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An Adopted Daughter Reflects on Her Birth Mother’s Decision

September 20, 2014

By Juliette Oase, retired API Leader from Portland, Oregon, USA My adoptive dad spent years regretting that they had me call them “Mom” and “Dad.” He always said they should have just stayed “Uncle” and “Aunt.” He felt it would have made it easier. I recently explained to my dad that I feel that was […]

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No Quick Fix

September 16, 2014

By Barbara Nicholson, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and coauthor of Attached at the Heart If there was ever a true maxim in parenting, this is one to remember: There is no such thing as a quick fix! Now, that may sound sad or daunting to parents who want some simple tools to raise their […]

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An Adoptive Father’s Epiphany

September 14, 2014

Editor’s note: Today’s post is by John Brooks of Marin County, California, USA, author of The Girl Behind the Door, a memoir of his parenting journey with an adopted daughter whose attachment wounds went unnoticed by the professional community until it was too late. Prior to his daughter’s death, John was a senior financial executive […]

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Using NVC in the Family

September 9, 2014

By Barbara Nicholson, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International (API) and coauthor of Attached at the Heart Over the last several years, I have been reading Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s classic book, Nonviolent Communication, and sharing some of his pearls of wisdom with my adult sons. Oh, how I wish I had this book when they were […]

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Hold on to Your Kids

August 26, 2014

By Lysa Parker, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and coauthor of Attached at the Heart For me, Attachment Parenting (AP) has been like a life preserver in a cultural sea that is constantly in turbulence and posing many dangers. While AP provides us with tools for holding on to your kids, once they enter the […]

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API Reads: Parenting from the Inside Out starting this month

August 12, 2014

The API Reads program is winding down a discussion of Attached at the Heart (2nd edition) by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker. Join in on the last of the topics being discussed online at GoodReads: Principle 8: Strive for Balance in Your Personal and Family Life – Peace Within Creates Peace at Home Chapter 10: […]

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World Breastfeeding Week 2014: Parent Support Deserts in the USA

August 7, 2014

By Rita Brhel, Editor of Attached Family magazine, API’s Publications Coordinator What this year’s celebration of World Breastfeeding Week is really about—more than updating the status on breastfeeding acceptance or increasing understanding for mothers who are unable to breastfeed—is advocacy for parent support. While the primary goal of Attachment Parenting International (API) is to raise […]

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World Breastfeeding Week 2014: Learning to Listen

August 6, 2014

By Sara Jones Rust My husband gently bounced our wailing 3-week-old son while pacing around our apartment. I quickly finished toweling off, ran a comb through my wet hair and threw on a comfy pair of post-baby pants and a T-shirt. Luckily I had the forethought to brush my teeth while in the shower, a […]

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