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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.

Every Parent-Child Interaction Shapes the Brain
Sun, 25/01/09 – 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 …

Economic Recession is Reshaping Families
Fri, 23/01/09 – 16:48 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on SeattlePI.com, “Unemployed Dads Work to Find Their Place at Home,” the economic recession-spurred unemployment rate — expected to hit double digits in the United States — could be …

Negative Experiences Early in Life Can Lead to Teen Violence
Thu, 22/01/09 – 23:39 | No Comment

From Duke University
Adverse experiences early in life can lead to minor childhood behavior problems, which can grow into serious acts of teen violence, according to new research.  This “cascading effect” of repeated negative incidents and …

Length of Postpartum Depression Determines Mother-Baby Attachment Difficulties
Thu, 22/01/09 – 0:59 | 4 Comments

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on Guadian.co.uk, “Postnatal Depression and Your Baby,” the length of a new mother’s postpartum depression has a strong tie with the difficulties she’ll experience in establishing a close …

Quiz: Are You a “Problem Parent?”
Mon, 19/01/09 – 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
Mon, 19/01/09 – 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
Thu, 15/01/09 – 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 …

Rates of Unnecessary Childbirth Interventions is Alarming
Sun, 11/01/09 – 2:51 | No Comment

From Lamaze International
Despite best evidence, health care providers continue to perform routine procedures during labor and birth that often are unnecessary and can have harmful results for mothers and babies.
The Centers for Disease Control and …

Secure vs. Insecure Attachment: A Quick Reminder
Sat, 10/01/09 – 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
Wed, 7/01/09 – 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
Wed, 7/01/09 – 20:17 | No Comment

From API’s Publications Team
According to an article on InTheNews.co.uk, “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 …

Do Two Halves Make a Whole?
Mon, 29/12/08 – 1:09 | One Comment

By Isabelle Fox, PhD, author of Being There and Growing Up and member of API’s Advisory Board
**Originally published in the Fall 2006 Divorce & Single Parenting issue of The Journal of API
I frequently receive e-mail …

In Search of Support: My Experience as a Single AP Mom
Mon, 29/12/08 – 0:53 | 19 Comments

By Christy Farr Ferrelli, former executive director of API
**Originally published in the Fall 2006 Divorce & Single Parenting issue of The Journal of API
My experience as a single attachment parent started when my son was …

Duty Calls: An AP Single Parent’s Slice of Life
Mon, 29/12/08 – 0:23 | One Comment

By Hazel Larkin
**Originally published in the Fall 2006 Divorce & Single Parenting issue of The Journal of API
As the lone parent of two little girls four years old and two years old, one of the hardest …

Teaching Empathy Through Gentle Discipline
Mon, 29/12/08 – 0:10 | One Comment

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 …

Chaos Theory: The Search for Personal Balance Amidst Parenthood
Sat, 27/12/08 – 23:45 | 3 Comments

By Lu Hanessian, author of Let the Baby Drive and member of API’s Board of Directors
**Originally published in the Winter 2006-07 Balance issue of The Journal of API
A while back, I hosted a travel show …

Striving for Balance in Family Life
Sat, 27/12/08 – 23:25 | One Comment

By Tamara Parnay
**Originally published in the Winter 2006-07 Balance issue of The Journal of API
Many attachment parents say that the API Principle, Striving for Personal and Family Balance, is the cornerstone of Attachment Parenting (AP). …

Being There for Our Children and Others Through Empathic Parenting
Sat, 27/12/08 – 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
Sat, 27/12/08 – 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 …

Dear New Moms
Sat, 27/12/08 – 19:18 | One Comment

By Pam Stone, co-leader of API of Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Welcome to Motherhood!
Many times people will tell you to enjoy these …

Decoding Tantrums
Sat, 27/12/08 – 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 …

AP from a Preemie Mom’s Perspective
Sat, 27/12/08 – 18:25 | 6 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
It was a big day for me, my husband, and my …

Traci’s Story: Developing an Appreciation for Bottle-feeding
Sat, 27/12/08 – 17:36 | No Comment

By Traci Singree, leader of API of Stark County, Ohio
**Originally published in the Spring 2007 annual New Baby issue of The Journal of API
Before my children, I was career driven, working in retail management, which …

The Right Stuff: How AP Changed One Father’s Priorities
Wed, 24/12/08 – 12:00 | No Comment

By Greg Stone
**Originally published in the Summer 2007 Secondary Attachments issue of The Journal of API
How nice it would be if we didn’t need jobs! Every morning we would wake up saying, “What should we …

The Secondary Attachment: A Look at Bowlby’s Theory
Wed, 24/12/08 – 3:06 | 3 Comments

By Sir Richard Bowlby, Bt, member of API’s Advisory Council
**Originally published in the Summer 2007 Secondary Attachments issue of The Journal of API
I remember my father saying to me in 1968, “You know this business …