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.

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 …

The Emotions of Pregnancy and New Motherhood
Tue, 26/02/13 – 5:08 | No Comment

By Joy Davy, MS, LCPC, NCC, licensed professional counselor specializing in perinatal mood disorders,
The joy of motherhood is the subject of much art and idealistic images. Our expectation that the arrival of a baby …

Prevent Your Child From Becoming a Bully
Tue, 19/02/13 – 4:01 | One Comment

By Sarah Fudin, social media and outreach coordinator for USC Rossier Online.
According to a recent infographic from USC Rossier Online, “School Bullying Outbreak,” one in four children are bullied every month and 160,000 students miss …

Balancing Attachment Parenting and Intimate Relationships
Tue, 12/02/13 – 4:00 | 6 Comments

By Kassandra Brown, parent coach,
Attachment Parenting International offers Eight Principles of Parenting. The eighth principle is about balance in personal and family life. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some ways …

The “Go Away, Persona” Mystery: Helping my Young Child Adjust to a Change of Caregivers
Wed, 30/01/13 – 5:27 | 5 Comments

By Tamara Brennan, Ph.D. , Executive Director of the Sexto Sol Center,
In the pine covered Sierra Madre Mountains of southern Mexico we are raising our young daughter on a small permaculture farm. We keep our door …

The Roots of Learning Self-Control
Thu, 24/01/13 – 5:14 | 2 Comments

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,

I was looking forward to a pleasant afternoon on the playground with my grandchildren, only to find all too soon I had …

Kids and Sex: Getting Comfortable with “The Talk”
Thu, 17/01/13 – 5:23 | 10 Comments

By Kelly Bartlett, author of Encouraging Words for Kids, certified positive discipline educator and Attachment Parenting International leader (API of Portland,Oregon USA), 
It’s never too early to begin talking with your kids about sex. In …

A Tantrum is a Choice
Mon, 14/01/13 – 4:25 | One Comment

By Naomi Aldort, author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,
A tantrum can vanish before it starts if we put the spotlight on it with validation and playfulness. Six-year-old Danny (names and scenarios are changed) …

The Latest Resources and Support from API
Sun, 6/01/13 – 5:39 | No Comment

Coming Soon to The Attached Family:
How Attachment Parenting may prevent bullying behavior in your child

December 2012 - API Links - Your monthly API e-newsletter
The December 2012 API Links edition links you to news on applying the API Principles to ourselves, …

The “Tree Daddy”: A Parenting Metaphor
Thu, 3/01/13 – 6:00 | One Comment

By Shoshana Hayman, director of Life Center, The Israel Center for Attachment Parenting,
The rain poured down relentlessly, with winds blowing so hard that trees were being pulled from their roots and blown over. My …