Practice Positive Discipline

A lesson in approachability and honesty

February 23, 2015

I returned home after a night out at a friend’s house. It was late. The house was dark and quiet. My husband and kids were asleep. I was looking forward to taking a hot shower, to complete my relaxing evening with friends — a rare treat I promise to repeat more often in an effort […]

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In lieu of presents

February 19, 2015

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 16, 2008, and it continues to offer a valuable perspective on passing along family values to our children. This year’s invitation reads: Ella’s 14th Birthday Party! Bonfire — Music — Food — Fun! In lieu of presents, Ella requests that you please bring an item of […]

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Loving one another in anger

February 13, 2015

I feel a lot of love in my house. But there are conflicts, hurt feelings and misunderstandings. I know we are on a journey together to love each other the best we can — to forgive and accept, and to challenge ourselves to feel our feelings without hurting others with our actions or words. This […]

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Q&A: Toddler fights bedtime

February 10, 2015

Q: My 2-year-old son doesn’t calm down easily for bedtime, and my wife and I need some ideas. We’ve always coslept with him and my wife breastfeeds him, and we’re keeping to a bedtime routine, but a few months ago, our son began to really fight bedtime, even when he is very tired. I really […]

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Speaking peace

February 9, 2015

By Lysa Parker & Barbara Nicholson, cofounders of Attachment Parenting International (API) and coauthors of Attached at the Heart We often reflect on whether or not API has made a difference in our efforts toward peace. API isn’t about promoting just parenting strategies: We have a broader long-term vision we have often described as “peaceful […]

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Our story of adoption and Attachment Parenting

February 2, 2015

“I love you.” Three little words that I whisper into their small ears throughout the day. I look into their eyes and say, “You are special and strong.” A few years ago, my husband and I met our first son in a crowded, busy hospital lobby. He was just 3 days old. His dark eyes […]

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A sign of affection

January 26, 2015

My beautiful 3 year old, like most I would presume, is a rather emotional breed. Juliette knows not only what she wants but can also quite effectively articulate why she wants it and why we should appease her wishes. Sometimes I joke that she is a lawyer in the making. She is clever, intelligent, determined […]

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Tantrums

January 23, 2015

My 2-year-old son was standing in his bedroom doorway with little sobs, tears rolling down his cheeks. All because he was so tired and it was bedtime, but he wanted to keep playing with his trains. My heart was breaking. He wanted me to take him back downstairs, but I was nursing his half-asleep baby […]

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