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The Attached Family 2013 Loving Uniquely Issue is about loving each of our children as individuals with unique character traits.
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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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The Best Baby Food is Homemade
Monday, 21 Sep, 2009 – 17:52 | No Comment

By Amanda Hughes, co-leader for API of St. Louis, Missouri, USA
When my sister was a baby, I remember my mom had a food mill at the table and she would feed the same food to …

API’s Role in Shaping Parenting: Highlights from the 2009 API Think Tank Event in Nashville, TN
Wednesday, 9 Sep, 2009 – 16:10 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
In an unprecedented move, Attachment Parenting International gathered eight brilliant minds in Attachment Parenting for the organization’s 15th Anniversary Celebration gathering the last weekend of …

Dr. Isabelle Fox on Overnight Visitations: As Harmful as We Suspect?
Friday, 4 Sep, 2009 – 9:38 | 48 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Attachment Parenting International regularly fields questions from members regarding different aspects of attachment, child development, and challenging family situations. Easily the largest area of concern …

The 4 Parenting Styles: What Works and What Doesn’t
Tuesday, 4 Aug, 2009 – 1:00 | 5 Comments

By Dr. Maryann Rosenthal, co-author of Be A Parent, Not A Pushover, reprinted with permission from
I believe it’s that overall style or pattern of action — rather than a specific decision — that will …

Trust Your Baby to Show You When to Breastfeed
Tuesday, 21 Jul, 2009 – 22:32 | 2 Comments

By Jack Newman, M.D. & Teresa Pitman, reprinted with permission from The Latch and Other Keys to Breastfeeding Success
Babies are born with the skills and instincts to help them breastfeed, but we often ignore the …

The Basics of Bottle Nursing
Tuesday, 14 Jul, 2009 – 1:02 | 2 Comments

By Barbara Nicholson & Lysa Parker, API co-founders, reprinted with permission from Attached at the Heart ©, available through the API Store
We have been contacted by many parents and caregivers who want to incorporate the …

Why Breast is Best, and What Needs to Change in Society to Better Support Mothers
Tuesday, 7 Jul, 2009 – 0:53 | 2 Comments

By Christina Podolak

For most of our human existence on earth, mothers have fed their babies breast milk. Within the last 100 years, mothers had another option for feeding their babies: formula.
Mothers today are faced with …

Use Massage to Reconnect at the End of the Work Day
Tuesday, 7 Jul, 2009 – 0:30 | One Comment

In today’s world economy, we often find that most parents are working outside of the home. This may mean a two parent home has both parents working outside of …

Throw Out Those Jars of Baby Food
Tuesday, 7 Jul, 2009 – 0:01 | No Comment

By Cynthia Lair, reprinted with permission from Cookus Interruptus, ©
For many years, I was a guest speaker for the Evergreen Hospital postnatal mom and baby support groups.  I would haul a butane burner, pan, …

AP is Good for Mom, Too
Tuesday, 30 Jun, 2009 – 15:44 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Experts and parents agree – telling and retelling of a birth story is vital for a woman to overcome an emotionally traumatic birth. But there …

Parenting without Spoiling
Tuesday, 30 Jun, 2009 – 15:02 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Neighbor: “Oh, your children are always so wonderful to be around! I can tell that you take parenting seriously.”
Parent: “Thank you! I think they’re wonderful, …

America’s Family Crisis: Parental Depression Putting 15 Million U.S. Children at Risk
Tuesday, 16 Jun, 2009 – 1:03 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Depression is beyond epidemic proportions, not only in the United States but in many societies around the world. People like to blame more recent economic …

What Attachment Parenting Does for Your Child’s Future
Tuesday, 16 Jun, 2009 – 0:06 | One Comment

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

Especially if you’re new to Attachment Parenting, you may be wondering what does parenting have to do with your adult relationships. Quite a lot, if …

Don’t Give Up on Babywearing
Monday, 15 Jun, 2009 – 23:39 | No Comment

By Marie Blois, MD, member of API’s Board of Directors
One of the biggest mistakes that new parents make is giving up too soon on soft carriers. Because we often do not have real-life models, wearing …

My Dear Crying Baby
Monday, 15 Jun, 2009 – 23:23 | One Comment

By Tamara Parnay
My dear crying baby,
Don’t worry
I see through…
Just beneath your upset, tear-streaked face
Lies pure innocence
Just beneath your urgent, heart-rending cries
Lie complete and utter trust and dependence
Just beneath your immediate suffering
Lies relief
Just beneath my anxiety …

The Importance of Skin-to-Skin Contact
Tuesday, 9 Jun, 2009 – 0:49 | One Comment

By Jack Newman, MD, & Teresa Pitman
We now have a multitude of studies that show mothers and babies should be together, skin-to-skin (baby naked, not wrapped in a blanket), the baby’s neck extended slightly so …

Babywearing is Good for Babies
Monday, 1 Jun, 2009 – 21:25 | No Comment

By Marie Blois, MD, member of API’s Board of Directors
Biologically, babies need to be carried in order to thrive. Studies have shown that otherwise well-nourished and cared for infants who are deprived of human touch …

Breastfeeding Helps to Offset Early Disadvantages
Tuesday, 14 Apr, 2009 – 9:52 | No Comment

From the University of London
Breastfeeding may be particularly important to the educational and emotional development of children from single-parent and low-income families, new research suggests.
Previous studies have reported that the high nutritional content of breast …

Parenting Style Changes Gene Expression
Monday, 2 Mar, 2009 – 16:37 | One Comment

From API’s Communications Team
Research has, for many years, shown that the way a child is parented will physically shape his brain — that each interaction, good or bad, will create pathways within the brain as …

Nutritional Deficiencies in the Mother May Affect Her Attachment with Her Baby
Tuesday, 24 Feb, 2009 – 0:41 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
Nutritional deficiencies in mothers can affect her mental health and lead to inconsistent patterns of mother-child interactions, which in turn increases the likelihood of creating an insecure attachment between the mother and …

How to Play with Your Baby
Monday, 23 Feb, 2009 – 20:27 | One Comment

By Maathangi Iyer, staff writer for The Attached Family
Your child is naturally imaginative – all children are. Most theories of child development view young children as highly creative, with a natural tendency to fantasize, experiment, and …

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

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Separation without Anxiety
Monday, 9 Feb, 2009 – 3:09 | 19 Comments

By Grace Zell, staff writer for The Attached Family
About a year ago, a friend convinced me to do something good for myself and join the local gym. She would leave her two-year-old daughter in the …

Every Parent-Child Interaction Shapes the Brain
Sunday, 25 Jan, 2009 – 15:05 | One Comment

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family
Humans all begin the exact same way. We start our life out as a zygote, the fertilized egg in our mother’s uterus, 46 chromosomes that will determine …

Length of Postpartum Depression Determines Mother-Baby Attachment Difficulties
Thursday, 22 Jan, 2009 – 0:59 | 4 Comments

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on, “Postnatal Depression and Your Baby,” the length of a new mother’s postpartum depression has a strong tie with the difficulties she’ll experience in establishing a close …