Respond with Sensitivity

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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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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Getting through the Paris attacks with an old neighbor

November 18, 2015

On November 13, 2015 — as I pushed through the realities of daily life with two young children — I coped with a lot of emotion: fear for my sister-in-law, who was in Paris on business…relief when she let us know she was unharmed…and sadness that something so horrible could happen. As I scrolled through […]

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I am a present father

November 16, 2015

Attachment Parenting (AP) helps me every day to be a present father. I am the father of 2 little boys: Dante, almost 3, and Gael, a 6-month-old baby. Right after my first son was born, I discovered Attachment Parenting. It made so much sense to me that it inspired me to not only become an […]

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Nurturing peace — in our parenting and for our world

October 21, 2015

“Raising children with secure attachments and empathic hearts is essential to the future of mankind.” ~ GreatNonprofits Is world peace possible? When we talk about the potential for Attachment Parenting (AP) to change the world, we are referring to a ripple effect: Our children growing up to be compassionate and empathic, becoming parents who foster […]

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October 1, 2015

Editor’s note: Welcome to Attachment Parenting (AP) Month 2015! This year, we celebrate the theme: “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.” Beginning this year, APtly Said is the new home of AP Month, so check the blog each day of October for inspiration through our Daily Tips and other posts centered on the theme. Want […]

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Stay involved in your child’s school life

September 28, 2015

By Michelle Calfee, an Ed.D. student at Carson Newman University I have worked in education for 15 years, and I have seen many different situations with students who go to school outside the home. There are students who go home to parents who ask how their day was and have a genuine interest in their […]

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Helping children through divorce

September 21, 2015

When a marriage breaks up, the effects on the children are the biggest cause of worry and source of guilt for parents. Children will now no longer be able to be with both parents every day.  Sometimes they will not even be in the same city. In unfriendly cases, children are like ping-pong balls, bouncing […]

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