Principles

Stay patient while teaching toddlers how to handle strong emotions

February 8, 2016

Over the past few months, my 3-year-old son has been going through a phase of hitting his brother and sister when he’s angry. I’ve been working a lot with him, telling him that his angry feelings are okay but that hitting isn’t, and trying to find better ways for him to express that anger. But […]

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Editor’s pick: To promote breastfeeding is to promote Attachment Parenting

February 2, 2016

This week’s article is a new breastfeeding report published Jan. 28 in The Lancet. This medical journal feature has already received a lot of attention in the media, and rightfully so. According to the report, universal breastfeeding has the potential to save the lives of 823,000 children and 20,000 mothers each year through fewer infections, […]

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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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Editor’s pick: The heart of Baby Courts is attachment

January 21, 2016

Beginning this week, Attachment Parenting International (API) will be publishing weekly Editor’s Pick posts — through which we’ll be highlighting an article or blog post that takes a look at attachment science as it increasingly becomes commonplace in our society. This week’s article, “Judges Are Using Brain Science to Help Babies Caught in the Court […]

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Our kids in the midst of parents’ hostile conflicts

January 19, 2016

We often refer to kids as “sponges” due to their astonishing ability to absorb so much of the information around them. We are often amazed at their capacity to learn ever so quickly and soak up the world around them and expand from all that they see, hear and experience. I’ve seen it with my […]

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My dark first weeks of motherhood

January 18, 2016

I can hardly believe I survived all the chaos of early new motherhood. At the beginning, I didn’t think I would — at least not with my sanity intact. For nine months, I mentally prepared to share my life unconditionally with a new being. I also did my best to get ready for one of […]

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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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Building a castle with my 5 year old

January 4, 2016

I’ve always let my children try to do a lot of things on their own, but lately I’ve been making more of an effort to allow my 5-year-old son more autonomy in what he’s doing. It’s sometimes hard to back off and let him make more decisions for himself, but I’m finding it’s worth it. […]

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