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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.

Is Organic Really Healthier?
Mon, 21/09/09 – 19:15 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Georgia Jones isn’t accustomed to addressing a crowd as knowledgeable about food as are many attached parents. An University of Nebraska-Lincoln nutrition professor, Jones spends …

The Best Baby Food is Homemade
Mon, 21/09/09 – 17:52 | No Comment

By Amanda Hughes, co-leader for API of St. Louis, Missouri, USA
When my sister was a baby, I remember my mom had a food mill at the table and she would feed the same food to …

API’s Role in Shaping Parenting: Highlights from the 2009 API Think Tank Event in Nashville, TN
Wed, 9/09/09 – 16:10 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
In an unprecedented move, Attachment Parenting International gathered eight brilliant minds in Attachment Parenting for the organization’s 15th Anniversary Celebration gathering the last weekend of …

Dr. Isabelle Fox on Overnight Visitations: As Harmful as We Suspect?
Fri, 4/09/09 – 9:38 | 79 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Attachment Parenting International regularly fields questions from members regarding different aspects of attachment, child development, and challenging family situations. Easily the largest area of concern …

Dr. Isabelle Fox on Divorce and Older Children
Thu, 3/09/09 – 10:08 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Ideally, marriage lasts forever, but for a variety of reasons, many families today will experience divorce – an event that is as difficult on older …

The Parade of Little Girls
Tue, 18/08/09 – 14:44 | 3 Comments

By Tamara Brennan
Sooner or later, in every child’s life, it’s bound to happen. For my tender child, unexpected rejection came from her very first friend and before her third birthday. Clarisa and her shadow, little …

Is ‘I Love Lucy’ Educational?
Tue, 18/08/09 – 14:22 | No Comment

By Jan Hunt, member of API’s Advisory Board and API’s Editorial Review Board. Reprinted with permission from www.naturalchild.org. 
During a debate on legislation that would require a minimum of three hours of “educational and informative” television …

Parenting through Business Trips, Military Deployment, and Other Extended Separations
Tue, 18/08/09 – 14:09 | 3 Comments

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family
Every child and each parent is different, and family situations differ just as much as the people in them, making each situation unique with successes and challenges …

Say Sorry
Wed, 12/08/09 – 17:38 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
One of the hardest situations I face in my household is when one of my children hurts the other one, whether by accident or in …

Bonding Begins in Utero…for Fathers, Too
Wed, 12/08/09 – 17:14 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Pregnancy is an amazing time of bonding between a mother and her baby, especially during a first pregnancy. There is no way to describe what …

Letter to the Editor: The Truth about TV
Wed, 12/08/09 – 5:11 | No Comment

By Joanna Glass, leader of API of Garner, North Carolina
Editor’s Note: This Letter to the Editor was written in response to an article published on The Attached Family on July 28, 2009, “TV as a …

No is Not the Lesson: Solving Power Struggles
Tue, 4/08/09 – 2:12 | 4 Comments

By Gaynell Payne
A part on our dishwasher broke. I spread a towel on the counter and washed the dishes by hand, laying them on the towel to dry. While I was washing, my 23-month-old son …

What Parents Need to Know about Cell Phones
Tue, 4/08/09 – 1:45 | One Comment

By Lisa Anthony, reprinted with permission from CellPhones.org
Editor’s Note: Attachment Parenting International doesn’t take a stance on cell phone use for children and adolescents. This article is to inform parents who do allow cell phone use, …

The 4 Parenting Styles: What Works and What Doesn’t
Tue, 4/08/09 – 1:00 | 5 Comments

By Dr. Maryann Rosenthal, co-author of Be A Parent, Not A Pushover, reprinted with permission from DrMA.com
I believe it’s that overall style or pattern of action — rather than a specific decision — that will …

To Intervene or Not? Deciding When and How to Get Involved in Another Parent’s Situation
Tue, 28/07/09 – 12:35 | 4 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
We’ve all seen it – a mother losing her temper toward her child in the grocery store, or a father treating his child in a …

Dawn of Attachment: Why Mom’s Emotions Matter During Pregnancy
Tue, 28/07/09 – 12:02 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
During my second pregnancy, I was a ball of nerves. While my baby was born healthily, she was of a lower birth weight than what …

TV as a Parenting Tool?
Tue, 28/07/09 – 11:49 | 4 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Most parenting experts advise that parents use extreme caution in allowing their child to watch television, especially younger children, and even with educational programming. And …

Yelling Works…and Other Parenting Myths Busted
Tue, 28/07/09 – 11:32 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Susie Walton used to yell at her kids – a lot.
“The older they got, the more I yelled,” recalled Walton, an International Network for Children …

A Win-Win Situation: How to Teach Sportsmanship
Tue, 28/07/09 – 10:49 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Board games, sports, and other competitive activities can bring families closer together as well as teach children important lessons about character. A friend of mine …

How to Play with Your Toddler
Wed, 22/07/09 – 0:14 | One Comment

By Emily Rempe, founder of Productive Parenting
We are all too aware of how modern technology is changing our lifestyles. Arguments could be made with much validity on each side to the merits and detriments of …

Unschooling: Learning through Play
Tue, 21/07/09 – 22:47 | 2 Comments

By Jan Hunt, member of API’s Advisory Board and API’s Editorial Review Board. Reprinted with permission from www.naturalchild.org
My son Jason, now a young adult, has been unschooled from the beginning – we were fortunate …

Trust Your Baby to Show You When to Breastfeed
Tue, 21/07/09 – 22:32 | 2 Comments

By Jack Newman, M.D. & Teresa Pitman, reprinted with permission from The Latch and Other Keys to Breastfeeding Success
Babies are born with the skills and instincts to help them breastfeed, but we often ignore the …

Lose that Stubborn Baby Fat…and Keep Your Exercise AP-Friendly
Tue, 21/07/09 – 22:28 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Pregnancy changes a woman’s body, and in ways that last long after the baby comes. Many women find that their shoes no longer fit, or …

Diverting Anger in Toddlers
Tue, 14/07/09 – 1:51 | 2 Comments

By Gaynell Payne
With toddlerhood comes tantrums. While some parents are taken by surprise by the seemingly violent appearance of a child raised in a non-violent home, it is a perfectly natural rite of passage for …

Name Your Baby the AP Way
Tue, 14/07/09 – 1:31 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Perhaps no activity can consume as much of an expectant couple’s time and energy as choosing a name for their baby. While other aspects of …