Kindness is contagious

February 17, 2016
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Editor’s note: This week, Feb. 14-20, is Random Acts of Kindness Week, an observance created by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation that is right in line with the values espoused by Attachment Parenting International (API) families, local API Leaders and volunteers who practice kindness every day by following the third of API’s Eight Principles […]

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We are in the love business

February 13, 2016
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Valentine’s Day has traditionally been a holiday for couples, an observance set aside for parents to give each other a special token of their love. Bouquets of flowers, boxes of chocolate, candy hearts and cards with arrow-wielding cupids come to mind. What doesn’t readily come to mind, but perhaps should, are neurons deep within the […]

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Editor’s pick: The 4 parenting styles — and where Attachment Parenting fits in

February 9, 2016
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This week’s pick is an infographic from Mom Junction. Sometimes parents will refer to Attachment Parenting as a parenting “style.” To be accurate, though, Attachment Parenting International refers to Attachment Parenting as a parenting approach. You may be wondering what the difference is. It comes down to the scientific definition. Researchers identify 4 parenting styles […]

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Stay patient while teaching toddlers how to handle strong emotions

February 8, 2016
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Over the past few months, my 3-year-old son has been going through a phase of hitting his brother and sister when he’s angry. I’ve been working a lot with him, telling him that his angry feelings are okay but that hitting isn’t, and trying to find better ways for him to express that anger. But […]

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Editor’s pick: To promote breastfeeding is to promote Attachment Parenting

February 2, 2016
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This week’s article is a new breastfeeding report published Jan. 28 in The Lancet. This medical journal feature has already received a lot of attention in the media, and rightfully so. According to the report, universal breastfeeding has the potential to save the lives of 823,000 children and 20,000 mothers each year through fewer infections, […]

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Being present for another

January 28, 2016
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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 26, 2008, and it continues to inspire parents to give presence to their children. I find the whole concept of “being present” for another person so relevant to our world. How many of us have not really been given sufficient presence by our parents while we […]

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Editor’s pick: The heart of Baby Courts is attachment

January 21, 2016
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Beginning this week, Attachment Parenting International (API) will be publishing weekly Editor’s Pick posts — through which we’ll be highlighting an article or blog post that takes a look at attachment science as it increasingly becomes commonplace in our society. This week’s article, “Judges Are Using Brain Science to Help Babies Caught in the Court […]

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Our kids in the midst of parents’ hostile conflicts

January 19, 2016
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We often refer to kids as “sponges” due to their astonishing ability to absorb so much of the information around them. We are often amazed at their capacity to learn ever so quickly and soak up the world around them and expand from all that they see, hear and experience. I’ve seen it with my […]

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