Practice Positive Discipline

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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Raising kids with grit…and an interview with Jane Stevens of ACEs Too High

December 22, 2015

Attachment Parenting International (API) is directly involved in building resilience in communities across the nation and around the world through its local API Support Groups and accredited API Leaders by supporting secure parent-child attachments. It cannot be emphasized enough how important secure attachments are. To be sure, resilience is something we all want for our […]

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What’s the harm in saying “there are starving kids in Africa” to get your child to eat his veggies?

December 16, 2015

You know this saying since it’s pretty much a parenting cliché used to cajole children to eat their vegetables: “There are starving children in Africa. You should be grateful that you have this food to eat.” I have never understood the logic that leads people to believe that mentioning such tragic information could motivate anyone […]

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Insightful parents may choose AP, but AP can also inspire parents to develop insight

December 14, 2015

After my post “To spank, or not to spank” was published on APtly Said, my friend Ingrid and I had a conversation about the challenges of raising kids and how difficult it is at times to discipline them in a positive way — moreover, how hard it is to keep our composure, especially when we […]

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Want your child to learn self-control? First, teach self-validation

November 30, 2015

A child’s ability to form healthy self-validation is a vital goal of child development. In fact, a child’s capacity for self-validation has everything to do with the development of emotional safety — the overarching developmental goal of childhood. To use the word “validate” in the context of relationships, we’re referring to the process by which […]

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Thanksgiving for joy and peace in my parenting

November 24, 2015

I am so thankful to Attachment Parenting International (API). I can only imagine how different my life would be without the peaceful communication skills and lifestyle I have learned and put into practice in my home the past 9 years. I remember myself at the beginning of this journey — the “need” for control in […]

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The simple attitude of gratitude

November 23, 2015

As parents, one of the most profound messages we can convey to our kids is a deep sense of gratitude. Their world is one full of abundance of materialistic possessions and choices. Many homes have countless toys, ice cream flavors, clothes and TV shows to choose from. One may think that the many choices would […]

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This Children’s Day: It’s time to break Watson’s legacy in childrearing norms

November 20, 2015

By Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, API Cofounders and coauthors of Attached at the Heart Editor’s note: November 20 is Universal Children’s Day, created by the United Nations in 1954 to improve the well-being of children. As Attachment Parenting International (API) observes Children’s Day today, we want to remember the rights of children to a […]

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