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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 4. The Growing Child

Emotions, Limits and Spirited Kids: An interview with Dr. Jane Nelson
Wednesday, 11 Dec, 2013 – 4:42 | No Comment

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words for Kids, API Leader and Certified Positive Discipline Educator,
After infancy comes the age of autonomy. It’s a time when a child’s physical activity takes off, language flourishes …

Love is the Color of a Rainbow: An Interview with author Kathy Parra
Tuesday, 3 Dec, 2013 – 4:42 | No Comment

API interviewed author Kathy Parra about her children’s book, Love is the Color of a Rainbow.

Tell us about your book. What was the inspiration?

Love is the Color of a Rainbow is about Willow, a little …

Power Games for a Joyful Bedtime
Wednesday, 27 Nov, 2013 – 4:44 | One Comment

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,

Editor’s Note: The author invites us to consider a different perspective on children’s behavior. You may wish to read this in conjunction with API’s Balance …

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 …

Recipe for Raising Healthy Eaters
Thursday, 14 Nov, 2013 – 0:25 | 10 Comments

By Sarina Behar Natkin, LICSW, parent educator, Originally published on on May 4, 2012.
“What’s for dinner?”
“Ugh, I hate green beans!”
“Can I have dessert yet?”
“I’m not hungry (but I will be as soon as …

Making Time-out Positive
Thursday, 7 Nov, 2013 – 8:57 | No Comment

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words For Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting International Leader (API of Portland, Oregon, USA),
In parenting, time-outs have an important and effective role. A time-out is …

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 …

How to Parent with Attunement and Creativity
Wednesday, 16 Oct, 2013 – 0:04 | One Comment

By Brooke Campbell,  MA, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer, founder and director of Creative Kinections LLC, Originally published on, reprinted with permission.
This article was challenging to put …

Spotlight On: The Power of Parenting
Thursday, 10 Oct, 2013 – 0:06 | No Comment

API: Can you tell us about your book? 

The Power of Parenting is a motivational parenting book designed to help parents instill infants and children of all ages with positive beliefs, self-esteem, focus and a successful …

Discipline for Young Children: 12 Alternatives to Time-Outs
Thursday, 3 Oct, 2013 – 4:48 | 3 Comments

Attachment Parenting Month 2013 is here! With this year’s theme of “Parenting Creatively: The Art of Parenting” in mind, we are pleased to share this article by reader Ariadne Brill, who blogs at
If you …

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 …

Spotlight On: Dr. Peter Ernest Haiman
Tuesday, 17 Sep, 2013 – 23:17 | No Comment

API: Tell us about how you began working with children and families.
PH: Since the early 1960s, I’ve been helping parents who have come to me with their frustrations about rearing their young children and adolescents. …

Set Kids Up for Success in School
Tuesday, 27 Aug, 2013 – 23:07 | No Comment

By Bill Corbett, author of the Love, Limits, & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids book series and the founder and president of Cooperative Kids,
Whether you’re reading this before your children start …

Trust Your Children More; Teach Them Less
Wednesday, 14 Aug, 2013 – 6:20 | 6 Comments

By Bonnie Harris, M.S.Ed., director of Connective Parenting,, reprinted with permission
The more stories I hear from parents, the more I know that trusting our children’s capabilities and detours is the path to connected relationships …

Summer Vacation: Freedom From or Freedom To?
Wednesday, 24 Jul, 2013 – 0:00 | One Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, the Center for Attachment Parenting in Israel, and an international faculty member of the Neufeld Institute, Canada
“There’s nothing to do!  I’m bored!” is the battle-cry of …

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 …

The Opportunities of Summer Vacation
Wednesday, 3 Jul, 2013 – 0:04 | No Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
I love summer vacation. I remember picnics at the beach and playing in the sand. On very hot days my older sister …

Keeping a Schedule When There is No Schedule
Tuesday, 2 Jul, 2013 – 23:47 | No Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
One of the best things about summer vacation for children is that there is no fixed schedule. Kids don’t have to get …

Spotlight On: Spark of Amber
Friday, 7 Jun, 2013 – 3:25 | No Comment

API: Tell us about how your business began. What was the inspiration? What are your goals?

Julie Zorgo: Spark of Amber was founded in early 2013, after I was introduced to Baltic amber jewelry through a …

New Sibling, New Behavior! How To Respond When Children Act Out
Friday, 7 Jun, 2013 – 3:21 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words For Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting International Leader (API of Portland, Oregon, USA),
Having a new baby is an exciting time. Even the older siblings …

You Are a Good Parent
Tuesday, 21 May, 2013 – 4:27 | 11 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family, API’s Publications Coordinator, API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska)
There are many ways of raising children. Of course.
Some parents breastfeed, some don’t, and for the most part, kids turn …

An Attached Education: Can Attachment Parenting Enhance Learning?
Tuesday, 7 May, 2013 – 0:45 | 2 Comments

By Rebecca English, PhD, education lecturer at Queensland University of Technology,
I speak to many parents who want to continue through the school years with the loving, child-led, engaged parenting that they practiced when their children were …

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 …

Feeding a Vegetarian with Love and Respect
Monday, 22 Apr, 2013 – 4:08 | 4 Comments

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, senior contributing editor to Attached Family magazine
When my friend, a mother of one, found out her nine-year-old daughter wanted to become a vegetarian, she didn’t know what to do. She and her …

6 Things To Do When Your Child Says “I Hate You!”
Thursday, 18 Apr, 2013 – 12:11 | 6 Comments

By Bill Corbett, author of Love, Limits & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids, and member of the API Resource Advisory Committee,
We’re all trying to get more done in less time and …