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Fall party

September 24, 2015

I live in the Upper Midwest, specifically in Nebraska, USA, where we have 4 distinct seasons every year: a bitter winter, a stormy spring, a hot and humid summer, and a gently cooling fall. Our routines change with the seasons: We spend almost all of our time outdoors on our farm in the warm months, […]

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Give your child what school cannot — rest for the brain — and free them to grow into their own

August 28, 2015

Becoming mature is not inevitable. Not all children enter the adult world able to hold on to themselves while, at the same time, mix with others. For some adults, the ability to respect the boundaries and values of others, and still keep their own, is not an easy to do. For these adults, having their […]

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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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