Consistent Caregivers, Healthy Relationships and More
API's Eight Principles of Parenting are recommended companion readings as the foundation and context for all of our research-based resources.
Babies and young children depend on a consistent, loving, responsive caregiver for survival. These important early relationships also "train" the baby's nervous system to manage relationships and stress.
Responsive care filled with play and loving interactions help babies develop positive relationships, a healthy sense of self and beneficial stress management skills.
Free Resources from API's Library and Publications
- Provide Consistent and Loving Care - one of API's Eight Principles of Parenting
- How frequently should I hold my baby?
- Read Bonding With Your Newborn by William Sears, MD
- API Interviews Harville Hendrix about his book "Giving the Love that Heals" (1 hr audio)
- The Secondary Attachment: A Look at Bowlby’s Theory
- Parenting Style Changes Gene Expression
- Every Parent-Child Interaction Shapes the Brain
- The Role of Attachment in Healing Infant Depression