Principles

Healthy infant sleep, Part 1: Are modern sleep patterns healthier?

May 22, 2017

Editor’s note: In observance of Get Better Sleep Month this May, Attachment Parenting International brings you a 4-part series on normal, healthy infant sleep. Here is part 1: I’m awake writing this during the biologically normative and healthy stages of first and second sleep. Research has revealed that right up until the advent of electric […]

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Cuddling therapy, anyone?

May 17, 2017

Babies are born with needs for physical contact, affection, security, stimulation, and movement — urgent and intense — and yet, depend completely on others to meet them. Nurturing touch is a way to meet all of these needs at once. Mothers and fathers are encouraged to provide ample nurturing touch from birth on to promote […]

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Mothers’ thoughtful expressions: What is the best parenting advice you would offer another mom?

May 16, 2017

The experience of being a mom can be challenging, exhausting, rewarding, and inspirational. There are plenty of trained experts and professionals who lend their guidance on ways to navigate through the complex web of motherhood, but oftentimes, the most grounded support comes from those who have been down in the trenches — so to speak: everyday mothers. […]

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Mothers’ thoughtful expressions: What do you cherish most about being a mom?

May 15, 2017

Being a mom is like being a gardener — it’s hard labor that gets accomplished regardless of the conditions. It is the kind of work that requires fortitude, dedication, and an abundance of patience. We tend to our children, nourish them, watch them grow, and reap what we sow. All the while, we are continuously mesmerized […]

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This is how my son started to enjoy reading

May 12, 2017

Editor’s note: May is Get Caught Reading Month. Founded in 1999, this campaign was launched to remind people about the joys and fun of reading. Reading can be informative for parents as they navigate through the challenges of parenting and the various stages of their child’s development. Reading can also serve as a supportive way […]

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Why it matters how we are born

May 8, 2017

“The beginning of life is a very normal and natural, yet specific, event.” ~ Bettina Breunig, TEDx Talk Much of Western society chooses to view childbirth differences as merely a matter of personal choice. Rather, Attachment Parenting International (API) encourages us to recognize this important beginning in both our child’s life and our relationship with our […]

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Smartphones and parenting

May 2, 2017

Editor’s note: This week, May 1-7, is Screen-Free Week — an annual observance founded by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. Plan to unplug from digital entertainment this week and instead connect with your family. Need more inspiration? This post was originally published by Attachment Parenting International in 2015, and it is as thought-provoking today as ever: Instinct […]

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Core beliefs and parenting

April 30, 2017

Editor’s note: Today, April 30, is SpankOut Day — an annual observance founded by the Center for Effective Discipline, working to eliminate physical punishment of children and to promote nonviolent discipline. This can be a different change in perspective for parents accustomed to spanking their children. It can be tempting to shift from hitting to […]

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