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Generation AP: An interview with Patricia Mackie

July 11, 2014

In celebration of Attachment Parenting International’s 20th Anniversary, this two-part “Generation AP” series recognizes today’s second-generation Attachment Parenting parents. The second part of this series will be published next Friday. This is the first part:   “When I experienced major emotions, I would just shut down. My mom would sit with me for hours and […]

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Transitions in Attachment Parenting: Infancy to Toddlerhood, Part 5

December 3, 2013

We are concluding this series with two more of the most common challenges of transitioning from infancy to toddlerhood as your baby grows. Here is what parents had to say… What do you find most challenging about transitioning from using AP in infancy to using AP in toddlerhood? Challenge: Understanding Needs vs. Wants Figuring out […]

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Transitions in Attachment Parenting: Infancy to Toddlerhood, Part 3

November 20, 2013

We are continuing this series with two more of the most common challenges of transitioning from infancy to toddlerhood as your baby grows. Here is what parents had to say … What do you find most challenging about transitioning from using AP in infancy to using AP in toddlerhood? Challenge: Not Listening “NO! NO! NO!” […]

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Transitions in Attachment Parenting: Infancy to Toddlerhood, Part 1

November 6, 2013

This is Part 1 in a 5-part series of the most common kinds of challenges AP parents go through when our kids grow out of infancy and into toddlerhood. What do you find most challenging about transitioning from using AP in infancy to using AP in toddlerhood? I asked this question on the API Facebook […]

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Parenting Outside the Box

October 30, 2013

This year’s theme for AP Month, “Parenting Creatively: The Art of Parenting,” gives us all an opportunity to look a little closer at the ways in which we are (or are not) fostering creativity in our parenting approach. It’s often easy to play creatively, but it’s a bit harder to find our creative flow in […]

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Connection Before Correction: How Attachment Leads Our Discipline Style

February 27, 2013

In my parenting, the goal of obedience doesn’t exist. It’s important to emphasize the part about it being a goal. Notice that I didn’t say, “Obedience doesn’t exist in our household.” I mean that our children’s obedience to my husband and me is not something we specifically aim for. I get its importance, though, and I […]

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Why Kids Don’t Need Praise (And What They Need Instead)

February 1, 2013

Recently, I was chatting with a mom at the playground about kids’ behavior, and she commented to me that kids need praise and approval from their parents, as there are too many dysfunctional adults in the world to indicate otherwise. To this, my response was, “I think what they need more than praise and approval […]

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Our Children’s Behavior and How We Respond to the Challenges

November 26, 2012

I was recently asked by a few people to write on the subject of behavior and how I deal with my boys when things aren’t smooth and easy. Tonight feels like the night to share on this subject. Today was a crazy, challenging day and somehow, we all survived and communicated through it without anyone […]

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