Presence

The terrible, wonderful summer vacation

June 1, 2015

In a way, summer vacation reminds me of giving birth. When it’s over, we forget the difficult parts and look forward to the next one. The next time we take a family vacation, hoping our children will get along during a long car ride, or walk quietly beside us on a family outing, we can […]

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Screentime can be family time

May 29, 2015

The issue of screentime is one that has come up in my group, API of Knoxville, from time to time. We have splits on the issue among parents who attend the group and even within our leadership team: There are Attachment Parenting (AP) families that don’t believe in limiting access to technology like cellphones, tablets, […]

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The marvel of motherhood

May 26, 2015

The Friday just before Mother’s Day, I was going about my daily business and realized I hadn’t looked at my phone for awhile. As I went to grab it, I saw a screen filled with missed calls and text messages. I scanned it for any pertinent information, and my heart dropped as I saw the […]

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Would you like some pictionary with your soup?

May 21, 2015

Editor’s note: This post was published originally on Oct. 25, 2008, and it continues to give timeless inspiration to parents seeking connection at meal time: All this talk about presence has made me re-examine some of the good, and bad, habits my family has fallen into. When I was a new mom, and therefore full […]

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The mother’s ‘guilt cyst’

May 19, 2015

I suspect that for nearly all women, soon after our first-born makes the exit out of our bodies and into the world, a “guilt cyst” begins to grow inside us — metaphorically speaking, that is. When my first child was born, I quit my job and became a stay-at-home mom. That decision came as a […]

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It’s alright that you need me

May 18, 2015

My child, I want to say this to you: It’s alright that you need me. Needing is good. Needing is natural. When you cry for me, when you wrap your arms around me, when you sigh because you feel happy in my arms…you’re behaving just as you should. You are finding out where you fit […]

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Babies becoming big kids

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. Last week, […]

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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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