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Dear Editor: Use ‘Mainstream’ Instead of ‘Traditional’
Tuesday, 14 Apr, 2009 – 10:26 | No Comment

Dear Editor,
Just a quick note to question your comment in the opening article of the April 2009 issue of The Attached Family Ezine that Attachment Parenting is an alternative to “traditional” parenting. Perhaps the term “mainstream” would be better; …

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 …

“Giving the Love that Heals,” an interview with attachment therapist Harville Hendrix
Saturday, 14 Feb, 2009 – 22:36 | One Comment

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As promised in the Winter 2008-09 Healing Childhood Wounds issue of The Journal of API — as a followup to the article “The 11th Commandment” …

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 …

Canada Judge Reverses Custody in Case of Parental Alienation
Thursday, 29 Jan, 2009 – 21:15 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
Canadian parents who have been the target of parental alienation that is negatively affecting their attachment to their children now have the courts on their side. According to an article on, …

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 | 2 Comments

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 …

From Homeschool to School, and Back Again
Tuesday, 23 Dec, 2008 – 12:27 | No Comment

By Nikki Schaefer, staff writer for The Attached Family
**Originally published in the Fall 2008 Growing Child issue of The Journal of API
“Mom, there’s just seven more days until the first day of fall!” my six-year-old …

On Public School
Tuesday, 23 Dec, 2008 – 12:13 | One Comment

By Joan DeMeyer, co-leader of API of St. Louis, Missouri
**Originally published in the Fall 2008 Growing Child issue of The Journal of API
My decision to send my children to public school was made with some …

Sibling Spacing: Five-Plus Years Apart Means More Time with Each Child
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 15:51 | 5 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 …

UAE Childhood Depression on the Rise
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 3:55 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on the United Arab Emirates’, “More than Sadness,” the rate of children with depression in the UAE is on the rise.
According to Dr. Timo Brosig of the …

Solution to Childhood Obesity is in the Parents’ Behavior
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 3:20 | One Comment

From API’s Publications Team
An article on the United Kingdom’s, “Tackle Child Obesity: Teach Mums to Eat,” explains how the solution to rising childhood obesity is in teaching parents that their eating behavior is how …

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, …

Looking Back on My Time as an AP Mother Now that My Children are Grown
Thursday, 4 Dec, 2008 – 3:32 | No Comment

By Lisa Walshe
Raising babies and small children is hard work. Physically, there is a lack of sleep and just the constancy of keeping up with toddlers. Apart from times of illness, I enjoyed the experience …