Respond with Sensitivity

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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Struggling with Attachment Parenting?

November 21, 2014

I feel it is such a sign of true strength when parents can be honest with themselves and others that they, too, struggle. Especially with Attachment Parenting (AP), many parents feel that they have to be “perfect” but that is an impossible standard. We all have moments where our knee-jerk reactions get the best of […]

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A grandmother’s take on Attachment Parenting

November 19, 2014

By Donna Wetterlund Like every grandparent, the arrival of my first grandchild was a rite of passage with mixed emotions. I was in denial about the label that clearly identified me as “old,” but I was fascinated with my daughter’s changing body and the life growing inside it. I was proud of my daughter’s healthy […]

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Trust

November 14, 2014

Whenever I encounter turbulence on my maiden voyage of parenting, I take solace in reminding myself of one really crucial ingredient of Attachment Parenting: trust. Trust is both an awesome gift and an incredible challenge, one that we receive and take on as part of the mantle of parenthood. We witness it in the eyes […]

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