Your words can change the world: API needs your help!

We all know the immense value of words in our homes, with our children and partners. Our words have the power to uplift others, to strengthen our bonds with our children and spouses, to repair a connection that needs a little boost after a conflict. Your words also have the power to help change the world — through Attachment Parenting International (API). “If people would follow the philosophy of attachment parenting as advocated by API, Read More …

Attachment matters, but how exactly?

Attachment parenting is often — to those unfamiliar with the term — viewed as simply a fad, but in truth, every parent is involved in a form of parenting that is associated with attachment, whether healthy or not. Read more about how insecure attachment affects us from childhood through adulthood, and how it may be affecting your relationships today, and what to do about that — both for yourself and for your children — in Read More …

Editor’s pick: Top 10 of 2016

2016 has been a fulfilling year for Attachment Parenting International (API). Although the very best parent support is found in local API Support Groups, our evidence-informed magazine articles, blog posts, teleseminars, ebooks, and other resources also provide regular pulses of support to millions of families worldwide seeking information on raising their children with strong attachments. Of all the posts published by API this year, here are the top 10 of 2016: “Reading between the lines, Read More …

Attachment matters

Ideally, all children would be able to experience a secure attachment with every meaningful adult in his life. Attachment Matters, the latest ebook from Attachment Parenting International (API), was written specifically to help you — the parent — share the importance of Attachment Parenting to other meaningful adults in your child’s life. Attachment Matters is now available with your donation of $25 or more to API. Learn more about secure and insecure attachment, read touching Read More …

How little we really know about the topic of shame

Working on the “Parenting Without Shame” issue of Attached Family was unlike any that have come before. I didn’t realize, when I began, of how little I knew about shame as a topic. “Shame” is a term used often in parenting and parent education circles, but do we really know what shame is? So much of putting this issue together came down to doing the research — and soul-searching — to really understand the differences Read More …

Is it possible to parent without shame?

“Parenting without shame” is a hot topic on search engines. Google pulled up more than 5 pages for me of links with this search term. It seems that many parents are looking for ways to raise their children without shame. But is this possible? Shame is among the myriad normal emotions felt by humans in certain social situations. It is borne of a feeling that one has violated the standards of their social group. With Read More …

Attached Family: Parenting without shame

Attachment Parenting International (API) is pleased to announce the release of the latest issue of Attached Family: “Parenting Without Shame.” In this issue of Attached Family, API examines shame versus guilt and how shame contributes to emotional trauma. API looks at the intersection of parenting and shame, keeping in mind that shame is a normal emotional response to certain social situations, but like anger or disappointment, when unresolved, shame can lead to lifelong difficulties. Inside Read More …

Parenting for peace

“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 when we don’t hear of a tragedy somewhere on the globe — an act of violence, a casualty of war, Read More …