By Sonya Fehér, The Attached Family, reprinted with permission by Attachment Parenting International. Before my son was born, a friend gave me the book, Babyproofing Your Marriage. The book was based on very traditional gender roles and a husband who expected his wife to
“That’s what Attachment Parenting International is trying to do – to change culture from one that ignores the critical importance of attachment to one that embraces the normality of healthy family relationships, securely attached children and connected communities.” ~From the 2014 API Conference, Sept.
October is Attachment Parenting month! Celebrate with this roundup of some of our most popular AP articles. Why Early Attachment Matters Here, we look at what Attachment Theory tells us about the importance of early relationships for the development of an individual’s basic sense
At Pathways to Child Flourishing, Attachment Parenting International’s 20th Anniversary symposium, Peggy O’Mara (founder of Mothering.com) shared this statement about her parenting journey, “In the 70s there was no name attachment parenting just a desire to parent more naturally…Attachment parenting is not about rules but
While I was pregnant with my first baby, I wanted to breastfeed – but because I would save money and because breast milk is superior to formula. At that time, I didn’t know anything about attachment or how important breastfeeding behaviors are to the
The quality of love a caregiver gives during her child’s first years of life has a tremendous and long-term impact on that youngster. A life that could be described as emotionally healthy, happy, harmonious, constructive, and productive depends on the quality of love received
Any new parent can share horror stories of how arduous the fourth trimester is. Although I’d read that caring for a newborn was the hardest work I’d ever do, nothing could have really prepared me. I not only struggled with post-partum depression and anxiety,
The night I wrote vows to my son was as still as the night I labored. I think more about the day of his birth. I dressed in a robe and drips of sweat; my hair was pinned back with determination, my eyes drifted
Here’s the scene: There’s a baby. She’s crying. Hard. She’s in a stroller facing outward and her mother is pushing her. She is crying so hard her nose is running, her cheeks are flushed and tears are streaming from her eyes. She looks sick.
A mother’s attachment to her baby begins long before birth. By the last trimester many mothers feel like they know their babies, having been enjoying for months their familiar, reassuring movements in the womb. But what about men and pregnancy? What are a father's