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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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Spotlight On: The Girl Behind the Door
Saturday, 28 Jun, 2014 – 0:31 | No Comment

The Girl Behind the Door by John Brooks chronicles a father’s experience from the adoption of his only child to her suicide in her teen years, including the exploration of the role of an attachment disorder. 
Editor’s …

Screen-Free Week: An Interview with the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Thursday, 1 May, 2014 – 4:04 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator and an API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska, USA)
Television, computers and other technology can offer a lot in terms of education and entertainment. Living in …

Stop Hitting Kids in School: An Interview with Nadine Block
Tuesday, 29 Apr, 2014 – 10:55 | One Comment

By Lisa Lord, editor of The Attached
Though research continues to show that spanking and other forms of physical punishment are both ineffective and harmful, and despite many nations across the globe instituting bans on …

API Cofounders Featured in Parenting with Presence Summit
Thursday, 3 Apr, 2014 – 4:48 | No Comment

World peace, for many, may seem like an unattainable ideal. Not so for families finding support through Attachment Parenting International (API), whose research-backed parenting approach promotes healthy relationships rooted in nonviolent communication and respectful interactions, …

Strengthening Secure Attachment Through Food
Friday, 28 Mar, 2014 – 5:20 | 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), Originally published in the “Feeding Our Children” 2009 issue of Attached …

Malnourished by a Western Diet, or NDD
Thursday, 27 Mar, 2014 – 3:54 | No Comment

By Dr. William Sears, pediatrician, author and member of API’s Advisory Board. Originally published in the “Feeding Our Children” 2009 issue of Attached Family.
Oftentimes, parents bring their child to me for consultation on learning or …

Feeding the Whole Family: An Interview with Cynthia Lair of Cookus Interruptus
Wednesday, 26 Mar, 2014 – 5:14 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, API’s publications coordinator, managing editor of Attached Family magazine and an API Leader (Hastings, Nebraska, USA). Originally published in the “Feeding Our Children” 2009 issue of Attached Family.
My mother has a PhD …

Kids in the Kitchen: An Interview with Sally Sampson, Founder of ChopChopKids
Wednesday, 19 Mar, 2014 – 2:06 | No Comment

By Lisa Lord, editor of The Attached
After my oldest son turned one year old, the number of foods he would eat slowly began shrinking, and it continues it’s descent toward the single digits. Luckily …

Manage Your Emotions: How to Cool Down Before You Blow Up
Friday, 14 Mar, 2014 – 7:42 | No Comment

By Kassandra Brown, parent coach in private practice at
Your baby is crying at 3 a.m. It’s not the first time tonight you’ve gotten out of bed to answer her call and offer her your …

Emotional Eating: An Interview with Dr. Marian Tanofsky-Kraff
Tuesday, 18 Feb, 2014 – 5:21 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor of Attached Family, API’s Publications Coordinator and API Leader (Hastings API, Nebraska)
Feeding a child involves more than providing nutrients. From birth on, there is a very strong emotional component. This …

How Attachment Parenting Produces Independent Kids
Thursday, 6 Feb, 2014 – 5:41 | No Comment

By Zoe Claire, originally published on Reprinted with permission.
Children are in our care for a limited amount of time, generally spanning two decades. During that time, their needs change drastically yet gradually from year …

10 Parenting Resolutions for the New Year
Thursday, 9 Jan, 2014 – 4:21 | No Comment

By Bill Corbett, author of Love, Limits, & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids in English and in Spanish and member of the API Resource Advisory Committee,
Every January presents us with the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …