Thu, 04/24/2014 – 1:01 | No Comment

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.

Summer Vacation: Freedom From or Freedom To?
Wed, 24/07/13 – 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
Thu, 18/07/13 – 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 …

Tue, 9/07/13 – 23:30 | 2 Comments

By Shari Adelson-Pollard
**Originally published in the Fall 2007 Special Needs issue of The Journal of API and published on in August  2009
When I was young, I would sometimes join in with other kids who …

The Opportunities of Summer Vacation
Wed, 3/07/13 – 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
Tue, 2/07/13 – 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 …

Join Us For API Reads: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family
Tue, 2/07/13 – 8:47 | No Comment

Our July/August online book discussion will be based on Renée Peterson Trudeau’s book Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life. 
To join the discussion, please click here …

Tomorrow is the Last Day He is Four
Tue, 25/06/13 – 3:23 | 3 Comments

By Emily Cherkin, originally published on, reprinted with permission from Ashoka.
This morning, it snowed in Seattle.  And it reminded me of the night Max was born, almost exactly five years ago, when it was …

Date Night: Why and How To Make It Happen
Thu, 13/06/13 – 13:40 | No Comment

By Judy Arnall, author of Discipline Without Distress and co-founder of Attachment Parenting Canada,  Her date night blog is at
In the movie Date Night, the characters played by Steve Carell and Tina Fey are …

Spotlight On: Spark of Amber
Fri, 7/06/13 – 3:25 | No Comment

API: Tell us about how your business began. What was the inspiration? What are your goals?

Julie Zorgo: Spark of Amber was founded in early 2013, after I was introduced to Baltic amber jewelry through a …

New Sibling, New Behavior! How To Respond When Children Act Out
Fri, 7/06/13 – 3:21 | 2 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words For Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting International Leader (API of Portland, Oregon, USA),
Having a new baby is an exciting time. Even the older siblings …

Join Us for API Reads
Thu, 6/06/13 – 4:09 | No Comment

We started reading Nurturing the Soul of Your Family for API’s online book club, API Reads, in July. We already started learning about shifting your perspective, about where disequilibrium comes from, challenging the beliefs of your family, how …

You Are a Good Parent
Tue, 21/05/13 – 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 …

A Breech Birth Story
Sun, 12/05/13 – 7:14 | 2 Comments

By Sarah Occident
Natural childbirth has always been fascinating to me. There is something so beautiful about bringing forth life the same way millions of women around the world have throughout the ages. So when we …

Moms and Dads – Share Your Birth Story
Tue, 7/05/13 – 8:28 | No Comment

We are excited to invite mothers and fathers to share your childbirth experiences. Sharing birth stories can empower parents to educate others, to break down barriers and help others become more accepting of experiences very different from their …

An Attached Education: Can Attachment Parenting Enhance Learning?
Tue, 7/05/13 – 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 …

Join Us for API Reads in May and June featuring “Attached at the Heart”
Thu, 2/05/13 – 3:49 | No Comment

It’s reading time again. Our choice for the months of May and June will be “Attached at the Heart” by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker. The topics we’ll be discussing are based on the Eight …

Instill Creative Discipline During Screen-Free Week
Sun, 28/04/13 – 14:49 | One Comment

By Stacy Jagger, MMFT, owner of Sunnybrook Counseling and Music with Mommie,
As a mother of two children and a newborn, I understand completely how media can become a crutch and a babysitter at times …

Feeding a Vegetarian with Love and Respect
Mon, 22/04/13 – 4:08 | 4 Comments

By Kathleen Mitchell-Askar, senior contributing editor to Attached Family magazine
When my friend, a mother of one, found out her nine-year-old daughter wanted to become a vegetarian, she didn’t know what to do. She and her …

6 Things To Do When Your Child Says “I Hate You!”
Thu, 18/04/13 – 12:11 | 6 Comments

By Bill Corbett, author of Love, Limits & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids, and member of the API Resource Advisory Committee,
We’re all trying to get more done in less time and …

My Child Doesn’t Want to Visit her Father
Wed, 10/04/13 – 4:31 | 3 Comments

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,
Q: I have recently gotten divorced. My daughter is three and initially enjoyed her time with her father, but since staying overnight she refuses to go. …

Peace at Home: Military Families Embrace Attachment Parenting
Fri, 5/04/13 – 1:36 | One Comment

By Kit Jenkins, babywearing educator for Babywearing International, communications coordinator for API and a co-founder of The Carrying On Project,
One of the best things about Attachment Parenting is the consistency in all of its …

Consistent and Loving Discipline
Tue, 19/03/13 – 3:00 | 3 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words For Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting International Leader (API of Portland, Oregon, USA),
In the Eight Principles of Parenting, Attachment Parenting International reminds us of …

Cultivating Attachment: Making It Easy For Your Kids to Talk to You
Wed, 13/03/13 – 11:56 | No Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
“Children should be seen and not heard” was a common attitude in generations past. Today we are more aware of the importance …

Attachment Parenting and the Adolescent Child
Tue, 5/03/13 – 10:00 | 7 Comments

By Chris Oldenburg, originally published on, reprinted with permission
Creating Bonds that Will Support Teenage Development
Many people who have heard of the term attachment parenting probably envision babies cozied against their mothers in wraps or …

Join Us for API Reads Featuring Dr. Laura Markham in March/April
Thu, 28/02/13 – 4:35 | No Comment

Come join API as we read Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Dr. Laura Markham through the end of April.
Here are some of the topics being discussed: Yelling; nurturing …