Respond with Sensitivity

Inviting them in…

December 18, 2014

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on October 6, 2008, but it’s a great reminder that connection with our children begins with our conscious choice to do so. Sometimes being present in your child’s life has more to do with inviting them in to your life, rather than joining them in theirs. We focus […]

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Teaching the art of giving

December 17, 2014

I have such fond memories of my childhood Christmases. I remember the emotions and feelings of warmth, love and happiness more so than the bountiful supply of gifts we eagerly unwrapped each year. I want my 3-year-old daughter to have the same kinds of cherished memories that I have stored so lovingly in my heart. […]

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Hygge

December 12, 2014

What an exciting time of the year! The days are getting shorter, and the wish lists are getting longer. My evening walks have been so pleasant as neighbors are putting up twinkling lights that add such cheer to an otherwise gloomy night. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want my children’s experience to […]

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Tantrums are opportunies to connect

December 11, 2014

 Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 2, 2008, but offers timely tips to parents of toddlers. Before I became the mother of a toddler, I remember listening to other parents describe their little one’s behavior with the term “terrible twos.” To be honest, I had no idea what kind of behavior was […]

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Parent like nobody’s watching

December 10, 2014

Every now and again, we parents are called upon to respond to something for which we are not prepared. Maybe we didn’t anticipate a particular comment from our child or maybe his behavior is outright embarrassing. In these moments, we have a choice: We can hide under the table and freak out, we can blush […]

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Reflections of AP fatherhood

December 9, 2014

By Jim Parker First, let me give you a little background on how I was raised, so you will have some idea why I believe Attachment Parenting (AP) has spared my family from another generation of physical and verbal abuse. It gives me pause to consider the upbringing of this Texas latchkey kid, who was […]

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Not always feeling happy around the holidays

December 5, 2014

Every year when we unpack our holiday trimmings, we find the stash of books we’ve stored next to the lights and the stockings. We have multiple copies of The Night Before Christmas, stories of gingerbread boys, girls and men. And my favorite, Grumpy Badger’s Christmas by Paul Bright. I love this book, because it acknowledges […]

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Our lasting presents as parents

November 25, 2014

By Barbara Nicholson, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International (API) and coauthor of Attached at the Heart with Lysa Parker My mom has a compression fracture in her spine and will spend Thanksgiving and maybe Christmas in rehab. At 95 years young, she has been in remarkable health for most of her life, so seeing her […]

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