Rita Brhel

The sweetness of Attachment Parenting

January 11, 2018

Have you ever tried to explain to someone what attachment parenting is? Parenting is very personal, and it’s not so easy to describe any approach to raising children given the amount of emotional baggage, future hopes, joys, and trials there are wrapped up in that one word, “parenting.” But as I was contemplating today about […]

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AP Research: Nurturing touch changes DNA, Spanking doesn’t work, and more

January 5, 2018

It’s exciting to see how much research is constantly being churned out that shows just how beneficial Attachment Parenting is to healthy infant and child development! Check out these recent studies that support API’s Eight Principles of Parenting: Knowing how our eating habits while pregnant may affect the health of our child is Preparing for […]

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Cuddling therapy, anyone?

May 17, 2017

Babies are born with needs for physical contact, affection, security, stimulation, and movement — urgent and intense — and yet, depend completely on others to meet them. Nurturing touch is a way to meet all of these needs at once. Mothers and fathers are encouraged to provide ample nurturing touch from birth on to promote […]

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Why it matters how we are born

May 8, 2017

“The beginning of life is a very normal and natural, yet specific, event.” ~ Bettina Breunig, TEDx Talk Much of Western society chooses to view childbirth differences as merely a matter of personal choice. Rather, Attachment Parenting International (API) encourages us to recognize this important beginning in both our child’s life and our relationship with our […]

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Core beliefs and parenting

April 30, 2017

Editor’s note: Today, April 30, is SpankOut Day — an annual observance founded by the Center for Effective Discipline, working to eliminate physical punishment of children and to promote nonviolent discipline. This can be a different change in perspective for parents accustomed to spanking their children. It can be tempting to shift from hitting to […]

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Get outside and get into nature

April 21, 2017

Tomorrow, April 22, we celebrate Earth Day. As you renew your commitment to care for our planet, keep in mind that the absolutely greatest contribution we can make toward Earth’s stewardship is to raise children who care. Children raised in a caring family environments have greater capacity for empathy not only toward themselves and others […]

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The power of nurturing touch on child behavior

April 12, 2017

When we think of providing nurturing touch, what most often comes to mind may be skin-to-skin with our newborn, babywearing, or infant massage. Nurturing touch continues to be a critical need for children (and adults!) of all ages. We just have to be more intentional to make time for cuddles, hand-holding, hugs, massage, and other forms of […]

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Understanding sensory processing difficulties in our children

April 7, 2017

Many families discover Attachment Parenting in their quest for how to raise their “spirited” children. All children, evident from birth on, have their own unique temperament. For some children, their temperament traits may be challenging for their parents or teachers. Common among these possible traits are sensory processing difficulties. Children with difficulty in processing sensory […]

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