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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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Responding to Lying Positively
Friday, March 23, 2012 – 0:41 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Like many new parents, I naively believed that once I got past the first few years of physically intense infant and toddler care, that surely …

How to Raise a Disrespectful Teen
Thursday, March 22, 2012 – 23:26 | 8 Comments

By Judy Arnall, director of Attachment Parenting Canada,

There have been a lot of opinions published online regarding the Dad who shot his teen daughters laptop. His whole point is that too …

What Attachment Parenting is…and is Not
Thursday, March 22, 2012 – 0:41 | 7 Comments

Maybe you never knew there was a name for it – the unique way you raise your child – but it’s in tune with your child’s needs and with your own needs, and …

An Interview with Myself: On Epidurals and Natural Birth
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – 17:31 | 9 Comments

By Ashley Franz
Choosing to have a natural birth is such a personal decision. Everyone has their reasons to have, or not have, a natural birth. Several girls have tried to get me to talk them …

Parents Need Play, Too
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – 15:28 | 3 Comments

By Carrie Kerr
When my daughter was named Student of the Month recently, an interviewer for the school newspaper asked her, “Who inspires you?” She said, “My parents inspire me because they take care of …

The Technology of Attachment
Thursday, February 23, 2012 – 16:39 | 2 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
Grandmother Naomi, now well into her 80s, still remembers the excitement she felt the first time she used the newly invented mop that …

Baby Signing a Practical Way of Communicating
Thursday, February 23, 2012 – 16:05 | 8 Comments

By Jamie Birdsong Nieroda, attachment parenting leader (API of Suffolk County-Long Island, New York, USA)
I was never one of those people, pre-kids, who romanticized parenting. I worried instead about how my baby and I would …

Celebrate Your Toddler’s “No!”
Thursday, February 9, 2012 – 15:32 | 17 Comments

By Judy Arnall, director of Attachment Parenting Canada,
I walked into the kitchen and discovered my two-year-old blonde-haired daughter, dressed in her little pink fleece sleeper with the padded feet, standing on top of the …

What Happens to the Brain When We “Lose It”
Thursday, January 19, 2012 – 17:14 | 11 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and attachment parenting leader (API of Portland, Oregon USA)
Learning neuroscience isn’t something every parent has time for, so Dr. Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell, authors of Parenting from …

Connecting with Older Children during Pregnancy
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 – 12:16 | No Comment

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, contributing editor to The Attached Family
When I was pregnant with my first child, I wrote in my journal nearly every day about what I felt and the changes I was experiencing. Once …

Breastfeeding on Demand is OK
Thursday, December 8, 2011 – 19:24 | 36 Comments

By Ashley Franz, attachment parenting leader (API of Central Arkansas, USA)

Once upon a time, there was a magical land where babies never cried…
A couple of friends asked me lately how to avoid running low on, …

The Invisible Bond Not Limited to Parents
Thursday, December 1, 2011 – 19:16 | 6 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
Ricki was in trouble again with her first-grade substitute teacher, this time for accidentally spilling water on her desk. She missed her regular …

Pregnancy Fun (and Mocktails)
Thursday, December 1, 2011 – 19:00 | One Comment

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, Pregnancy Editor
As your body changes during pregnancy, the activities you used to enjoy may be off limits. You may not be able to drink your morning coffee, have sushi for lunch, or …

Creating a Village
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – 15:14 | 3 Comments

By Jenni Pertuset, parent consultant, API Leader in Seattle, Washington USA,
The life of a parent can feel very isolated. Warm relationships with caring adults can sustain us when we’re struggling and help our children …

Reflections on Motherhood
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – 14:59 | 2 Comments

By Barbara P. Benjamin, poet and author of Beneath the Surface (as Barbara Scott), children’s author of One White Christmas in Alabama and My Best Friend Millie
I am the mother of a 26-year-old daughter. I …

Playful Parenting with Older Children and Teens
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 – 17:51 | 5 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and attachment parenting leader (API of Portland, Oregon USA)
Young children play effortlessly. Kids are naturally predisposed to play, and it doesn’t take much to engage a child in …

Love Not Always Floodlights and Fireworks, but Sometimes It Is
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 – 17:17 | 2 Comments

By Megan Oteri,
My son is sleeping on my husband’s chest. Snuggled in an O against his broad shoulders in a snuggly nest. Resting easy, gently. I want my son to wake up because I …

Attachment as Important at School as at Home
Monday, September 26, 2011 – 15:22 | 8 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
If your children or grandchildren are anything like mine, they were looking forward to starting school after the long, hot summer, equipped with …

Spotlight On: Soothing Slumber DVD
Monday, September 26, 2011 – 14:54 | One Comment

API: Tell us, exactly what is the Soothing Slumber DVD?
RACHEL RAINBOLT: The Soothing Slumber DVD is a video class of infant massage for nighttime. You will learn all the strokes you need to soothe your …

Spotlight On: Million Minute Family Challenge
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 – 18:24 | 3 Comments

API: Tell us, exactly what is the Million Minute Family Challenge?
BETH MUEHLENKAMP: The Million Minute Family Challenge is a grassroots effort across the United States and Canada to encourage families and friends to play non-electronic …

The Busy Brain Kit
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 – 18:23 | One Comment

By Judy Arnall, director of Attachment Parenting Canada,
Are you worried about your children’s bent necks and poor posture? Do their batteries run out at the wrong time?  Concerned that your toddler might drop your …

Attachment Parenting Our Teens
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 – 23:54 | 27 Comments

By Laurie A. Couture, author of Instead of Medicating and Punishing
So many attachment parents start out so passionate about giving very young children the best start possible in life: Moms birth naturally, spare their sons …

The Basics of Breastfeeding Advocacy
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 – 20:50 | One Comment

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

Breastfeeding has seen the gamut in terms of public support. For centuries, it was the most natural thing to do, and then in the mid-20th …

10 Phrases to Make a Better Parent
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 – 17:03 | 7 Comments

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline without Distress,
Many times as parents, we blurt out sayings that we heard as children and later vowed to never say to our own children. However, that is easier …

A Parent’s Look at: BabyBabyOhBaby
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 – 16:46 | No Comment

By Beth Hendrickson, blogger at
“They grow up so fast” I hear from everyone. My parents, my friends, other moms at the pool, the sweat-drenched mailman, the harried grocery store clerk, the homeless woman. It’s …