Parent Support

Why does Attachment Parenting need a label?

March 21, 2016

We are working toward a day when Attachment Parenting won’t need a label — it will just be parenting. But as of now, the parenting practices that are based on Attachment Theory, and the ever-growing body of research informed by it, are not well known by the general public. In addition, certain cultural forces are […]

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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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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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A reason why new parenthood can be hard for fathers, and couples — and what to do about it

January 6, 2016

A secure mother-infant bond is fundamental to a child’s well-being. Discoveries in the field of neurobiology confirm that a secure mother-infant bond depends on many factors: A natural birth Breastfeeding Near-constant physical contact through carrying infants in-arms or in slings Cosleeping The recognition that babies are social beings who thrive on loving connections. Of course […]

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Raising kids with grit…and an interview with Jane Stevens of ACEs Too High

December 22, 2015

Attachment Parenting International (API) is directly involved in building resilience in communities across the nation and around the world through its local API Support Groups and accredited API Leaders by supporting secure parent-child attachments. It cannot be emphasized enough how important secure attachments are. To be sure, resilience is something we all want for our […]

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Insightful parents may choose AP, but AP can also inspire parents to develop insight

December 14, 2015

After my post “To spank, or not to spank” was published on APtly Said, my friend Ingrid and I had a conversation about the challenges of raising kids and how difficult it is at times to discipline them in a positive way — moreover, how hard it is to keep our composure, especially when we […]

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Attachment grandparenting…what’s your role?

September 13, 2015

By Lysa Parker, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International (API) and coauthor of Attached at the Heart with Barbara Nicholson Editor’s note: Happy Grandparents Day! The grandparent-grandchild bond can be an important relationship in any child’s life, as a complement to a secure parent-child attachment. Today, API encourages grandparents to explore their influence in their grandchild’s […]

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He just wants to be held

August 22, 2015

By Julinda Adams I am the mother of two boys ages 15 and 9. Earlier this year, when I read the APtly Said post, “Using presence to raise independent children,” it reminded me of my own experience, and I left the following comment: “I, too, had a grocery store experience with a stranger’s advice, but […]

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