Principles

At our cultural tipping point?

October 7, 2014

By Lysa Parker, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and coauthor of Attached at the Heart The magnitude of what we, as an organization, are trying to accomplish in this world is at times so overwhelming and seemingly impossible — but then I remind myself that if Attachment Parenting International (API) doesn’t do the work, then […]

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I loved bringing you into this world

October 6, 2014

About two months ago, we welcomed our second child (our first son!) into the world. With all the negative stories you hear about childbirth, I think it’s really important to tell people it’s not always like that: It doesn’t have to be a negative experience. I genuinely think both my birthing experiences have been really […]

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API post-conference: Who is Kate Frederick?

October 4, 2014

Kate Frederick. She wasn’t a speaker at Attachment Parenting International‘s 2014 conference. She wasn’t even in the audience. But her name is stuck in my head. As a bonus for early conference attendees, API hosted a showing of “The Milky Way” film on the evening before the weekend “Cherished Parents, Flourishing Children” conference at Notre […]

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Teens don’t rebel against parents

October 3, 2014

“I am now convinced that adolescents do not rebel against parents. They only rebel against certain destructive methods of discipline almost universally employed by parents. Turmoil and dissension in families can be the exception, not the rule, when parents learn to substitute a new method of resolving conflicts.” ~ Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon […]

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12 alternatives to spanking and timeout

October 2, 2014

By Ariadne Brill, Positive Parenting Connection Editor’s note: This post, which was referenced during the 2014 API Conference, was originally published as part of the 2013 AP Month. It carries an always-timely message for parents seeking alternatives to spanking, time-out and other punishment-based discipline techniques. Coverage of the conference continues all October during the 2014 […]

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2014 Conference: The Milky Way

September 27, 2014

This has been seven years in the making. I had seen “The Milky Way” film before during a local 2014 World Breastfeeding Week event. It was powerful then, and it was no less powerful this second time around, here in South Bend, Indiana, USA, at Notre Dame University at the 2014 Attachment Parenting International conference, […]

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Spanking and the Golden Rule

September 23, 2014

By Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker, cofounders of Attachment Parenting International and coauthors of Attached at the Heart “Adults teach children in three important ways: The first is by example, the second is by example, the third is by example.” ~ Albert Schweitzer At one point in our own lives, we have spanked at least […]

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The Clown is Sometimes Serious

September 22, 2014

The clown, the astronaut, the chatterbox, the complainer, the “slob” and many more stereotypes all appear in our families and in our classrooms. These are the characters that can disturb, annoy, frustrate and anger us, because they interrupt and spoil our agendas. We are convinced that this is how they always are. They make us […]

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