Rita Brhel

Editor’s pick: Mindfulness in school and home

March 18, 2016

A huge part of Attachment Parenting (AP) is learning, and teaching our children, how to be mindful — that ability to calm our minds, connect with our emotions in the moment, work through any conflicting feelings, and respond to others in truth and compassion. This week, I have two features for my Editor’s Pick. The […]

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Editor’s pick: A kindness movement inspired by a potato

March 4, 2016

Looking back on the last decade since becoming a parent, I can see how Attachment Parenting International (API) values — trust, empathy, kindness, joy, compassion, peace — have shaped both my personal life and my professional career. The choices I make have stemmed from these values. Once my first baby was born, I chose to […]

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Editor’s pick: A moment of silence for the “mother” of doula work

February 26, 2016

I hired a doula for my third child’s birth. After an early preterm birth with my first and a medically necessary Cesarean with my second, my third baby was on track to be my first, and only, normal childbirth experience. I was pulling out all the stops, too — aiming for an unmedicated labor and […]

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Editor’s pick: Breastfeeding in jail

February 19, 2016

I took a breastfeeding support call a few years ago from a woman who was spending a week in a county jail but wasn’t being allowed to use her breast pump. The situation didn’t end well. The jail never budged on its policies, and the woman lost her milk supply, but not before dealing with […]

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We are in the love business

February 13, 2016

Valentine’s Day has traditionally been a holiday for couples, an observance set aside for parents to give each other a special token of their love. Bouquets of flowers, boxes of chocolate, candy hearts and cards with arrow-wielding cupids come to mind. What doesn’t readily come to mind, but perhaps should, are neurons deep within the […]

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Editor’s pick: The 4 parenting styles — and where Attachment Parenting fits in

February 9, 2016

This week’s pick is an infographic from Mom Junction. Sometimes parents will refer to Attachment Parenting as a parenting “style.” To be accurate, though, Attachment Parenting International refers to Attachment Parenting as a parenting approach. You may be wondering what the difference is. It comes down to the scientific definition. Researchers identify 4 parenting styles […]

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Editor’s pick: To promote breastfeeding is to promote Attachment Parenting

February 2, 2016

This week’s article is a new breastfeeding report published Jan. 28 in The Lancet. This medical journal feature has already received a lot of attention in the media, and rightfully so. According to the report, universal breastfeeding has the potential to save the lives of 823,000 children and 20,000 mothers each year through fewer infections, […]

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Editor’s pick: The heart of Baby Courts is attachment

January 21, 2016

Beginning this week, Attachment Parenting International (API) will be publishing weekly Editor’s Pick posts — through which we’ll be highlighting an article or blog post that takes a look at attachment science as it increasingly becomes commonplace in our society. This week’s article, “Judges Are Using Brain Science to Help Babies Caught in the Court […]

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