Presence

Parental presence: A compromised human right

April 15, 2016

A little more than half of all babies in the United States — 53% — are born into families that income-qualify for WIC, a federal supplemental nutrition program that serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and their children from birth to age 5 in the United States. Think about that for a second: Half […]

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Editor’s pick: 6 evolved needs for healthy human development

April 8, 2016

“…we have forgotten that we are social mammals with specific evolved needs from birth.” ~ Darcia Narvaez, PhD, Notre Dame Psychologist, member of Attachment Parenting International‘s Board of Directors The Attachment Parenting approach can be regarded as parenting guided by nature’s lead — being attuned to our own feelings and instincts as well as our […]

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5 tips for mindfully coping with chronic illness — for your child and you

March 29, 2016

The practice of mindfulness can be tremendously helpful under all kinds of life circumstances. Today, I want to chat about how mindfulness can help your child — and your whole family! — deal with chronic illness. After years of guiding, counseling and working with hundreds of families, blending more traditional psychotherapy approaches with mindfulness and […]

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Editor’s pick: Mindfulness in school and home

March 18, 2016

A huge part of Attachment Parenting (AP) is learning, and teaching our children, how to be mindful — that ability to calm our minds, connect with our emotions in the moment, work through any conflicting feelings, and respond to others in truth and compassion. This week, I have two features for my Editor’s Pick. The […]

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Being present for another

January 28, 2016

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 26, 2008, and it continues to inspire parents to give presence to their children. I find the whole concept of “being present” for another person so relevant to our world. How many of us have not really been given sufficient presence by our parents while we […]

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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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8 ideas to holiday gift-giving to cultivate more connection

December 21, 2015

The holiday season is upon us. As chilly winds begin to blow and the days become short and gray, we are given the opportunity to draw our loved ones near and celebrate what brings warmth, light and love into our lives in the face of cold and darkness. We return to family traditions, created and […]

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The simple attitude of gratitude

November 23, 2015

As parents, one of the most profound messages we can convey to our kids is a deep sense of gratitude. Their world is one full of abundance of materialistic possessions and choices. Many homes have countless toys, ice cream flavors, clothes and TV shows to choose from. One may think that the many choices would […]

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