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Reaping the fruits of Attachment Parenting

March 7, 2016

Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) is excited to announce that Effie Morchi, a blogger with APtly Said, has accepted the volunteer position of Assistant Editor of APtly Said. In addition to continuing to blog about her family life, she will be managing the development of special editorial projects for APtly Said, such as the […]

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Editor’s pick: A moment of silence for the “mother” of doula work

February 26, 2016

I hired a doula for my third child’s birth. After an early preterm birth with my first and a medically necessary Cesarean with my second, my third baby was on track to be my first, and only, normal childbirth experience. I was pulling out all the stops, too — aiming for an unmedicated labor and […]

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We are in the love business

February 13, 2016

Valentine’s Day has traditionally been a holiday for couples, an observance set aside for parents to give each other a special token of their love. Bouquets of flowers, boxes of chocolate, candy hearts and cards with arrow-wielding cupids come to mind. What doesn’t readily come to mind, but perhaps should, are neurons deep within the […]

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Editor’s pick: The 4 parenting styles — and where Attachment Parenting fits in

February 9, 2016

This week’s pick is an infographic from Mom Junction. Sometimes parents will refer to Attachment Parenting as a parenting “style.” To be accurate, though, Attachment Parenting International refers to Attachment Parenting as a parenting approach. You may be wondering what the difference is. It comes down to the scientific definition. Researchers identify 4 parenting styles […]

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My dark first weeks of motherhood

January 18, 2016

I can hardly believe I survived all the chaos of early new motherhood. At the beginning, I didn’t think I would — at least not with my sanity intact. For nine months, I mentally prepared to share my life unconditionally with a new being. I also did my best to get ready for one of […]

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A reason why new parenthood can be hard for fathers, and couples — and what to do about it

January 6, 2016

A secure mother-infant bond is fundamental to a child’s well-being. Discoveries in the field of neurobiology confirm that a secure mother-infant bond depends on many factors: A natural birth Breastfeeding Near-constant physical contact through carrying infants in-arms or in slings Cosleeping The recognition that babies are social beings who thrive on loving connections. Of course […]

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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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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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