Rita Brhel

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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Have guilt? Find your parenting anchor point

November 4, 2016

Guilt seems to be inherent in parenting. It doesn’t really matter how you parent, it’s so tempting to compare ourselves to others and how they are relating to and raising up their children. As a working mother in a conservative area, I feel this tug of parenting guilt from time to time. A common scenario […]

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How different the world could be

October 21, 2016

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on 12/4/2015. As we continue to celebrate AP Month with this year’s theme, “Nurturing Peace: Parenting for World Harmony,” this article highlights the significance and magnitude of the choices we hold as parents — in the face of darkness, we can choose light and peace for our children […]

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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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