Presence

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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Insight from the International Children’s Yoga Conference on mindfulness

April 20, 2015

Last month, I was invited as a guest speaker to the International Children’s Yoga Conference in the beautiful town of Heidelberg in Southern Germany. The main topic of this year’s conference was mindfulness, and my workshop focused on my mindfulness and yoga work with children dealing with chronic illness. Participants with all kinds of different […]

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Maintaining connection through long separations

April 10, 2015

Editor’s note: April is Month of the Military Child, an observance designed to increase support to children in military families. Attachment Parenting International‘s Sixth Principle of Parenting: Provide Consistent and Loving Care advocates for parents to provide abundant presence to their children and to carefully consider options of non-parental care. Because they experience frequent moves […]

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What presence means to me

March 26, 2015

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 24, 2008, but it echoes a sentiment many Attachment Parenting parents have heard from well-meaning friends, family members and even strangers to take some time away from our infants and toddlers, without realizing that ample presence with our children may be exactly what gives us balance. […]

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Using presence to raise independent children

March 19, 2015

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 22, 2008, but it carries a timeless message of the payoffs of giving presence to our children, allowing them to develop independence on their own developmental timeline. By Kayris Wall of The Great Walls of Baltimore and Mommy, What’s For Dinner? One day, when my son […]

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Compassion, balance and truth in parenting

March 13, 2015

Compassion. What does this word mean to you? I see compassion as being open to seeking the truth in any given moment. As a parent, I am constantly invited inward in order to seek my truth. Our children and partners have their own truths. It can be challenging when I am forced to find the […]

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Hay, that was fun!

March 11, 2015

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 21, 2008. As many of Attachment Parenting International’s families live in the Northern Hemisphere, spring is right around the corner and this post fits well with the season. We took the kids to the farm where our milk and beef comes from today. We got to […]

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Happy Birthday, my daughter!

March 9, 2015

My Shelly, So many thoughts and feelings have been circling my mind the past few weeks as you are reaching a new milestone: You will be turning 10 years old! As cliché as it may sound, it feels like just yesterday you merged into our life. When you arrived to this world, you were tiny […]

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