empathy

The long-range vision of Attachment Parenting

December 1, 2016
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Modeling empathy to promote peace

October 18, 2016

I believe empathy is one of the most important aspects in promoting peace.  Children who are taught to be empathetic and who witness empathy will, in turn, show more empathy to others. I attempt to teach empathy to my children through positive discipline, responding sensitively to their needs and emotions, and being present for them. I […]

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The key to world peace and harmony

October 4, 2016

What is the key to promoting peace and harmony in our world? In view of all the recent unrest and violence in our country and around the world, it’s a timely and imperative question. It’s a question I often reflect on. As the mother of two young children, I’ve come to the realization that my role as a […]

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Editor’s pick: A kindness movement inspired by a potato

March 4, 2016

Looking back on the last decade since becoming a parent, I can see how Attachment Parenting International (API) values — trust, empathy, kindness, joy, compassion, peace — have shaped both my personal life and my professional career. The choices I make have stemmed from these values. Once my first baby was born, I chose to […]

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Choosing to Sit in the Dark

August 13, 2014

Brené Brown is a researcher at the University of Houston whose work centers on shame, empathy and vulnerability. She has written several books and speaks all over the world on these important topics, which have a dramatic effect on the ways we live, work and raise our children. I just love this segment of one of […]

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The Hard Heart of Parenting

February 3, 2014

My body tenses. Teeth clench. Heart hardens. I don’t hurt him. I don’t yell. Yet, my heart hardens with frustration. My agenda to clothe my two-year-old collides with his interest in remaining naked. He wants to play with his trucks on the bedroom floor; I have a morning adventure planned. After several attempts to wrestle […]

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Why?

December 17, 2013

“Why mama?” Two huge brown eyes looked up at me, searching for answers. I stopped stirring and put down the spoon. “Because it is hot, and I don’t want you to get hurt.” Acceptance. There was no drama, no bargaining or rewards. Only contentment, pure and simple. For me, “Why?” is one of the most […]

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Empathy: The Foundation of Emotion Coaching

December 10, 2013

This post was written by Stephanie Petters, coordinator of the API Reads program. The discussion of Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child  by John Gottman, PhD is continuing to unfold as we near the end of the book.  An excerpt from the book: “When children feel emotionally connected to their parents and the parents use this […]

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