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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.

Helping Your Adopted Teen Develop an Identity
Tue, 9/06/09 – 1:52 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Parenting during the teenage years is as trying on the young adult as it is on his parents. But if your child was adopted or …

Abolishing Corporal Punishment of Children
Tue, 9/06/09 – 1:09 | No Comment

From the Council of Europe
The Council of Europe wants a continent free of corporal punishment. Hitting people is wrong — and children are people, too.
To protect children from corporal punishment, the Council of Europe has …

The Importance of Skin-to-Skin Contact
Tue, 9/06/09 – 0:49 | One Comment

By Jack Newman, MD, & Teresa Pitman
We now have a multitude of studies that show mothers and babies should be together, skin-to-skin (baby naked, not wrapped in a blanket), the baby’s neck extended slightly so …

What Your Child’s Lovie Says about Your Attachment
Tue, 9/06/09 – 0:14 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
I don’t encourage the use of lovies – blankets, teddy bears, or other objects children can develop an attachment to – in my household but …

Heal Thyself through Birth Storytelling
Tue, 2/06/09 – 0:31 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
In preparing the Spring 2009 issue of The Attached Family, I asked a number of women to tell their birth stories who were too uncomfortable …

How to Handle a Little Shoplifter
Mon, 1/06/09 – 23:12 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
When I was younger, my mother would take my sister and I to browse through little shops in our hometown full of local artisan’s crafts. …

Dealing with an Angry Teen
Mon, 1/06/09 – 22:43 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Do you find yourself getting frustrated with your teen? So does every parent at some time. What about anger – has your relationship with your …

Babywearing is Good for Babies
Mon, 1/06/09 – 21:25 | No Comment

By Marie Blois, MD, member of API’s Board of Directors
Biologically, babies need to be carried in order to thrive. Studies have shown that otherwise well-nourished and cared for infants who are deprived of human touch …

Be Prepared for These Common Childbirth Interventions
Mon, 18/05/09 – 16:17 | No Comment

By Amber Lewis, staff writer for The Attached Family publications
“Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.”
~ Gloria Steinem, Ms. Magazine, April 1981
Most pregnant women will tell …

Luke’s Birth
Mon, 27/04/09 – 9:22 | No Comment

By Jeannette Freeman, leader of API of Southeast Texas
Editor’s Note: Attachment Parenting International does not advocate unassisted birth of any sort. We believe the safest birthing environment for every baby, whether at home or in …

Audrey’s Birth
Mon, 27/04/09 – 9:02 | No Comment

By Jeannette Freeman, leader of API of Southeast Texas
On Monday morning, August 1, I woke up with my first contraction at 5:30 a.m. I had another at 6:30 a.m., 7 a.m., and then periodically throughout …

The Story of Emily Fran
Mon, 27/04/09 – 8:22 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, editor of The Attached Family publications
Emily Fran was born at 8:27 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, at 19 inches long and six pounds, 12 ounces. I waited a long time to write …

The Story of Rachel
Mon, 27/04/09 – 8:22 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, editor of The Attached Family publications
 
Editor’s Note:
This birth story goes along with the article of how I came to Attachment Parenting through my premature daughter’s birth. Find the article, “AP from a …

The Long Wait for William
Mon, 27/04/09 – 8:22 | No Comment

By Amy McGovern, co-leader of API of Norman, Oklahoma
I woke up on a Sunday wondering, again, if this was the day my husband, Andy, and I would get to meet William. After church, I tried …

The Rocky Arrival of My Twins
Mon, 27/04/09 – 8:22 | No Comment

By Pam Stone, co-leader of API of Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire
On a Wednesday afternoon, several weeks before my twins were due when I was on bedrest in the Maternity part of the hospital, I started …

Dear Editor: Use ‘Mainstream’ Instead of ‘Traditional’
Tue, 14/04/09 – 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; …

Breastfeeding Helps to Offset Early Disadvantages
Tue, 14/04/09 – 9:52 | No Comment

From the University of London
Breastfeeding may be particularly important to the educational and emotional development of children from single-parent and low-income families, new research suggests.
Previous studies have reported that the high nutritional content of breast …

Parenting Style Matters in Substance Abuse Prevention
Tue, 14/04/09 – 7:15 | No Comment

By Sadaf Rauf, staff writer for The Attached Family publications
Adolescent use of illicit drugs and alcohol has become a pervasive problem in contemporary society. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 2008 survey found that, …

Modeling Attachment Between Parents
Mon, 6/04/09 – 12:39 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)

Q: Why doesn’t my partner love me a better?
A: In our dreams, maybe we imagine the perfect partner to be the one who we fall …

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Releases Report on Physical Punishment in the U.S.
Mon, 23/03/09 – 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 …

The NVC Approach to “No”
Sat, 21/03/09 – 16:56 | 2 Comments

CNVC Certified NVC Trainer Inbal Kashtan discusses and demonstrates how to work with the incessant “no” from a child.

Blending In
Mon, 9/03/09 – 22:36 | No Comment

By Maathangi Iyer, staff writer for The Attached Family publications
It is an understatement to say that step-families have many challenges to overcome. Step-families often are formed out of loss – demise of a partner, a …

Parenting Style Changes Gene Expression
Mon, 2/03/09 – 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
Mon, 2/03/09 – 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 …

Nutritional Deficiencies in the Mother May Affect Her Attachment with Her Baby
Tue, 24/02/09 – 0:41 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
Nutritional deficiencies in mothers can affect her mental health and lead to inconsistent patterns of mother-child interactions, which in turn increases the likelihood of creating an insecure attachment between the mother and …