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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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How to Respond to the Most Frustrating Phrases Kids Say
Thursday, 31 Mar, 2011 – 13:57 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
“No!”
“You’re so mean.”
“I hate you!”
“Daddy lets me.”
“You like him better than me.”
“Why should I?”
“You can’t make me!”
“That’s mine!”
“I don’t want to.”
Kids say the darndest things, …

The “See One, Teach One, Do One” Approach to Teaching
Wednesday, 23 Mar, 2011 – 17:13 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader for Portland API, Oregon USA
Teaching children practical life skills takes more time than we usually think.  It’s common for parents to get frustrated with kids who …

What to do When Children Demean Each Other
Wednesday, 23 Mar, 2011 – 17:00 | 5 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.naomialdort.com
Q: My daughter calls her brother stupid and he feels hurt. He does the same in return. I tried everything, but neither of them will …

Why It’s Important to Help Children Make Friends
Thursday, 3 Mar, 2011 – 11:01 | 3 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
My four-year-old is exceptionally smart but has a tough time with social relationships due to developmental delays spurring from prematurity. In fact, she’s in a …

Routines for Preschoolers
Tuesday, 1 Feb, 2011 – 20:12 | 5 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, certified positive discipline educator and leader for East Portland API, Oregon USA
Many parents fall into a routine with their new baby sometime in the first few months of life. Eating and sleeping …

When Daddy Goes Away
Sunday, 23 Jan, 2011 – 19:18 | 8 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, www.naomialdort.com
Q: My husband will be going away for eight weeks in the near future. I am wondering how I can ease the stress of this …

Spotlight On: Camp Common Ground
Sunday, 23 Jan, 2011 – 18:38 | 2 Comments

API: Tell us, exactly what is Camp Common Ground?
CAROLE BLANE: I am a Leader of an Attachment Parenting International group in New Jersey and also the Program Coordinator at Camp Common Ground in Vermont. I …

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 …

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 …

‘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 …

AP with the Double-Digit Child (10+ years old)
Wednesday, 17 Feb, 2010 – 18:08 | No Comment

By Gila Brown, MA, parent educator, www.gilabrown.com
We know the Eight Principles of Parenting are fundamental in establishing the critical attachment bond with our little ones.
As children get older, their needs evolve. Once we’ve parented through infancy …

Do Consequences Work with Older Children?
Wednesday, 17 Feb, 2010 – 17:22 | No Comment

By Camille North, editor of API Links
Some years ago, my oldest son forgot his shoes on a routine trip to the grocery store. We’d struggled with the “shoe issue” for a while, and I hadn’t …

Nature Therapy
Wednesday, 20 Jan, 2010 – 0:54 | No Comment

By Carrie Kerr
I have always been of the opinion that days which are 70 degrees and sunny should be declared “National Hooky Days.” After all, what could be more important than getting outside on such a …

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 …