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3 tips for connection in the summertime

June 29, 2016

Summertime can bring a variety of opportunities to connect with our children and enjoy new experiences together. It especially can be a time to reconnect with a child who has been at school all day throughout the year and is now home each day. Here are 3 suggestions for deepening the family connection during the […]

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Editor’s pick: Raising compassionate kids in a violent world

June 24, 2016

Attachment Parenting International promotes parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents. For life. So they can take those bonds with them into their adult lives and share them with their children. And their children can do the same. A life cycle of compassion and connection. In this week’s Editor’s […]

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Transformation of being a father

June 20, 2016

Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) continues with APtly Said’s celebration of fathers through the theme of “Fathers’ Inspiring Reflections,” June 19-21. We value and honor you, Dads, for all your love, dedication, and involvement in your children’s lives — you inspire us! Sometimes I start thinking about the man I used to be before […]

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4 ideas for gentle weaning

June 15, 2016

I often hear of the struggles mothers face when trying to nurse a baby in those first few weeks. For me, that has not been the case. Although both of my sons nursed differently, neither had difficulty nursing. My experience is the opposite. My struggle comes at the end of the nursing relationship rather than […]

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A fire in my heart

June 8, 2016

I came upon Attachment Parenting by accident. While 8 months pregnant, I searched the Internet for ideas on how to clean cloth diapers by hand. Yes, you read correctly — by hand. We had no washer or dryer and felt too cheap to pay the 75 cents required to wash them. During my search, I […]

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Screens are powerful — but dangerous — attachment tools

June 3, 2016

It used to be the television. Back in the 1980s, Neil Postman, professor of communication arts and sciences from New York University, said that television is a disastrous influence on children because it shortens their attention span, erodes their linguistic powers and causes them to become increasingly impatient. Perhaps even more serious, it opens up […]

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The latest research in nurturing touch, breastsleeping and babywearing

May 24, 2016

What do you get when you bring together Dr. James McKenna, Dr. Kersten Moberg, Dr. Ann Bigelow, Dr. Henrik Norholt, Dr. Charles Price and Dr. Raylene Phillips? You get the latest research on skin-to-skin, oxytocin, “breastsleeping,” bedsharing and all things babywearing presented at the first annual Bond Conference in New York City — which I […]

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Editor’s Pick: Emotional abuse, a dark form of children’s maltreatment

May 20, 2016

“Growing up in a household where your emotions are either actively discouraged or punished, or simply ignored takes a toll on you, a developing child. You internalize the message that your feelings, your needs, your views don’t matter. It’s a belief that’s rooted in childhood feelings. That belief/feeling is powerful, and it stays with you […]

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