positive discipline

A lesson in button pushing

May 10, 2016

Editor’s note: Welcome to APtly Said’s celebration of mothers! This year’s theme for Mother’s Day is “Life Lessons” as Attachment Parenting International celebrates with an inspiring series from May 7-11. We hope you enjoyed your Mother’s Day and were able to reflect on what you’ve learned through your motherhood journey. When my first son transitioned […]

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Editor’s pick: Where punishment, not even timeout, will have no home

April 30, 2016

“All behavior is communication.” ~ Linda Hatfield, cofounder of Parenting from the Heart Today, as we celebrate SpankOut Day April 30th — an annual observance founded by the Center for Effective Discipline (now part of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center) to bring attention to the need to stop physical punishment of children and […]

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Editor’s pick: Mindfulness in school and home

March 18, 2016

A huge part of Attachment Parenting (AP) is learning, and teaching our children, how to be mindful — that ability to calm our minds, connect with our emotions in the moment, work through any conflicting feelings, and respond to others in truth and compassion. This week, I have two features for my Editor’s Pick. The […]

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Stay patient while teaching toddlers how to handle strong emotions

February 8, 2016

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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This Children’s Day: It’s time to break Watson’s legacy in childrearing norms

November 20, 2015

By Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, API Cofounders and coauthors of Attached at the Heart Editor’s note: November 20 is Universal Children’s Day, created by the United Nations in 1954 to improve the well-being of children. As Attachment Parenting International (API) observes Children’s Day today, we want to remember the rights of children to a […]

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To spank, or not to spank?

September 8, 2015

I recently came across a social media post that opened with the following phrase: “Have to laugh at people who are against spanking.” The post stated that spanking leads to a child learning respect and boundaries with the absence of any trust issues and hatred toward the parent, and so on and so forth. It […]

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Choose to respond with love

July 7, 2015

It was getting close to time to leave the park, so I told my 5-year-old son he could do one last loop around the trail on his bike. We’d talked before going to the park about how he was allowed to ride along one loop of the trail, where he was constantly visible to me […]

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Responding with sensitivity when it’s hard

May 21, 2015

As an API Leader, I frequently give parents guidance on ways to respond to their children in different situations. But the truth is, I don’t always follow my own advice. As all parents know, it’s one thing to be removed from a situation and think about solutions rationally; it’s quite another to deal with a […]

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