Strive for Balance

Mindful Parenting

September 15, 2014

The Chinese idiogram for “mindfulness” pictured here is made up of two different elements: the top part meaning “presence” over the bottom part meaning “heart.” This makes  for a wonderful translation of the word, “mindfulness,” into “presence of heart.” I chose this translation as this introduction to mindful parenting, because I feel it is a […]

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Being Compassionate with Yourself

September 13, 2014

Yesterday evening, my family got together with another family for dinner. While my own kids are now 9 and 6, the kids in the other family are 4 and 2. Dining with a 2 year old, especially, was a walk down memory lane for me and my husband. While my kids are still working on […]

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API-Inspired Leadership: An interview with Thiago Queiroz

September 12, 2014

In celebration of Attachment Parenting International’s 20th Anniversary, the four-part “API-Inspired Leadership” series honors the unique paths that inspired parents to pursue API Leadership. Read the first, second and third parts of the series, recognizing Lauren Osborne of Alabama, USA; Candice Garrison of Tennessee, USA; and Kelly Shealer of Maryland, USA. Following is the fourth […]

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API-Inspired Leadership: An interview with Kelly Shealer

September 5, 2014

In celebration of Attachment Parenting International’s 20th Anniversary, the four-part “API-Inspired Leadership” series honors the unique paths that inspired parents to pursue API Leadership. Read the first and second part of the series, recognizing Lauren Osborne of Alabama, USA, and Candice Garrison of Tennessee, USA. Following is the third part of the series: There are […]

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It Takes a Village

September 4, 2014

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published April 20, 2008, but its immortal message continues to ring true today, more so than ever in this ever-increasing Internet Age. We’ve all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and it is still true, even in these modern days of computers, mobile phones, […]

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Learning to Live in the Moment

September 2, 2014

Becoming a mother has taught me the real meaning of “living in the moment.” Before I became pregnant with our daughter Zara, I really thought living in the moment meant squeezing every possible drop of productivity out of my day. It meant getting up before dawn to commute 12 miles by bicycle to work where […]

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Attachment Parenting and School Age Children

August 22, 2014

Last week the second of my two children, my son, turned 6. I can hardly believe it, to be honest. Six! He’s not a baby anymore, or a toddler, or a preschooler. He’s not even a kindergartner. He’s looking forward to starting first grade in a couple of weeks. His big sister will be starting […]

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An Unexpected Evening Out with Our Son

August 19, 2014

By Barbara Nicholson, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and coauthor of Attached at the Heart You never know when a precious family memory will start out as a seeming disaster! Many years ago, my husband and I had been planning a special evening out with his boss. I bought a new dress and carefully arranged […]

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