Rita Brhel

How an insecure childhood attachment affects a marriage…and what you can do about that

February 7, 2017

This summer, my husband and I will celebrate 15 years together. It has been a wild, sweet, frustrating at times, unforgettable ride through the years. I thought it would’ve grown easier over time. In some ways, it has. In other ways, it hasn’t. I’m learning that is exactly how marriage is. It’s a relationship, and […]

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Children communicate their needs through behavior…what is your child communicating?

January 30, 2017
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Attachment matters, but how exactly?

January 23, 2017

Attachment parenting is often — to those unfamiliar with the term — viewed as simply a fad, but in truth, every parent is involved in a form of parenting that is associated with attachment, whether healthy or not. Read more about how insecure attachment affects us from childhood through adulthood, and how it may be […]

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10 quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., for peaceful parenting homes

January 16, 2017

Today we remember Martin Luther King, Jr., the American minister-turned-civil rights activist whose legacy stretches even into the realms of parenting — if you consider that many of his quotes centered on peace and harmony can be aptly applied to homes that strive to raise their children with peace, warmth, trust, and nonviolence. Here are […]

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Nurturing parenting is an essential basic need of all children

December 22, 2016

“There is a sensible way of treating children. … Never hug and kiss them, never let them sit in your lap. If you must, kiss them once on the forehead when they say good night. Shake hands with them in the morning. Give them a pat on the head if they have made an extraordinarily […]

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How little we really know about the topic of shame

December 19, 2016

Working on the “Parenting Without Shame” issue of Attached Family was unlike any that have come before. I didn’t realize, when I began, of how little I knew about shame as a topic. “Shame” is a term used often in parenting and parent education circles, but do we really know what shame is? So much […]

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Is it possible to parent without shame?

December 12, 2016

“Parenting without shame” is a hot topic on search engines. Google pulled up more than 5 pages for me of links with this search term. It seems that many parents are looking for ways to raise their children without shame. But is this possible? Shame is among the myriad normal emotions felt by humans in […]

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10 tips on gratitude

November 24, 2016

Every year, the Thanksgiving holiday gives us an opportunity to remember to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. API encourages you to make thanksgiving a daily practice. Learning to be grateful for even the most simple things in our lives can change us profoundly, creating overflowing capacity for joy and peace in both […]

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