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Building a strong parent-child bond through Playful Parenting

November 14, 2016

One of the most important and challenging undertakings of parenting is to build strong, close bonds between children and their parents. A strong parent-child connection enables children to become confident, independent, develop healthy relationships, and become a peaceful adult. In his book Playful Parenting, Dr. Lawrence Cohen points out that through play, children explore the […]

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Growing up in an attached family, learning the power of stimulus

July 16, 2016

My home life was rich in attachment — and stimulus. Attachment begins with the creation of emotionally close, consistent relationships between parents and children in all child development stages. Then, in order that the child can develop his abilities properly, stimulus is essential. From an early age, I was inserted into the great world of […]

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3 tips for connection in the summertime

June 29, 2016

Summertime can bring a variety of opportunities to connect with our children and enjoy new experiences together. It especially can be a time to reconnect with a child who has been at school all day throughout the year and is now home each day. Here are 3 suggestions for deepening the family connection during the […]

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Less screen time…more creative, active playtime

May 2, 2016

Editor’s note: May 2-8 is Screen-Free Week, an observance created by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood that encourages children, families and communities to unplug from digital entertainment and spend their free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, connecting, and rediscovering the joys of life beyond the screen. Attachment Parenting International (API) reminds parents to […]

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Playing together

January 28, 2015

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on October 10, 2008, but its message about the importance of presence is as timely today as then. By Tara, Feels Like Home I have a secret. I am a mom’s group drop out. I researched for months and found a local playgroup so that my daughter and […]

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Simple living by living simply

January 12, 2015

Sometimes I feel that everywhere I turn there is something else that I as a parent or my child “needs.” But how often do we actually need that product? Likely, its almost never. As I navigate this world of parenting, I find myself actively trying to move away from the world of “stuff” and focus […]

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How children benefit from rough-and-tumble play

November 18, 2014

By Barbara Nicholson, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and coauthor of Attached at the Heart with Lysa Parker Play is a critical component of healthy, secure attachment. As our children grow, we parents need to ensure that they have plenty of opportunity for active, fun activity. Our culture is often criticized for too much structured […]

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The Gift Is You

December 12, 2013

This post was written by TheAttachedFamily.com contributor Stacy Jagger, MMFT, owner of Sunnybrook Counseling, www.sunnybrookcounseling.com. Many parents I see in my counseling office are spending thousands of dollars on a variety of technological devices for their children each year–gaming systems, digital cameras, cell phones, etc.–while the children, who are displaying maladaptive behaviors and internal turmoil, […]

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