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1. Pregnancy & Birth

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4. The Growing Child

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5. The Adolescent

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Modeling Attachment Between Parents
Monday, 6 Apr, 2009 – 12:39 | No Comment

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

Q: Why doesn’t my partner love me a better?
A: In our dreams, maybe we imagine the perfect partner to be the one who we fall …

When ‘D’ Meets ‘S': The Role of Personality in Parenting
Monday, 2 Mar, 2009 – 12:51 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Through Attachment Parenting, we learn how truly powerful a close emotional relationship with our children can be. But even with the strongest of bonds, conflict …

“Giving the Love that Heals,” an interview with attachment therapist Harville Hendrix
Saturday, 14 Feb, 2009 – 22:36 | One Comment

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The Role of Attachment in Healing Infant Depression
Monday, 19 Jan, 2009 – 22:14 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Depression — a mental illness marked by unrelenting sadness and hopelessness that permeates the lives of an estimated one in 18 people — is among the most …

AP from a Preemie Mom’s Perspective
Saturday, 27 Dec, 2008 – 18:25 | 6 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
It was a big day for me, my husband, and my …

Speaking Out About Postpartum Depression
Tuesday, 23 Dec, 2008 – 0:18 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
So many first-time moms are caught off-guard by their emotions after giving …

Sibling Spacing: One Year Apart, Too Close or Just Right?
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 11:50 | 5 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
I love babies, especially the newborns. I love breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, the …

Considerations of Sibling Spacing on the Family Dynamic
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 2:51 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
One year, two years, five years, ten years – just what is …

Discipline Begins at Birth
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 17:58 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
My youngest daughter is turning one year old this month. It’s amazing how much she’s changed since she was born – she’s learning to walk, waves …

Battling the Monsters
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 14:45 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
As a child, I was terrified of the dark. I still am, to a lesser extent. In order to move around my house at night, …

The Age of Gentle Discipline
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 14:30 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Ensuring safe sleep and striving for balance are among the trickiest of Attachment Parenting International’s Eight Principles of Parenting to follow, but probably the most …

The Long-Term Effects of Bullying on the Victim, the Bully, and the Bystander
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 14:29 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Even as late as a generation ago, teasing was considered almost a rite of passage for school-age children. It was seen as the natural establishment …

Extracurricular Activities Should Be Fun, Not Work
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 9:43 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Kids today are busier than any generation before.
School-aged children and teens have ample opportunities to fill their free time with extracurricular activities, and many parents …

Medical Reasons for Fear of the Dark
Friday, 7 Nov, 2008 – 19:51 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Being scared of the dark is a widespread nighttime issue for young children, and in the great majority of the time, the root of this …

When It’s OK to Induce Labor, and When It’s Not
Sunday, 26 Oct, 2008 – 0:17 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
One in five pregnant women will have her labor induced, for varying reasons. Some of these reasons are valid; others are not. Catherine Beier of …

Long-Distance Grandparenting
Sunday, 26 Oct, 2008 – 0:06 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
For many people, grandparenting comes as easy as the love they felt for their own children.
But not all grandparents live close enough to visit their …

AP Teaches Assertiveness
Saturday, 25 Oct, 2008 – 23:59 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Most parents who practice Attachment Parenting (AP) aren’t concerned about their children becoming bullies. After all, the goal of AP is to teach children empathy, …

Gently Persuading the Picky Toddler to Eat
Saturday, 25 Oct, 2008 – 23:35 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
It can be shocking to parents when their voracious eater suddenly begins refusing food when he enters the toddler years. Sometimes, he even skips a …

Morning Sickness as an Attachment Education for Baby’s Father
Saturday, 25 Oct, 2008 – 23:21 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Pregnant women know better than anyone how connected they can feel to the new, little life growing inside them – even if the baby is so …

Discouraging School-Age Children and Teens from Junk Food
Saturday, 25 Oct, 2008 – 16:42 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Sadly, the challenge of encouraging your child to eat nutritiously doesn’t get any easier as he grows. As they become more independent thinkers, school-aged children …

Beyond Babies…Promoting Attachment Through Feeding of Older Children
Tuesday, 21 Oct, 2008 – 14:59 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Attachment Parenting International’s Eight Principles of Parenting calls parents to feed their children with love and respect. With infants, this easily translates into breastfeeding or …

Eating With Morning Sickness
Tuesday, 21 Oct, 2008 – 14:47 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Of all the changes that take place in a woman’s body during pregnancy, the most uncomfortable for an estimated 70 percent of women – as reported …

Stay-at-Home Parenting Not Just for Moms
Tuesday, 21 Oct, 2008 – 14:43 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Perhaps you and your spouse have decided that stay-at-home parenting is valuable for your family, and you’re trying to decide who, between you, is the …

The Rising Rate of Cesarean Sections in the U.S.
Tuesday, 21 Oct, 2008 – 14:24 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
One in three women (31.8%) in America is now giving birth to their children via a Cesarean section. The highest rate in history for this nation, …