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Editor’s pick: Reconnecting our kids with nature for healthy development

April 22, 2016

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement, the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” ~ David Attenborough, English broadcaster and naturalist Today is Earth Day. We are reminded […]

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Embracing persistence in children

April 18, 2016

When my son was younger, I wondered why he had to be so determined? Why couldn’t he be easygoing like most other kids I know? And why did he have to challenge me nearly all the time? I vividly recall an incident when Ethan was about 2 years old. It made me realize how strong-willed […]

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Parental presence: A compromised human right

April 15, 2016

A little more than half of all babies in the United States — 53% — are born into families that income-qualify for WIC, a federal supplemental nutrition program that serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and their children from birth to age 5 in the United States. Think about that for a second: Half […]

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Editor’s pick: 6 evolved needs for healthy human development

April 8, 2016

“…we have forgotten that we are social mammals with specific evolved needs from birth.” ~ Darcia Narvaez, PhD, Notre Dame Psychologist, member of Attachment Parenting International‘s Board of Directors The Attachment Parenting approach can be regarded as parenting guided by nature’s lead — being attuned to our own feelings and instincts as well as our […]

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For the love of art, authenticity and our children’s dreams

April 4, 2016

“People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.” ~ Thomas Merton, American writer When my daughter was a toddler, an acquaintance asked me, “What would you like your daughter to be when she grows up?” […]

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Editor’s pick: The best autism intervention is based in attachment

April 1, 2016

Attachment Parenting is based on more than 60 years of solid, interdisciplinary research into parent-child relationships, from infant bonding and breastfeeding to nurturing touch and discipline. We have a long line of researchers — and advocates helping to incorporate their findings into society — to thank for how we look at families today: that how […]

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5 tips for mindfully coping with chronic illness — for your child and you

March 29, 2016

The practice of mindfulness can be tremendously helpful under all kinds of life circumstances. Today, I want to chat about how mindfulness can help your child — and your whole family! — deal with chronic illness. After years of guiding, counseling and working with hundreds of families, blending more traditional psychotherapy approaches with mindfulness and […]

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Editor’s pick: The role of control vs collaboration in teens’ future relationships

March 23, 2016

Trust, mutual respect and collaboration are the foundation of a strong relationship, whether the relationship is between spouses, friends, or parent and child. For a child, the relationship with his or her parents is the first — and most significant — relationship. Parental example has considerable impact on kids, and through our relationship with our […]

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