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2. The Infant

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital Releases Report on Physical Punishment in the U.S.
Monday, 23 Mar, 2009 – 23:42 | No Comment

From API’s Communications Team
A new report released by Phoenix Children’s Hospital in collaboration with a researcher at the University of Michigan concludes that there is little evidence that physical punishment improves children’s behavior in the …

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 …

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 …

Secure Attachment During Preschool Years Predicts Healthier Peer Friendships
Tuesday, 24 Feb, 2009 – 0:21 | 2 Comments

From API’s Publications Team
A child with a secure attachment to his mother at preschool age is likely to form closer friendships with peers, according to a study published in Child Development. The article, “Bond with Mom Helps …

“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 …

Children of ‘High Conflict’ Custody Battles Tend to Suffer More Emotionally
Monday, 2 Feb, 2009 – 19:17 | 2 Comments

From API’s Publications Team
Custody cases are rarely pleasant, but in about 10 percent of these cases, it truly becomes a battle between the estranged parents and the long-term effects on their children’s mental wellbeing can …

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 …

Quiz: Are You a “Problem Parent?”
Monday, 19 Jan, 2009 – 22:15 | 23 Comments

By Tamara Parnay
People talk about the “problem child,” but I’m not really sure what a problem child is.
According to the MSN Encarta online dictionary, a problem child is “a child who requires a disproportionate amount …

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 …

Helping Children Resolve Emotional Hurts
Thursday, 15 Jan, 2009 – 2:14 | One Comment

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves
Dahlia was running around the house screaming and crying. “I hate her! I hate her! I will never play with her again!”
Finally, her steps slowed, and …

Secure vs. Insecure Attachment: A Quick Reminder
Saturday, 10 Jan, 2009 – 2:49 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
A January 6 article in the United Kingdom’s Nursery World magazine, “A Unique Child: Attachment – Practice in Pictures – A Sense of Security,” illustrates the difference between a securely and insecurely attached …

Obamas Will Be Parenting Role Models
Wednesday, 7 Jan, 2009 – 23:04 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
The Public News Service published an article featuring API Co-founder Lysa Parker’s perspective on U.S. President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama’s family values.
“The children are a striking example of well behaved, …

Mentally Ill Parents More Likely to Form Insecure Attachments with Their Children
Wednesday, 7 Jan, 2009 – 20:17 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on, “One in Four Aussie Kids Have Parent with Mental Illness,” mentally ill parents are more likely to form insecure attachments with their children.
A study published in …

Teaching Empathy Through Gentle Discipline
Monday, 29 Dec, 2008 – 0:10 | One Comment

By Tamara Parnay
**Originally published in the Fall 2006 Divorce & Single Parenting issue of The Journal of API
Our children model our behavior. When surrounded by people who love them and respond to them sensitively and …

Being There for Our Children and Others Through Empathic Parenting
Saturday, 27 Dec, 2008 – 23:00 | No Comment

By Tamara Parnay
**Originally published in the Winter 2006-07 Balance issue of The Journal of API

When I was a child, I was fascinated by people and characters like “The Empath” on the Star Trek television series, …

Managing Anger: What to Do When You Want to Have a Tantrum
Saturday, 27 Dec, 2008 – 19:45 | One Comment

By Tricia Jalbert
**Originally published in the June 2000 issue of API News
It’s one thing to understand how remaining calm, supportive and objective can be a great service to our children and another thing to do …

Decoding Tantrums
Saturday, 27 Dec, 2008 – 19:10 | 7 Comments

By Stephanie Petters, leader of API of North Fulton, Georgia
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
When a parent utters the word tantrum to another parent, the reaction …

Seasons of Change: Helping a Child When Work Takes a Parent Away
Wednesday, 24 Dec, 2008 – 1:06 | No Comment

By Pam Stone, co-leader of API of Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire
**Originally published in the Summer 2007 Secondary Attachments issue of The Journal of API
Our week begins when I first utter the phrase, “Daddy’s coming home …

Help Your Toddler Bond with the New Baby
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 22:00 | 6 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
“Mommy, why do you need another Yonatan?” asked my first-born, looking at my …

Sibling Spacing: Five-Plus Years Apart Means More Time with Each Child
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 15:51 | 4 Comments

By Amy Carrier O’Brien
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Aiden was seven and a half when Owen was born, and almost ten when Liam was born. He had …

Sibling Spacing: Two Years Apart and Getting Easier with Age
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 15:26 | 8 Comments

By Melissa Hincha-Ownby, API Resource Leader of Arizona, API’s Technology Coodinator, and API’s Forum Administrator
**Originally published in the Spring 2008 New Baby issue of The Journal of API
One of the most common questions that parents …

Where Children Learn to Communicate
Monday, 15 Dec, 2008 – 0:50 | No Comment

By Dr. James MacDonald, founder of the Communicating Partners Program
**Originally published in the Fall 2007 Special Needs issue of The Journal of API
It is now clear that a child can learn in every social interaction, …

Modified Demand Feeding and the Weaning Toddler
Thursday, 4 Dec, 2008 – 3:06 | One Comment

By Deborah Bershatsky, PhD
At two years old, my son Ezra was a happy child, who seems to handle the frustrations of becoming socialized and civilized with amazing ease. If things got to be too much …

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 …