Tantrums are opportunies to connect

December 11, 2014
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 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
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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
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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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A mother’s cry for justice

December 8, 2014
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By Gratiela Sidor, a dual national from Romania living in the United Kingdom for 15 years There is a worrying new trend in the English courts to separate infants from their primary carers overnight, despite compelling evidence that this can be psychologically harmful to them. More worryingly, nursing mothers are forced to allow overnight contact […]

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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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