Principles

Developing discipline from the inside out

October 26, 2014

By Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, cofounders of Attachment Parenting International and coauthors of Attached at the Heart Children learn violence in their homes and in their schools from adults whose best intentions are to train them to be obedient, law-abiding citizens. To that end, corporal punishment has been used on children in many societies […]

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Editor’s Pick: AP Month on “Daily Tips”

October 26, 2014

“We believe in parents. We believe that every parent deserves free access to complete information about parenting and childhood. It need not be overwhelming, just complete and accurate. And leave the blame behind. …We believe it so strongly that we do what few, if any other organizations, do: We provide free support to all parents.” […]

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Who says kids don’t like curry?

October 26, 2014

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on September 14, 2008. It provides an alternative to commercialized baby food for parents starting their infants and young toddlers on solids. The first time a friend offered my daughter Violet a veggie “puff,” I was puzzled. “They’re healthy,” she explained. “They’re made from vegetables.” Why not, I wondered, […]

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Does Attachment Parenting pertain to me?

October 26, 2014

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on September 15, 2008, and examines how the author has adapted Attachment Parenting International’s Eight Principles of Parenting as her children grew out of the infant/toddler years. My kids are not babies. They sleep in their own rooms. They don’t breastfeed. If I wore them in a carrier, […]

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Up all night!

October 26, 2014

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on August 28, 2008. As parents, we engage in nighttime parenting because we know that our children don’t stop needing our care at sunset. The author does well to validate the challenge of meeting children’s needs when they happen at a time that is not so convenient for […]

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Gratitude

October 25, 2014

I am grateful for many things big and small, grand and mundane. Today, it is the joyful shriek of my girls running in the twilight. And this month especially, I have been thinking about how grateful I am for Attachment Parenting International (API). I learned from the words of Gretchen Levy, a writer on habits […]

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Taking time for self makes me a better Mommy

October 24, 2014

It was 8:00 at night. I was putting my oldest son to bed, and I realized that I hadn’t eaten dinner. I had made dinner for both of my sons, had nursed my baby multiple times and had even made sure that my husband took food to work with him. But I had completely forgotten […]

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The time-in technique

October 23, 2014

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 27, 2008, but I love the message it offers to parents about how positive discipline dovetails with responding with sensitivity in observing what underlying needs children may be expressing when they act out. Recently there has been a discussion about time-out technique on a Yahoo group. […]

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