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Diaper nostalgia

July 20, 2015

I thought I kept my car clean and tidy…until my husband walked in the door, waved a diaper in the air and said, “Hey, look what I found in the trunk!” It was quite a surprise — with our kids being 10 and 7 years old, the diaper era is long gone for us. I […]

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What does your family’s attachment look like?

July 18, 2015

Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) advocates for a parenting approach rooted solidly in research, and continuing research further validates and builds upon API’s foundation. Please complete a brief, anonymous survey (access using your API Forum login) regarding your experiences with family members and relationships. It is hoped that the information gathered will help move […]

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All of this…is motherhood

July 13, 2015

Before my son arrived, I didn’t really understand or even think about what becoming a mother would mean. I wanted to be one, but I didn’t know that once my child was here, for me there would be no separation between the person I have always been and the one I became. The line between […]

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Bringing peace to sibling rivalry

July 5, 2015

Q: When my son hurts my daughter, I feel enraged, especially when he is grinning as though enjoying her pain. Still, I try to explain gently why he should not hurt his sister. Nothing helps. I would appreciate guidance on sibling rivalry. A: No matter how gently we tell a child not to hurt another, […]

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This Father’s Day: Dads, talk about being a father

June 21, 2015

Happy Father’s Day! Today we celebrate you, Dads, for your role and involvement in your children’s lives. This is your holiday, when you can truly relish in the profound impact you make in your child’s life. It is amazing the difference a father can make for a child: from the moment a baby is conceived, […]

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For Today, a poem for parents

June 8, 2015

If we are honest, it really isn’t possible to enjoy every moment of parenting. Another bad night’s sleep, a tantrum in the park, or frantically rushing between home and work is hardly the stuff family dreams are made of. It’s perfectly natural that we don’t — and can’t — spend every moment basking in how […]

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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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