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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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Articles in Striving for Balance: Personal & Family

Saved by AP and Now 8 Kids Later: An Interview with Margie Wilson-Mars
Thursday, 5 Jun, 2014 – 0:34 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, API’s  publications coordinator, managing editor of Attached Family magazine and an API Leader (Hastings, Nebraska, USA).
My husband and I have three children, and we consider our family to be quite busy especially …

Screen-Free Week: An Interview with the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Thursday, 1 May, 2014 – 4:04 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator and an API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska, USA)
Television, computers and other technology can offer a lot in terms of education and entertainment. Living in …

Navigating Military Life with API’s Eight Principles of Parenting
Thursday, 10 Apr, 2014 – 3:00 | 3 Comments

By Kathryn Abbott, API Leader. Kathryn led an API Support Group in Skagit County, WA, in 2011-2012 and then served as a Co-Leader for San Diego County API in 2012-2013. She plans to start a new …

Peggy O’Mara: An Interview
Friday, 7 Mar, 2014 – 3:40 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator and API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska).
As it turns out with so many of the most amazing people I have been privileged to write …

Take Time to Reconnect After the Work Day
Thursday, 30 Jan, 2014 – 3:40 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator and an API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska). Originally published on in October 2008.
My friend, Nicole, and her husband both work full-time. Their two-year-old …

Spotlight On: Birth, Breath and Death
Wednesday, 15 Jan, 2014 – 0:39 | No Comment

An interview with author Amy Wright Glenn about her book Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula.
Tell us about your book.
Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and …

Ask A Leader: Housework Stress and Car Seat Woes
Thursday, 21 Nov, 2013 – 10:36 | No Comment

By Leyani Redditi and Cason Zarro, API Leaders of API of Greater Atlanta, Georgia
Q: I am feeling overwhelmed with household chores and parenting. I want to be present for my children, but the pressure of …

Spotlight On: Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids
Tuesday, 22 Oct, 2013 – 0:29 | One Comment

An interview with Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids author, Dr. Laura Markham.

Tell us about your book. What was the inspiration?

Most parenting books focus on changing the child’s behavior. But when you try to control another person’s …

Beyond Red Ridinghood: Protecting Children From Our Pain About the World
Wednesday, 25 Sep, 2013 – 4:20 | 6 Comments

By Tamara Brennan, Ph.D., executive director of The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action and writer at Mindful Moms Blog. Originally published on
If, as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a …

Dual-Income Families Can Be AP, Too
Thursday, 12 Sep, 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 …

Three Simple Communication Tips for a Happier Vacation
Thursday, 18 Jul, 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 …

Date Night: Why and How To Make It Happen
Thursday, 13 Jun, 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 …

Instill Creative Discipline During Screen-Free Week
Sunday, 28 Apr, 2013 – 14:49 | One Comment

By Stacy Jagger, MMFT, owner of Sunnybrook Counseling and Music with Mommie,
As a mother of two children and a newborn, I understand completely how media can become a crutch and a babysitter at times …

Balancing Attachment Parenting and Intimate Relationships
Tuesday, 12 Feb, 2013 – 4:00 | 8 Comments

By Kassandra Brown, parent coach,
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 …

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

By Margie Wagner & Callie Little, Child Development Media,, 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 …

Ten Tips for Raising a More Peaceful Child
Monday, 3 Dec, 2012 – 17:14 | 4 Comments

By Bill Corbett, author of Love, Limits & Lessons,
The General Assembly of the United Nations declared September 21st as the International Day of Peace. Since the first year of celebration, many schools around the …

When Relatives Criticize
Tuesday, 2 Oct, 2012 – 19:59 | 12 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,
Q:  My relatives criticize Attachment Parenting. They question my ability to parent and tell me that I am jeopardizing the children’s development and keeping them …

Transitioning Home: An interview with Catherine Myers, director of the Family & Home Network
Tuesday, 2 Oct, 2012 – 19:50 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and API leader
Many new parents or parents-to-be would like to stay at home with their children but find the transition from a professional career to a stay-at-home lifestyle to be …

Parenting for a Sustainable World: Cultivating a Reverence for Life
Tuesday, 2 Oct, 2012 – 19:36 | No Comment

By Lysa Parker, MS, CFLE, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International, coauthor of Attached at the Heart,
**Reprinted with permission from Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine,
It wasn’t until I became a parent that I truly …

Attachment Parenting Isn’t Asking Too Much…Our Society Is
Thursday, 31 May, 2012 – 19:29 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and API leader
There is still a lot of discussion centering on Attachment Parenting, even though the controversial TIME coverage was almost three weeks ago, which is equal to eons away …

Forget Child- or Parent-Centered…Think Family-Centered
Thursday, 31 May, 2012 – 18:54 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and API leader
Various parenting approaches are usually categorized as either child-centered or parent-centered, and there is great contention about which is better for both children and parents. Child-centered, critics say, …

Parents Need Play, Too
Tuesday, 28 Feb, 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 …

What Happens to the Brain When We “Lose It”
Thursday, 19 Jan, 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 …

Pregnancy Fun (and Mocktails)
Thursday, 1 Dec, 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 …

The Delicate Balance of Parenthood
Tuesday, 19 Apr, 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 …