Provide Consistent & Loving Care

The mother’s ‘guilt cyst’

May 19, 2015

I suspect that for nearly all women, soon after our first-born makes the exit out of our bodies and into the world, a “guilt cyst” begins to grow inside us — metaphorically speaking, that is. When my first child was born, I quit my job and became a stay-at-home mom. That decision came as a […]

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It’s alright that you need me

May 18, 2015

My child, I want to say this to you: It’s alright that you need me. Needing is good. Needing is natural. When you cry for me, when you wrap your arms around me, when you sigh because you feel happy in my arms…you’re behaving just as you should. You are finding out where you fit […]

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Maintaining connection through long separations

April 10, 2015

Editor’s note: April is Month of the Military Child, an observance designed to increase support to children in military families. Attachment Parenting International‘s Sixth Principle of Parenting: Provide Consistent and Loving Care advocates for parents to provide abundant presence to their children and to carefully consider options of non-parental care. Because they experience frequent moves […]

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Using presence to raise independent children

March 19, 2015

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 22, 2008, but it carries a timeless message of the payoffs of giving presence to our children, allowing them to develop independence on their own developmental timeline. By Kayris Wall of The Great Walls of Baltimore and Mommy, What’s For Dinner? One day, when my son […]

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Compassion, balance and truth in parenting

March 13, 2015

Compassion. What does this word mean to you? I see compassion as being open to seeking the truth in any given moment. As a parent, I am constantly invited inward in order to seek my truth. Our children and partners have their own truths. It can be challenging when I am forced to find the […]

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Hay, that was fun!

March 11, 2015

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 21, 2008. As many of Attachment Parenting International’s families live in the Northern Hemisphere, spring is right around the corner and this post fits well with the season. We took the kids to the farm where our milk and beef comes from today. We got to […]

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Happy Birthday, my daughter!

March 9, 2015

My Shelly, So many thoughts and feelings have been circling my mind the past few weeks as you are reaching a new milestone: You will be turning 10 years old! As cliché as it may sound, it feels like just yesterday you merged into our life. When you arrived to this world, you were tiny […]

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Fathers, enjoy the now

March 5, 2015

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 17, 2008, but offers a wonderful perspective from an Attachment Parenting father that can truly stand the test of time. One of the greatest gifts that a father can give to his children is to be present: to be here now, to be actively engaged in […]

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