Insightful parents may choose AP, but AP can also inspire parents to develop insight

December 14, 2015
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After my post “To spank, or not to spank” was published on APtly Said, my friend Ingrid and I had a conversation about the challenges of raising kids and how difficult it is at times to discipline them in a positive way — moreover, how hard it is to keep our composure, especially when we […]

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You never stop growing up: An interview with Lisa Reagan of Kindred Media

December 9, 2015
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Every one of us is on a journey through life, and each of us is at a different point on that journey. Some are at the very beginning: expecting their first baby or in the midst of the newborn months. Others, like me, are somewhere in the middle. I have 3 children, the oldest who […]

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How different the world could be

December 4, 2015
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“We’ve all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” ~ J.K. Rowling in her book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix San Bernardino, Paris, Chattanooga, Tunisia, Fort Hood, Lafayette, Kuwait, Colorado Springs — this short list just […]

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Want your child to learn self-control? First, teach self-validation

November 30, 2015
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A child’s ability to form healthy self-validation is a vital goal of child development. In fact, a child’s capacity for self-validation has everything to do with the development of emotional safety — the overarching developmental goal of childhood. To use the word “validate” in the context of relationships, we’re referring to the process by which […]

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Kids, Parents, Power Struggles: Ch 2

November 24, 2015
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  We are on Chapter 2 of “Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles” which talks about Emotion Coaching, a very important connection tool for your child. This chapter makes you think about the long-term goal of your parenting and not being afraid of “building bad habits” and instead seeing the positive results of your connection. Something […]

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Thanksgiving for joy and peace in my parenting

November 24, 2015
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I am so thankful to Attachment Parenting International (API). I can only imagine how different my life would be without the peaceful communication skills and lifestyle I have learned and put into practice in my home the past 9 years. I remember myself at the beginning of this journey — the “need” for control in […]

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The simple attitude of gratitude

November 23, 2015
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As parents, one of the most profound messages we can convey to our kids is a deep sense of gratitude. Their world is one full of abundance of materialistic possessions and choices. Many homes have countless toys, ice cream flavors, clothes and TV shows to choose from. One may think that the many choices would […]

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This Children’s Day: It’s time to break Watson’s legacy in childrearing norms

November 20, 2015
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By Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, API Cofounders and coauthors of Attached at the Heart Editor’s note: November 20 is Universal Children’s Day, created by the United Nations in 1954 to improve the well-being of children. As Attachment Parenting International (API) observes Children’s Day today, we want to remember the rights of children to a […]

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