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Parental presence: A compromised human right

April 15, 2016

A little more than half of all babies in the United States — 53% — are born into families that income-qualify for WIC, a federal supplemental nutrition program that serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and their children from birth to age 5 in the United States. Think about that for a second: Half […]

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What’s the harm in saying “there are starving kids in Africa” to get your child to eat his veggies?

December 16, 2015

You know this saying since it’s pretty much a parenting cliché used to cajole children to eat their vegetables: “There are starving children in Africa. You should be grateful that you have this food to eat.” I have never understood the logic that leads people to believe that mentioning such tragic information could motivate anyone […]

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Attachment Parenting and siblings

June 16, 2015

I am often amazed at how well my children get along. They are 9, 7 and 3 years old and each have very close, warm, secure and unique bonds with one another that very much enhance our family. My 9-year-old and 7-year-old daughters are 16 months apart. They are each others’ best friends, whether at […]

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How does Attachment Parenting inspire you?

February 24, 2015

Parenting is inspirational. Our children motivate us to become better role models, to move past our childhood hurts and to find new ways to nurture and guide our children. Mothers and fathers who have discovered Attachment Parenting (AP) find that their creative geniuses come alive as they question the status quo and dare to do […]

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This week on The Attached Family

May 31, 2011

The Importance of Making Mistakes So often, as parents, we try to prevent our kids from making mistakes. We issue warnings, reach out to help, or just do a job ourselves because we don’t want the hassle of fixing a mistake like a spill, fall, or ill-thought decision. But making mistakes is valuable and necessary […]

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Embracing Positive Discipline’s Challenges

April 25, 2011

Positive discipline doesn’t come instinctively for many people. In fact, that’s why most parents undertake positive discipline in the first place; they want to change their current instincts about raising children. They want to break the cycle of using traditional discipline methods that compromise the parent-child relationship, and they are forging their way in a […]

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10 Ways to Gently Respond When Children Say “I Can’t!”

October 2, 2010

Our son, Kieran, has been struggling with a bout of the “I cannot’s” lately. “I cannot take my shirt off, you do it mama.” “I cannot ride my scooter! I cannot!” “I cannot glue the ribbon on.” At first, I tried to isolate the problem: Am I asking him to do too much? His “can’ts” […]

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Does My Baby Need Routine Sleep Time?

September 13, 2010

Q: I get a lot of advice that babies and children do better if they have a routine way of doing everything, especially sleep time. Personally, it is very challenging for me to enforce a sleep time on my baby. How important is it to have schedules and routines for sleep, food, or other activities? […]

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