Going back to work, but not the way I expected

Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) recognizes the amazing creativity of parents to balance their children’s attachment needs with their financial needs and/or career in order to provide consistent, loving care especially in the first few months postpartum but also throughout the early childhood years when parental presence is most critical to establishing a secure attachment relationship. This year’s Attachment Parenting Month focuses on the theme: “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.” We thank API Read More …

Daily Tip: Family is everything

“Family is not an important thing; it’s everything.” ~ Michael J. Fox   Sara Kuc and family Send us a photo of how you are celebrating this year’s AP Month theme: “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.” Read here for complete guidelines. Attachment Parenting International thanks Lamaze International, DONA, Dr. Peter Haiman, Linda Folden Palmer, DC and Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper for being our AP Month 2015 Sponsors!

Daily Tip: Respect is important, no matter the age

A baby who is cuddled and tickled respectfully will enjoy and respectfully play with others.   Submitted by Debbie Vinall Send us a photo of how you are celebrating this year’s AP Month theme: “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.” Read here for complete guidelines. Attachment Parenting International thanks Lamaze International, DONA, Dr. Peter Haiman, Linda Folden Palmer, DC and Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper for being our AP Month 2015 Sponsors!

Daily Tip: What experiences are you sharing?

Babies lock their experiences into procedural memory vaults that will be inaccessible, but apparent in later behavior and attitudes.   Jim Parker, husband of cofounder Lysa Parker, and their grand-daughter Send us a photo of how you are celebrating this year’s AP Month theme: “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.” Read here for complete guidelines. Attachment Parenting International thanks Lamaze International, DONA, Dr. Peter Haiman, Linda Folden Palmer, DC and Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper for being Read More …

Daily Tip: Presence brings about independence

“If you do that every time he cries, he’ll never learn to be independent,” she said over her shoulder. I wish I would run into her again so I could show her my independent, friendly, confident little boy and tell her, “See this? It’s because I’ve always been there for him.” Read the full story on APtly Said.   Submitted by Stephanie Brown Send us a photo of how you are celebrating this year’s AP Read More …

Daily Tip: What deposits are you making?

“Each day of our lives, we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll   Submitted by Kristen Brundige Send us a photo of how you are celebrating this year’s AP Month theme: “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.” Read here for complete guidelines. Attachment Parenting International thanks Lamaze International, DONA, Dr. Peter Haiman, Linda Folden Palmer, DC and Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper for being our AP Month 2015 Sponsors!

Daily Tip: What seeds are you planting?

Research in human development clearly shows that the seeds of empathy, caring and compassion are present from early in life, but that to become caring, ethical people, children need adults to help them at every stage of childhood to nurture these seeds into full development. From Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Project   API Leader Alissa Tschetter-Siedschlaw Send us a photo of how you are celebrating this year’s AP Month theme: “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Read More …

Parental presence isn’t a privilege — it’s a necessity

On occasion, we see a post circulating the Web about the cash-value of stay-at-home parents if they were paid the going rate for their hours “on the clock” and for the multiple, often-simultaneous roles they play, from “facilities manager” and “counselor” to “janitor” and “teacher.” According to one such post at Salary.com, the average stay-at-home parent is worth an annual salary of nearly $113,000. These types of analyses are meant to raise awareness of all Read More …