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For Today, a poem for parents

June 8, 2015

If we are honest, it really isn’t possible to enjoy every moment of parenting. Another bad night’s sleep, a tantrum in the park, or frantically rushing between home and work is hardly the stuff family dreams are made of. It’s perfectly natural that we don’t — and can’t — spend every moment basking in how […]

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Messy motherhood

May 11, 2015

Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) hopes every mom enjoyed her Mother’s Day on May 10 and every dad is looking forward to Father’s Day on June 21. This week, in honor of all mothers, API gives you a special “Inspired Mothers” celebration. We hope these posts inspire you in your parenting journey. Growing up, […]

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Finding balance through play

May 11, 2015

Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) hopes every mom enjoyed her Mother’s Day on May 10 and every dad is looking forward to Father’s Day on June 21. This week, in honor of all mothers, API gives you a special “Inspired Mothers” celebration. We hope these posts inspire you in your parenting journey. Earlier this […]

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Get inspired with this fun children’s mindfulness exercise

May 1, 2015

Editor’s note: Celebrate Screen-Free Week, May 4-10, by turning off your screens and helping your children to unplug from digital entertainment. APtly Said will be encouraging families to connect with one another by not posting next week. Whether or not you choose to participate in Screen-Free Week with your family — and whatever your approach […]

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Playing together

January 28, 2015

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on October 10, 2008, but its message about the importance of presence is as timely today as then. By Tara, Feels Like Home I have a secret. I am a mom’s group drop out. I researched for months and found a local playgroup so that my daughter and […]

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Simple living by living simply

January 12, 2015

Sometimes I feel that everywhere I turn there is something else that I as a parent or my child “needs.” But how often do we actually need that product? Likely, its almost never. As I navigate this world of parenting, I find myself actively trying to move away from the world of “stuff” and focus […]

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How children benefit from rough-and-tumble play

November 18, 2014

By Barbara Nicholson, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and coauthor of Attached at the Heart with Lysa Parker Play is a critical component of healthy, secure attachment. As our children grow, we parents need to ensure that they have plenty of opportunity for active, fun activity. Our culture is often criticized for too much structured […]

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Set Your Summer Intentions

June 21, 2014

As excited as I was for Cavanaugh to get out of school for summer, I was also a little worried that we could spend months inside hiding out from Texas, USA, heat and mosquitoes while playing LEGOs and Minecraft. We needed a to-do list of fun. Luckily, one of my organizing clients was working on […]

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