Presence

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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I am a present father

November 16, 2015

Attachment Parenting (AP) helps me every day to be a present father. I am the father of 2 little boys: Dante, almost 3, and Gael, a 6-month-old baby. Right after my first son was born, I discovered Attachment Parenting. It made so much sense to me that it inspired me to not only become an […]

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How do we define success in a career-driven society, once we become parents?

November 6, 2015

According to Oxford Dictionaries, “success” is defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” Synonyms include: “favorable outcome” and “triumph.” The antonym is “failure.” Success looks different for each person — just as every person on this planet is unique in their likes and dislikes, what they find uplifting or oppressive. To be more […]

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How API supports parents with — and without — access to parental leave

November 3, 2015

Editor’s note: Thank you for helping Attachment Parenting International (API) observe Attachment Parenting Month 2015 in October as we explored the theme, “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.” API Leader and API’s KnowledgeBase Coordinator Artimesia Yuen has compiled a research paper to help you continue discussions in your families and communities on the importance of […]

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