Not always feeling happy around the holidays

December 5, 2014
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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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Breastfeeding is everyone’s business

December 2, 2014
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“Thriving communities are built on strong families and a strong workforce. Breastfeeding promotes both. Breastfeeding promotes strong families by giving kids a healthier start in life, less risk of illness and disease. It helps mothers be healthier. There’s less risk of postpartum depression, lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and it supports strong bonds […]

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Our lasting presents as parents

November 25, 2014
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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
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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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Control or the lack thereof

November 20, 2014
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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Sept. 24, 2008, but it puts into perspective why new motherhood can sometimes be hard to adjust to. I’ve always liked to feel in control of my life. In my pre-baby days — back in the mists of time — I used to work full time in […]

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A grandmother’s take on Attachment Parenting

November 19, 2014
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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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How children benefit from rough-and-tumble play

November 18, 2014
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By Barbara Nicholson, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and coauthor of Attached at the Heart with Lysa Parker Play is a critical component of healthy, secure attachment. As our children grow, we parents need to ensure that they have plenty of opportunity for active, fun activity. Our culture is often criticized for too much structured […]

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Love works for everybody

November 17, 2014
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When I see the debate among people about parenting and the different tools and methods, the way most arguments seem to finish is “…but whatever works for the family.” I’ve been thinking about this, and it just doesn’t make sense. Spanking works for nobody, no matter how you slice it. It’s just a quick fix […]

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