Editor’s pick: Top 10 of 2015

by Rita Brhel on January 15, 2016

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2014-Annual-appeal-graphicLast year was a big year, editorially, for Attachment Parenting International (API). There were so many amazingly supportive and educational online magazine features and blog posts!

Of the hundreds of articles published by API last year, here is the content that makes it into the top 10 of 2015, based on consistency with API’s ethos and mission and originality in how the material is presented:

  1. Dynamic of disappearing dads answers the question of why some new fathers pull away when their baby is born, and what couples can do to prevent that.
  2. Historical trauma, breastfeeding and healing looks at relationship challenges among Native American parents in light of historical trauma and how breastfeeding can be the antidote.
  3. Creative learning gives ideas on how parents, and teachers, can build creativity into their homes or classrooms to enhance learning.
  4. Parenting without punishment in a punishing world explains how parents who use punishments with their children, but want to learn positive discipline, can overcome what may seem like a steep learning curve.
  5. Smartphones and parenting warns parents about how smartphones can hijack our attachment systems that are biologically meant for the parent-child relationship.
  6. Expecting your first baby? Talk about parenting now, before baby arrives emphasizes that the time to talk about parenting expectations is before baby is born.
  7. The Artist’s Way for parents gives ideas for parents to use creativity to unlock their problem-solving skills in order to better relate and guide their children.
  8. Talking to our children about world tragedies cautions parents about indiscriminately discussing harsh realities of our world, from disasters to violence to famine to disease, with our children.
  9. Motherhood is a gift compassionately explains Mother’s Day from both the adoptive mother’s perspective and that of the birth mother.
  10. Going back to work, but not the way I expected details the parenting and professional journey of a mother who chose parental presence over a quick return to work.

As a bonus, here are 5 more articles I feel deserve honorable mention:

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Rita Brhel (158 Posts)

Rita Brhel, BS, CLC, API Leader, is the Executive Editor for Attachment Parenting International. She lives with her husband and 3 children, ages 10, 8 and 5, near Hastings, NE, USA, where she works as a WIC Breastfeeding Counselor and a Domestic Violence Survivor Advocate. She also writes for various publications, including Mothering and La Leche League's New Beginnings.


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