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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.

The Changing Role of the New Father
Sat, 8/11/08 – 14:38 | 2 Comments

By Nancy Da Silva
Years ago, a new father had little to do with parenting. The traditional view has him in the waiting room, passing out cigars, and then going off to work to earn money …

Baby Sign Language as an Attachment Tool
Sat, 8/11/08 – 14:37 | No Comment

By Linda Acredo, PhD, and Susan Goodwyn, PhD, co-founders of the Baby Signs® Program
Lisa Smith, a young mother of two little girls, was at her wits end, and very worried. She knew enough about child …

The Age of Gentle Discipline
Sat, 8/11/08 – 14:30 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Ensuring safe sleep and striving for balance are among the trickiest of Attachment Parenting International’s Eight Principles of Parenting to follow, but probably the most …

The Long-Term Effects of Bullying on the Victim, the Bully, and the Bystander
Sat, 8/11/08 – 14:29 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Even as late as a generation ago, teasing was considered almost a rite of passage for school-age children. It was seen as the natural establishment …

Extracurricular Activities Should Be Fun, Not Work
Sat, 8/11/08 – 9:43 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Kids today are busier than any generation before.
School-aged children and teens have ample opportunities to fill their free time with extracurricular activities, and many parents …

AP and the Growing Child
Sat, 8/11/08 – 9:43 | One Comment

By Susan Esserman-Schack, Leader of API of Bergen County, NJ
I have a new baby in my family – he is now 17 months old. My last baby was born 10 years earlier. The one before …

Tips for New Fathers in Bonding with Their Newborns
Sat, 8/11/08 – 0:28 | No Comment

By Nancy Da Silva
The most important thing for new dads to remember is that they are not competing with moms for baby time or for the baby’s favor.
While bonding will happen more quickly between mothers …

Medical Reasons for Fear of the Dark
Fri, 7/11/08 – 19:51 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Being scared of the dark is a widespread nighttime issue for young children, and in the great majority of the time, the root of this …

When It’s OK to Induce Labor, and When It’s Not
Sun, 26/10/08 – 0:17 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
One in five pregnant women will have her labor induced, for varying reasons. Some of these reasons are valid; others are not. Catherine Beier of …

Long-Distance Grandparenting
Sun, 26/10/08 – 0:06 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
For many people, grandparenting comes as easy as the love they felt for their own children.
But not all grandparents live close enough to visit their …

AP Teaches Assertiveness
Sat, 25/10/08 – 23:59 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Most parents who practice Attachment Parenting (AP) aren’t concerned about their children becoming bullies. After all, the goal of AP is to teach children empathy, …

Gently Persuading the Picky Toddler to Eat
Sat, 25/10/08 – 23:35 | 2 Comments

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
It can be shocking to parents when their voracious eater suddenly begins refusing food when he enters the toddler years. Sometimes, he even skips a …

Morning Sickness as an Attachment Education for Baby’s Father
Sat, 25/10/08 – 23:21 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Pregnant women know better than anyone how connected they can feel to the new, little life growing inside them - even if the baby is so …

Frugal Family Finances 101
Sat, 25/10/08 – 23:06 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, editor of The Attached Family
The current economic climate in the U.S. is putting a lot of people on edge about where their financial futures may lie. Some people are struggling to keep …

Focus on the Simple Moments
Sat, 25/10/08 – 17:22 | No Comment

By Nikki Schaefer, staff writer for The Attached Family
On a rainy day, I took my three-year-old son to the restaurant with the golden arches, thinking that he would love to go down the big slides. …

Discouraging School-Age Children and Teens from Junk Food
Sat, 25/10/08 – 16:42 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Sadly, the challenge of encouraging your child to eat nutritiously doesn’t get any easier as he grows. As they become more independent thinkers, school-aged children …

Go Green with Holistic Parenting
Tue, 21/10/08 – 15:05 | One Comment

By Nancy Massotto, PhD, executive director of Holistic Moms Network
Everywhere you look, there is a growing interest in eco-conscious choices, natural solutions, and organic products.
While these trends are significant in the marketplace, they are also …

Beyond Babies…Promoting Attachment Through Feeding of Older Children
Tue, 21/10/08 – 14:59 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Attachment Parenting International’s Eight Principles of Parenting calls parents to feed their children with love and respect. With infants, this easily translates into breastfeeding or …

Eating With Morning Sickness
Tue, 21/10/08 – 14:47 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Of all the changes that take place in a woman’s body during pregnancy, the most uncomfortable for an estimated 70 percent of women - as reported …

Stay-at-Home Parenting Not Just for Moms
Tue, 21/10/08 – 14:43 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
Perhaps you and your spouse have decided that stay-at-home parenting is valuable for your family, and you’re trying to decide who, between you, is the …

The Rising Rate of Cesarean Sections in the U.S.
Tue, 21/10/08 – 14:24 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
One in three women (31.8%) in America is now giving birth to their children via a Cesarean section. The highest rate in history for this nation, …