Rita Brhel

Peace in the home: A look at domestic violence and “normative” abuse

October 14, 2016

Peace is something I take very seriously, in my life and in my home. It is no afterthought here. It is intentional every moment of every day. I follow API’s Eight Principles of Parenting so closely, because they reflect my values so closely — the values I want to pass down to my children, the […]

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Babywearing and peace

October 8, 2016

API is excited to support International Babywearing Week 2016, Oct. 5-10. API provides a wide array of resources on babywearing — from benefits to how-to’s and safety. Babywearing — as well as carrying your baby — meets a baby’s needs for physical contact, affection, security, stimulation, and movement while on the go. Each of these […]

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Nurturing peace, in our parenting and for our world

October 7, 2016

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on 10/21/2015. As we celebrate AP Month 2016 with the theme, “Nurturing Peace: Parenting for World Harmony,” this article is a great reminder that a peaceful, attachment-promoting parenting approach promotes a peaceful cycle of living that spreads beyond the home and into the world. Is world peace possible? […]

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What is going on behind closed doors?

September 30, 2016

We, as a society, have to change the way we live. It’s just that simple, and just that hard. We are shocked nearly every day by news of another seemingly senseless, violent act. We have names for the big ones — Columbine, Sandy Hook, Omaha mall shooting, Dallas — helping us remember the victims and […]

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Families of 4th graders: An opportunity to get in a national park for free

September 23, 2016

As a birthday present, I took my 5-year-old son for a one-on-one date to the museum today. I surprised him with a 3D viewing of a film on the smallest creatures in the ocean. We were the only people in the giant-screen theater, surrounded by amazing views of sea snails and clams and zooplankton. The […]

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Parenting for peace

September 21, 2016

“But peace is about much more than putting weapons aside. It is about building a global society in which people live free from poverty and share the benefits of prosperity. It is about growing together and supporting each other as a universal family.” ~ Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General There seems to be barely a day […]

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Staying centered despite your child’s public meltdown

September 2, 2016

You can tell a lot about a person by their shopping cart — and also how they deal with their toddler’s tantrum in the middle of the store. Clean-up needed in Aisle 9 — 3 year old having a meltdown after being in the store for 2 hours while Mom is looking for gravy packets. […]

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A Post We Love! I breastfed my preschooler for (somewhat) selfish reasons

August 23, 2016

Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) is so grateful to the parents who share their experiences on this blog. Many of our writers have their own personal blogs where they share more about their unique brand of Attachment Parenting. We want to take the opportunity to highlight blog posts beyond API that capture the essence […]

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