Sat, 11/23/2013 – 8:17 | One Comment

The Attached Family 2013 Loving Uniquely Issue is about loving each of our children as individuals with unique character traits.
Get your free copy here today.
Attachment Parenting is about loving each of our children as individuals with unique …

Read the full story »
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.

Home » Archive by Category

Articles in 3. The Toddler

A Lullaby Massage Riddle
Monday, 3 Jan, 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, 2 Nov, 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, 20 Oct, 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 …

10 Ways to Gently Respond When Children Say “I Can’t!”
Thursday, 30 Sep, 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 …

Empowering Children with Choices
Tuesday, 21 Sep, 2010 – 16:11 | 3 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader for East Portland API, Oregon USA
Certainly there comes a point in our children’s lives where we need them to take on some added responsibility for themselves. …

Helping Children Become Independent
Wednesday, 25 Aug, 2010 – 1:46 | 3 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of the Life Center/Israel Center for Attachment Parenting, http://lifeCenter.org.il
There are some things that simply drive us parents crazy: One is when your child insists on doing something that you want to …

One-on-One Time
Wednesday, 18 Aug, 2010 – 0:38 | 4 Comments

 

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader for East Portland API, Oregon USA
This weekend, my husband and daughter went camping, and I was able to spend 2 whole days with just my son. It …

API Parenting Support Survey: Parents Crave Local Support
Saturday, 7 Aug, 2010 – 9:47 | 2 Comments

A 2009 online survey by Attachment Parenting International revealed that parents around the world are hungry for support and education in their Attachment Parenting choices. Results from the survey clarify API’s role in providing this support.
This …

Why Your Child Doesn’t Share
Thursday, 29 Jul, 2010 – 15:45 | 15 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.naomialdort.com
Q: Our neighbor’s child happily shares everything, but our children don’t. They don’t share with each other either, and every piece of a treat …

Interaction and Relationships in Breastfeeding Families: Interview with Dr. Keren Epstein-Gilboa
Wednesday, 14 Jul, 2010 – 20:15 | 23 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Having nursed one child and not the other, I can say with confidence that there is something truly magical about the breastfeeding relationship. So much …

The Grandparent Challenge
Wednesday, 2 Jun, 2010 – 20:27 | 12 Comments

By Sonya Fehér, contributing editor for the API Speaks blog, leader for API of South Austin, Texas, USA, and blogger at www.mamatrue.com
How many of us arrived at Attachment Parenting because we wanted to parent differently …

Latest Research on Long-term Effects of Child Abuse
Tuesday, 4 May, 2010 – 20:48 | 5 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
In the United States alone, there are 3.2 million referrals to social services on allegations of child maltreatment each year – one-quarter of which are found …

Parenting without Punishment or Reward…Really?
Wednesday, 31 Mar, 2010 – 0:07 | 2 Comments

By Larissa Dann, Australia’s parenting editor for The Attached Family
I was 31 years old. In my arms, I held another life. He was warm, pliable and soft, caked in afterbirth, and seemed breakable. He had huge …

Reclaiming Happy Hour: Responding with Sensitivity during Meal Preparation
Wednesday, 24 Mar, 2010 – 18:06 | 2 Comments

By Stephanie Dahl, Responding with Sensitivity editor for The Attached Family
The hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., known in the restaurant and lounge world as “Happy Hour,” have not been historically happy in my …

‘I was Spanked, and I’m Fine!’
Tuesday, 2 Mar, 2010 – 15:38 | No Comment

By Jan Hunt, founder/director of The Natural Child Project, www.naturalchild.org
We hear it all the time, when spanking is mentioned. Someone steps forward and says something like this:
“Well, I don’t see what all the fuss is …

Early Weaning: A Time of Transition for Baby…and Mom
Tuesday, 26 Jan, 2010 – 17:53 | 3 Comments

By Chandra Hamilton
As each new talent emerges, toddlers get busy and forget to do lots of things: watch in front of them when moving, pick up toys before stepping on them, and eat. They fight …

Barbie and Disney Princesses Every Which Way: Balancing Family Values with Individual Choices
Tuesday, 15 Dec, 2009 – 16:00 | 16 Comments

By Elaine Barrington
It used to be so much easier…
Sometimes I miss the days when my values and my daughter’s were one and the same. For the first few years of Isabelle’s life I believed I …

Where to Draw the Line? Exploring Boundaries, Limits, and Consequences
Tuesday, 15 Dec, 2009 – 13:53 | 2 Comments

By Tamara Parnay
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”
~ Serenity Prayer, attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr theologian
A mother was …

What Children REALLY Want: An interview with author Licia Rando
Tuesday, 1 Dec, 2009 – 1:45 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
A cup of hot cocoa, a bubble bath, a cozy blanket, a cuddle with a fluffy dog, a steamy bowl of soup, a tuck into …

The Bedtime Challenge
Tuesday, 24 Nov, 2009 – 11:46 | No Comment

By Sonya Fehér, Mamatrue.com
Bedtime is one of the most challenging times of day for me as a parent. I am tired from having taking care of a little person all day, ready to cuddle with …

Working without Weaning: An Interview with author Kirsten Berggren
Tuesday, 27 Oct, 2009 – 12:02 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Attachment Parenting International’s seventh of the Eight Principles of Parenting, Providing Consistent and Loving Care, explains how babies and young children have an intense need …

Breastfeeding and Working, an Illustration
Tuesday, 27 Oct, 2009 – 11:04 | One Comment

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family
The first painful hurdle I was to face as a mother was the need to return to work. After a three-month crash course in Attachment Parenting (AP), …

The Family Table
Tuesday, 20 Oct, 2009 – 0:04 | No Comment

By Judy Sanders, member of API’s Board of Directors and API’s Editorial Review Board
It’s dinnertime somewhere. Families sit around a dining table, or gather around a short-legged table, or settle on a rug in a …

Breastfeeding while Pregnant
Monday, 28 Sep, 2009 – 18:11 | No Comment

By Debbie Page, RN, IBCLC, CEIM, director of TheNewBornBaby.com
Many women find themselves pregnant while they are still enjoying a nursing relationship with their child. It doesn’t typically occur during the first six months, as long …

Breastfeeding into Toddlerhood
Monday, 28 Sep, 2009 – 17:52 | 14 Comments

By Debbie Page, RN, IBCLC, CEIM, director of TheNewBornBaby.com
In Western societies, it is commonplace to expect a child to breastfeed for six months to a year only. Many mothers set that as their goal unaware …