Respond with Sensitivity

All of this…is motherhood

July 13, 2015

Before my son arrived, I didn’t really understand or even think about what becoming a mother would mean. I wanted to be one, but I didn’t know that once my child was here, for me there would be no separation between the person I have always been and the one I became. The line between […]

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Choose to respond with love

July 7, 2015

It was getting close to time to leave the park, so I told my 5-year-old son he could do one last loop around the trail on his bike. We’d talked before going to the park about how he was allowed to ride along one loop of the trail, where he was constantly visible to me […]

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Bringing peace to sibling rivalry

July 5, 2015

Q: When my son hurts my daughter, I feel enraged, especially when he is grinning as though enjoying her pain. Still, I try to explain gently why he should not hurt his sister. Nothing helps. I would appreciate guidance on sibling rivalry. A: No matter how gently we tell a child not to hurt another, […]

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This Father’s Day: Dads, talk about being a father

June 21, 2015

Happy Father’s Day! Today we celebrate you, Dads, for your role and involvement in your children’s lives. This is your holiday, when you can truly relish in the profound impact you make in your child’s life. It is amazing the difference a father can make for a child: from the moment a baby is conceived, […]

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Attachment Parenting and siblings

June 16, 2015

I am often amazed at how well my children get along. They are 9, 7 and 3 years old and each have very close, warm, secure and unique bonds with one another that very much enhance our family. My 9-year-old and 7-year-old daughters are 16 months apart. They are each others’ best friends, whether at […]

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What does Attachment Parenting look like in your home?

June 11, 2015

Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) advocates for a parenting approach rooted solidly in research, and continuing research further validates and builds upon API’s foundation. Help us tell your story! Describe what Attachment Parenting (AP) looks like in your home through this landmark, definitional survey designed to provide ground-breaking insights about AP families. Created by […]

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For Today, a poem for parents

June 8, 2015

If we are honest, it really isn’t possible to enjoy every moment of parenting. Another bad night’s sleep, a tantrum in the park, or frantically rushing between home and work is hardly the stuff family dreams are made of. It’s perfectly natural that we don’t — and can’t — spend every moment basking in how […]

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The terrible, wonderful summer vacation

June 1, 2015

In a way, summer vacation reminds me of giving birth. When it’s over, we forget the difficult parts and look forward to the next one. The next time we take a family vacation, hoping our children will get along during a long car ride, or walk quietly beside us on a family outing, we can […]

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