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

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 Parenting  Waiting to introduce solid foods until at least 6 months is Feeding with Love & Respect Responding with Sensitivity Read More …

What are API’s Eight Principles of Parenting all about?

Learn more about API’s Eight Principles of Parenting here.

An Open Letter to New Mamas

Dear New Mamas, With so much unsolicited parenting advice in our information era, I encourage you to raise a red flag to advice including any of the following 6 terms: ”Should” There is no “should” with babies especially regarding breastfeeding, safe cosleeping, and milestones. Ignore anyone telling you what your baby “should” or “should not” be doing, based on age of baby. The easiest way to avoid these types of conversations is to not discuss Read More …

Helping children process and heal from strong emotions

My daughter, who’s on the verge of turning 3, recently had a brief scary moment where she couldn’t find me at the playground. Though it was less than a minute before she spotted me again, for a child that young, that’s a long time and it can really leave an impression. As I scooped her up into my arms, she started to cry and said, “I was looking for you everywhere. I couldn’t find you!” Read More …

Cuddling therapy, anyone?

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 the healthiest child development. But what about newborns born premature or ill, who must remain in the hospital long-term? Some Read More …