Strive for Balance

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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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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Attachment through books

May 17, 2016

Editor’s note: May is Get Caught Reading Month. Reading is a shared interest among many Attachment Parenting (AP) families as we all like to be well-informed when making decisions that affect our parent-child relationships. Reading can also serve as an easy way to strengthen attachment bonds. Reading has always been a central part of my […]

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Sometimes it is all about me

May 8, 2016

Editor’s note: Welcome to APtly Said’s celebration of mothers! This year’s theme for Mother’s Day is “Life Lessons” as Attachment Parenting International celebrates with an inspiring series from May 7-11. We hope you are enjoying your Mother’s Day and find time to reflect on what you’ve learned through your motherhood journey. This year’s theme for […]

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Less screen time…more creative, active playtime

May 2, 2016

Editor’s note: May 2-8 is Screen-Free Week, an observance created by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood that encourages children, families and communities to unplug from digital entertainment and spend their free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, connecting, and rediscovering the joys of life beyond the screen. Attachment Parenting International (API) reminds parents to […]

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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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Why does Attachment Parenting need a label?

March 21, 2016

We are working toward a day when Attachment Parenting won’t need a label — it will just be parenting. But as of now, the parenting practices that are based on Attachment Theory, and the ever-growing body of research informed by it, are not well known by the general public. In addition, certain cultural forces are […]

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Editor’s pick: Mindfulness in school and home

March 18, 2016

A huge part of Attachment Parenting (AP) is learning, and teaching our children, how to be mindful — that ability to calm our minds, connect with our emotions in the moment, work through any conflicting feelings, and respond to others in truth and compassion. This week, I have two features for my Editor’s Pick. The […]

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