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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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State of the World’s Mothers: More Qualified Health Care Workers Needed Worldwide
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 – 10:02 | One Comment

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, pregnancy and birth editor
For women in our culture, pregnancy and childbirth represent a joyous time: enjoying a growing belly, fantasizing about how the baby will look, shopping for tiny layettes, and taking …

The Third Step in Responding with Sensitivity
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – 9:50 | 2 Comments

By Dottie Stone Coleman, MAT, MEd
Whatever their age, every interaction with our children — every word, every response, every look – has the potential to build up their self-confidence and self-esteem, or tear it down. Likewise, …

The Use — and Abuse — of Attachment Research in Family Courts
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – 9:41 | 10 Comments

By Peter Ernest Haiman, PhD, reprinted with permission, www.peterhaiman.com
An enormous amount of exceedingly important, valid, and reliable research on child development has been published in the last half century. Unfortunately, very little of this information …

Embracing Positive Discipline’s Challenges
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 – 11:28 | 11 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader of API of East Portland, Oregon USA
Positive discipline doesn’t come instinctively for many people. In fact, that’s why most parents endeavor in positive discipline in the first …

The Delicate Balance of Parenthood
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 – 11:11 | No Comment

By Megan Kunze, MS
Being raised by a single mother molded me into the woman and mother I am today. Some of my parenting practices are similar and others are very different. My attempts to successfully …

How to Respond to the Most Frustrating Phrases Kids Say
Thursday, March 31, 2011 – 13:57 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
“No!”
“You’re so mean.”
“I hate you!”
“Daddy lets me.”
“You like him better than me.”
“Why should I?”
“You can’t make me!”
“That’s mine!”
“I don’t want to.”
Kids say the darndest things, …

Spotlight On: Balboa Baby
Thursday, March 31, 2011 – 13:27 | No Comment

API: Tell us, exactly what is Balboa Baby?
BALBOA BABY: Balboa Baby is a relative newcomer to the juvenile industry, having been established in 2007 with the introduction of an adjustable baby sling. This was followed …

The “See One, Teach One, Do One” Approach to Teaching
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 – 17:13 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader for Portland API, Oregon USA
Teaching children practical life skills takes more time than we usually think.  It’s common for parents to get frustrated with kids who …

What to do When Children Demean Each Other
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 – 17:00 | 5 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.naomialdort.com
Q: My daughter calls her brother stupid and he feels hurt. He does the same in return. I tried everything, but neither of them will …

Teens and Sex from an Attachment Perspective
Thursday, March 3, 2011 – 11:17 | 25 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, http://lifeCenter.org.il
You cannot understand sexuality without first understanding the attachment dynamic, psychologist Dr. Gordon Neufeld explains. The pursuit of proximity is one of the …

Why It’s Important to Help Children Make Friends
Thursday, March 3, 2011 – 11:01 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
My four-year-old is exceptionally smart but has a tough time with social relationships due to developmental delays spurring from prematurity. In fact, she’s in a …

Respectful Potty Training
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 – 20:36 | 10 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.naomialdort.com
Q: I have read about raising babies without diapers, or getting them out of diapers by two. I am pregnant and would like to do …

Routines for Preschoolers
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 – 20:12 | 5 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader for East Portland API, Oregon USA
Many parents fall into a routine with their new baby sometime in the first few months of life. Eating and sleeping …

When Daddy Goes Away
Sunday, January 23, 2011 – 19:18 | 8 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.naomialdort.com
Q: My husband will be going away for eight weeks in the near future. I am wondering how I can ease the stress of this …

Spotlight On: Camp Common Ground
Sunday, January 23, 2011 – 18:38 | 2 Comments

API: Tell us, exactly what is Camp Common Ground?
CAROLE BLANE: I am a Leader of an Attachment Parenting International group in New Jersey and also the Program Coordinator at Camp Common Ground in Vermont. I …

The Best Time for Bilingual Education
Sunday, January 23, 2011 – 18:35 | No Comment

By Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas, www.primroseschools.com
Traditional wisdom has been to start teaching a second language in middle school, or even high school. Yet numerous research studies clearly demonstrate that the optimal period in a …

What’s the Big Deal with CIO?
Monday, January 3, 2011 – 20:58 | 37 Comments

By Margaret Chuong-Kim, MA
Among parents of infants these days, there is constant debate about how to respond to a baby’s cries. On one hand, there are proponents of the “cry it out” method, where the …

Healing Birth, The Second Time Around
Monday, January 3, 2011 – 20:50 | 5 Comments

By Heather Spergel
How do you heal from a traumatic birth experience? How do you put it behind you and find the inner strength to not only move on but to decide to do it all …

The Toddler: ‘Baby on Wheels’
Monday, January 3, 2011 – 20:41 | 2 Comments

By Avanya Manasseh
It’s 8:30 in the morning. My husband looks at me on his way to work and says, “Have a great day!” Apparently he didn’t notice the poop on my shirt and disinfectant wipes …

A Touch Today for a Better Tomorrow
Monday, January 3, 2011 – 20:32 | One Comment

By Danielle Buffardi, Nurturing Touch Editor for The Attached Family magazine
Beginning in the womb, your child becomes used to your touch. The swishing of the amniotic fluid and your gentle movements sway your child within …

A Lullaby Massage Riddle
Monday, January 3, 2011 – 20:21 | No Comment

By Sybil L. Hart, PhD, author of Lullaby Massage
Who would be the last parent to get voted off the island? Would our champ be the one able to take a pair of toddlers camping and …

The Daycare Dilemma
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 – 19:49 | 30 Comments

By Jan Hunt, founder/director of The Natural Child Project, www.naturalchild.org
It’s always a dilemma for me to know just how to address the subject of substitute care, because there is such a gap in our culture …

How to Use Family Meetings
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 – 15:05 | 6 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader for East Portland API, Oregon USA
No matter if yours is a family of two or ten, taking regular opportunities to get together and talk about “business” helps …

The Room of a Teenage Boy: A Look at AP with Teens
Monday, October 4, 2010 – 20:17 | 5 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, http://lifeCenter.org.il
The sign on the door was hardly welcoming. It read, “Warning! Restricted Area. No Trespassing. Use of Deadly Force Authorized!”
I was invited in. The younger …

10 Ways to Gently Respond When Children Say “I Can’t!”
Thursday, September 30, 2010 – 9:21 | One Comment

By Dionna Ford, contributing editor to the API Speaks blog, blogger at www.codenamemama.com, cofounder of www.nursingfreedom.org
My son, Kieran, has been struggling with a bout of the “I cannot’s” lately.
“I cannot take my shirt off, you do …