Navigating sibling squabbles

Arguments between siblings are inevitable. The question many parents face, is how to best handle the situation? I’m sharing one recent instance that unfolded in my own house in hopes of helping some of you in search of that very answer — also to show you that it can be done in a way that respects both parties and sets a foundation for growth in all involved: Last night, we had our most violent sibling-on-sibling Read More …

What is peace to children?

API hopes you have found AP Month 2016 to be enlightening and inspirational as we explored this year’s theme, “Nurturing Peace: Parenting for World Harmony.” On this last day of AP Month 2016, we bring you insight to what our children are internalizing as to what peace is: Emily, 8: “Calmness.” Noemi, 8: “Peace means that everything is relaxing and calm.” Emily, 10: “Quiet and relaxed.” Violet, 10: “When people are calm, kind, peaceful, and Read More …

Nurturing children for a compassionate world

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Stay patient while teaching toddlers how to handle strong emotions

Over the past few months, my 3-year-old son has been going through a phase of hitting his brother and sister when he’s angry. I’ve been working a lot with him, telling him that his angry feelings are okay but that hitting isn’t, and trying to find better ways for him to express that anger. But still, every time he was provoked by his brother or had a toy stolen by his sister, he was quick Read More …

How else does Attachment Parenting look like in your home?

Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) advocates for a parenting approach rooted solidly in research, and continuing research further validates and builds upon API’s foundation. In June, you were asked to help tell your story through a survey created by Southern Methodist University (SMU) researchers in collaboration with API. We are thrilled to report that more than 1,200 parents participated in this first-ever survey on what Attachment Parenting (AP) actually looks like in the home! Read More …

What does your family’s attachment look like?

Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) advocates for a parenting approach rooted solidly in research, and continuing research further validates and builds upon API’s foundation. Please complete a brief, anonymous survey (access using your API Forum login) regarding your experiences with family members and relationships. It is hoped that the information gathered will help move the psychological research and therapeutic community forward regarding the complex needs of today’s families. The survey should take no more Read More …