AP Month

How API supports parents with — and without — access to parental leave

November 3, 2015

Editor’s note: Thank you for helping Attachment Parenting International (API) observe Attachment Parenting Month 2015 in October as we explored the theme, “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.” API Leader and API’s KnowledgeBase Coordinator Artimesia Yuen has compiled a research paper to help you continue discussions in your families and communities on the importance of […]

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Daily Tip: What is the most important thing?

October 31, 2015

“Family is the most important thing in the world.” ~ Princess Diana   API Leader Kathryn Abbott, API’s Leader Connections editor Send us a photo of how you are celebrating this year’s AP Month theme: “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.” Read here for complete guidelines. Attachment Parenting International thanks Lamaze International, DONA, Dr. Peter […]

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Daily Tip: Share your heart

October 30, 2015

A baby who shares games with caregivers will share their hearts with others.   John Bowlby, the father of Attachment Theory, whose ground-breaking research set the foundation for Attachment Parenting, playing with his son, (Sir) Richard Bowlby (Bt), who now serves on Attachment Parenting International‘s Advisory Board and lectures worldwide about his father’s work Send […]

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Daily Tip: What are your basic needs?

October 29, 2015

Of course, every human community is not perfect. But when you provide young children with their basic needs, they are less aggressive and self-centered.   API Leader Candice Garrison and family Send us a photo of how you are celebrating this year’s AP Month theme: “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.” Read here for complete […]

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Daily Tip: Presence matters most in early childhood

October 28, 2015

The effect of non-parental childcare is insignificant compared to the influence that parental presence has on early child development. And the effect of parental presence is more noticeable on early child development than in later years. The more presence by a parent, especially by the mother, in early childhood — the greater the influence on […]

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Daily Tip: Parental presence increases the child’s self-esteem

October 27, 2015

The importance of self-confidence cannot be understated. Self-esteem is widely considered to be one of the most, if not the single most, important characteristic of an individual’s well-being. Maximum parental presence in a baby’s first year of life is especially beneficial to social-emotional skill development that leads to a healthy self-esteem. API Leader Megan Bell […]

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Going back to work, but not the way I expected

October 26, 2015

Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) recognizes the amazing creativity of parents to balance their children’s attachment needs with their financial needs and/or career in order to provide consistent, loving care especially in the first few months postpartum but also throughout the early childhood years when parental presence is most critical to establishing a secure […]

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Daily Tip: Family is everything

October 25, 2015

“Family is not an important thing; it’s everything.” ~ Michael J. Fox   Sara Kuc and family Send us a photo of how you are celebrating this year’s AP Month theme: “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.” Read here for complete guidelines. Attachment Parenting International thanks Lamaze International, DONA, Dr. Peter Haiman, Linda Folden Palmer, […]

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