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 – 8:47 | No Comment

Our July/August online book discussion will be based on Renée Peterson Trudeau’s book Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life. 
To join the discussion, please click here …

Tomorrow is the Last Day He is Four
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – 3:23 | 3 Comments

By Emily Cherkin, originally published on, reprinted with permission from Ashoka.
This morning, it snowed in Seattle.  And it reminded me of the night Max was born, almost exactly five years ago, when it was …

Date Night: Why and How To Make It Happen
Thursday, June 13, 2013 – 13:40 | No Comment

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline Without Distress and co-founder of Attachment Parenting Canada,  Her date night blog is at
In the movie Date Night, the characters played by Steve Carell and Tina Fey are …

Spotlight On: Spark of Amber
Friday, June 7, 2013 – 3:25 | One Comment

API: Tell us about how your business began. What was the inspiration? What are your goals?

Julie Zorgo: Spark of Amber was founded in early 2013, after I was introduced to Baltic amber jewelry through a …

New Sibling, New Behavior! How To Respond When Children Act Out
Friday, June 7, 2013 – 3:21 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words For Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting International Leader (API of Portland, Oregon, USA),
Having a new baby is an exciting time. Even the older siblings …

Join Us for API Reads
Thursday, June 6, 2013 – 4:09 | No Comment

We started reading Nurturing the Soul of Your Family for API’s online book club, API Reads, in July. We already started learning about shifting your perspective, about where disequilibrium comes from, challenging the beliefs of your family, how …

You Are a Good Parent
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – 4:27 | 11 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family, API’s Publications Coordinator, API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska)
There are many ways of raising children. Of course.
Some parents breastfeed, some don’t, and for the most part, kids turn …

A Breech Birth Story
Sunday, May 12, 2013 – 7:14 | 2 Comments

By Sarah Occident
Natural childbirth has always been fascinating to me. There is something so beautiful about bringing forth life the same way millions of women around the world have throughout the ages. So when we …

Moms and Dads – Share Your Birth Story
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – 8:28 | No Comment

We are excited to invite mothers and fathers 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 from their …

An Attached Education: Can Attachment Parenting Enhance Learning?
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – 0:45 | 2 Comments

By Rebecca English, PhD, education lecturer at Queensland University of Technology,
I speak to many parents who want to continue through the school years with the loving, child-led, engaged parenting that they practiced when their children were …

Join Us for API Reads in May and June featuring “Attached at the Heart”
Thursday, May 2, 2013 – 3:49 | No Comment

It’s reading time again. Our choice for the months of May and June will be “Attached at the Heart” by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker. The topics we’ll be discussing are based on the Eight …