Thank you, Pam Leo!

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Parent educator Pam Leo’s book, Connection Parenting, was the first Attachment Parenting book I ever picked up and it helped to change the course of my parenting journey – just as this book has influenced the thousands of parents before me, and after me, who flipped through its pages.

Connection Parenting brings together all the knowledge and experience of a woman who not only promoted attachment-promoting interactions between parents and children in her community but who saw success in her own home…not unlike so many attached parents who share their stories on API Speaks, in The Attached Family, and on the API Forum. What makes Connection Parenting stand out is how easy the concepts in the book could be taken off the pages and put to practice in real life, particularly for those parents who grew up in a home where punishments, such as spanking, were used. Many of us know how difficult the transition can be when going from a punishing mindset to one of true discipline, communication, and loving parenting.

Attachment Parenting International has long recognized the power of this book to influence generations of parents to raise their children in a nurturing, compassionate, empathic way. We have featured Connection Parenting in our API Reads online book club – you can read the archives in the API Reads section of the API Forum – and Pam was gracious enough to donate books to API to provide to members in the past. There’s no doubt that she’s a solid supporter of not only API but also of AP parents around the globe.

Now, Pam needs your help. She has been quite ill for some time now. Rebecca Thompson of The Consciously Parenting Project has been helping to continue spreading the message of Connection Parenting – Pam’s life’s work – and is now leading up a project of collecting stories and photographs from families from around the world who have been touched by Pam and Connection Parenting. These stories will be included in a book to be given to Pam. This an opportunity to share your story with the woman who helped make your story what it has become. Learn more at or share your story at

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Author: Rita Brhel

Rita Brhel, BS, CLC, API Leader, lives with her family near Hastings, NE, USA, where she works as a WIC Breastfeeding Counselor. She also writes for Mothering and La Leche League's New Beginnings.

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