gentle parenting

Giving thanks through presence and connection

December 22, 2014

I am grateful to be an Attachment Parent. I don’t feel that we need to be labeled in order to define our type of parenting; however, being a part of a community with like-minded parents reminds me that I am not alone. Yes, we are all different. We all choose to parent differently. The families we come […]

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Cloth

May 14, 2014

As I carefully held you, my little parcel, I remember wishing the cloth away, wishing that there was nothing between us. You see, we had been linked your whole life. I had felt every hiccup and every stretch. As soon as I had the strength to sit up, I threaded you gently in between the […]

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Signed…Better Late Than Never

February 21, 2013

Hello all, I wanted to share this letter below that I received today. I am deeply touched that this person, identity unknown, took the time to express himself so openly and honestly. I hope we can all read it and take something from it, whether we are parents or not.   Dear Sandy, I’m probably […]

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Gently and Sensitively Separating for Drop-off Activities

October 25, 2012

Today, guest blogger Ariadne Brill shares how she gently and sensitively transitioned her children to their first drop-off activity.  Gently and Sensitively Separating for Drop-off Activities by Ariadne Brill Drop off activities can be such a fun and rewarding experience for preschoolers and school children. From dance camp to cooking class to swim team, most […]

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Bonding With Children at Every Age – Guest Post by Susan Stiffelman

October 19, 2012

Once past the early years, many parents come to API for information on how to continue raising children with attachment in mind. Today’s special guest blogger, Susan Stiffelman, explains how Attachment Parenting principles apply to the next phases of a child’s life.   Bonding with Children at Every Age by MFT Susan Stiffelman Most of […]

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The End of Extended Breastfeeding

October 10, 2012

In the attachment world, we hear a lot about the importance of breastfeeding. And lots of women breastfeed for an extended period of time. In our culture, more than a year is considered extended breastfeeding. So that’s what we call it. I just considered it breastfeeding. I was nursed until I was 3. My mother […]

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Baby: from Other to Teacher

September 28, 2012

If you survey mainstream Western baby-care advice from the past two centuries, you’ll see a common theme: the perception that babies are wild beings who need to be tamed in order to be incorporated into family life. The concept of “otherness” is familiar in the history of humankind – it’s a driving force behind the […]

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Making the Best Sleep Choices for my Family

September 17, 2012

This week someone got in touch with me to talk about a new study in the journal Pediatrics, which suggests that there’s no long-term harm associated with certain methods of sleep training. These methods use controlled crying in order to encourage babies to fall asleep on their own. They followed two groups of babies at […]

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