Presence

Inviting them in…

December 18, 2014

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on October 6, 2008, but it’s a great reminder that one way to connect with our children is to let them into our grownup world. Sometimes being present in your child’s life has more to do with inviting them into your life, rather than joining them in theirs. […]

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Hygge

December 12, 2014

What an exciting time of the year! The days are getting shorter, and the wish lists are getting longer. My evening walks have been so pleasant as neighbors are putting up twinkling lights that add such cheer to an otherwise gloomy night. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want my children’s experience to […]

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Our lasting presents as parents

November 25, 2014

By Barbara Nicholson, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International (API) and coauthor of Attached at the Heart with Lysa Parker My mom has a compression fracture in her spine and will spend Thanksgiving and maybe Christmas in rehab. At 95 years young, she has been in remarkable health for most of her life, so seeing her […]

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Whose kid was that?

November 5, 2014

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Sept. 16, 2008, but serves as a great reminder for any parent who’s been faced with a tantrumming child in public. “I’m a parent educator. I’m a mom of four. I am an advocate for all things Attachment Parenting. I should be able to handle this. So, […]

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There is no night and day

October 18, 2014

Attachment Parenting International is 20 years old. Twenty years of promoting connection and spreading reassuring support to parents across the globe! When I first became a mother, I followed every instinct to connect with and nurture my baby. I held her, I nursed her, I gazed into her eyes…regardless of the time of day. Strangely […]

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Impact of praise, an inside view

October 13, 2014

I’ve been on board with limiting praise for my kids ever since reading Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn. I understood the negative impacts of praise in theory, I learned how to limit praise in parenting and I was happy with my decision. But I didn’t understand the internal impact of praise until recently. The Back […]

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Mindful Parenting

September 15, 2014

The Chinese idiogram for “mindfulness” pictured here is made up of two different elements: the top part meaning “presence” over the bottom part meaning “heart.” This makes  for a wonderful translation of the word, “mindfulness,” into “presence of heart.” I chose this translation as this introduction to mindful parenting, because I feel it is a […]

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Holding Space for Letdown

September 8, 2014

“All I want for my birthday is to go away with Daddy.” It was months before my daughter’s sixth birthday. Although she had been on many vacations, she never traveled with her dad. My happiness at his agreement to take her away shifted into heartbreak when he decided to plan a trip without her. My only solace in his decision was […]

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