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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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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 for Two: Tandem Nursing
Monday, 28 Sep, 2009 – 17:51 | 2 Comments

By Debbie Page, RN, IBCLC, CEIM, director of TheNewBornBaby.com
Did you ever think you would be considering nursing two children at the same time? Probably most of us haven’t thought about that, but many women have …

Good Advice for Gentle Weaning: ‘Don’t Offer, Don’t Refuse’
Monday, 28 Sep, 2009 – 17:13 | 3 Comments

By Grace Zell, staff writer for The Attached Family
My experience with weaning my daughter was very successful and non-traumatic, which was a good thing since I found it hard to imagine how I would ever …

Is Organic Really Healthier?
Monday, 21 Sep, 2009 – 19:15 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Georgia Jones isn’t accustomed to addressing a crowd as knowledgeable about food as are many attached parents. An University of Nebraska-Lincoln nutrition professor, Jones spends …

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 | 88 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 Parade of Little Girls
Tuesday, 18 Aug, 2009 – 14:44 | 3 Comments

By Tamara Brennan
Sooner or later, in every child’s life, it’s bound to happen. For my tender child, unexpected rejection came from her very first friend and before her third birthday. Clarisa and her shadow, little …

Is ‘I Love Lucy’ Educational?
Tuesday, 18 Aug, 2009 – 14:22 | No Comment

By Jan Hunt, member of API’s Advisory Board and API’s Editorial Review Board. Reprinted with permission from www.naturalchild.org. 
During a debate on legislation that would require a minimum of three hours of “educational and informative” television …

Parenting through Business Trips, Military Deployment, and Other Extended Separations
Tuesday, 18 Aug, 2009 – 14:09 | 3 Comments

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family
Every child and each parent is different, and family situations differ just as much as the people in them, making each situation unique with successes and challenges …

Say Sorry
Wednesday, 12 Aug, 2009 – 17:38 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
One of the hardest situations I face in my household is when one of my children hurts the other one, whether by accident or in …

Letter to the Editor: The Truth about TV
Wednesday, 12 Aug, 2009 – 5:11 | No Comment

By Joanna Glass, leader of API of Garner, North Carolina
Editor’s Note: This Letter to the Editor was written in response to an article published on The Attached Family on July 28, 2009, “TV as a …

No is Not the Lesson: Solving Power Struggles
Tuesday, 4 Aug, 2009 – 2:12 | 4 Comments

By Gaynell Payne
A part on our dishwasher broke. I spread a towel on the counter and washed the dishes by hand, laying them on the towel to dry. While I was washing, my 23-month-old son …

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 DrMA.com
I believe it’s that overall style or pattern of action — rather than a specific decision — that will …

TV as a Parenting Tool?
Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2009 – 11:49 | 4 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Most parenting experts advise that parents use extreme caution in allowing their child to watch television, especially younger children, and even with educational programming. And …

Yelling Works…and Other Parenting Myths Busted
Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2009 – 11:32 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Susie Walton used to yell at her kids – a lot.
“The older they got, the more I yelled,” recalled Walton, an International Network for Children …

How to Play with Your Toddler
Wednesday, 22 Jul, 2009 – 0:14 | One Comment

By Emily Rempe, founder of Productive Parenting
We are all too aware of how modern technology is changing our lifestyles. Arguments could be made with much validity on each side to the merits and detriments of …

Diverting Anger in Toddlers
Tuesday, 14 Jul, 2009 – 1:51 | 2 Comments

By Gaynell Payne
With toddlerhood comes tantrums. While some parents are taken by surprise by the seemingly violent appearance of a child raised in a non-violent home, it is a perfectly natural rite of passage for …