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Attachment Parenting International Welcomes Darcia Narvaez to the Board of Directors

Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame is the latest addition to the Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – April, 2014 – Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 70 locations around the world, announces its newest Board of Directors member, Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, Darcia Narvaez, PhD.

Dr. Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. She is an active blogger at Psychology Today (“Moral Landscapes”) and frequently blogs about parenting. She often writes about the importance of evolved parenting practices that match up with attachment parenting: Primal Parenting/Stone-Aged Parenting/Evolutionary Parenting/ Paleo Parenting. These terms refer to the evolved nest for young children that matches up with their maturational schedules: soothing perinatal experiences, extensive infant-initiated breastfeeding, constant touch, caregiver responsiveness, free play, multiple adult caregivers and extensive positive social support. She brings together scholars from across disciplines for symposia and joint writing projects. She studies and writes about the effects of early life experience on moral development. Her 2014 book is Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom.

She is a leader in the field of moral development scholarship with ten academic books, several curriculum books and over 100 articles and chapters. See her webpage.

“I’m thrilled and honored to join the API team because it is a grassroots organization that supports families and advocates for child wellbeing. I look forward to learning from my new colleagues and contributing what I can to API’s mission,” said Dr. Narvaez.

Dr. Narvaez grew up living in different Spanish-speaking countries but with Minnesota as a home base. In prior careers she was a church musician (organist, choir director), classroom and private music teacher at Brent International School in Baguio City, Philippines and King of Kings School in Roseville, Minnesota; middle school Spanish teacher at The Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota; and business owner. She also earned a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota; and is a published poet.

"API is pleased to welcome Darcia onto the Board of Directors. Her work in the evolutionary niche of infants and their care meshes so well with API's work of the last 20 years. Her efforts to advance these important messages through her research, writing, and outreach brings new strength to our common cause,” said API Executive Director, Samantha Gray.

Attachment Parenting is based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between the infant and parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to children’s emotional needs, enabling children to develop trust that their needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps children develop the capacity for secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships that follow them into adulthood.

Attachment Parenting International (API) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization founded in 1994 to network with parents, professionals and like-minded organizations around the world. API’s mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world. In addition to providing assistance in forming Attachment Parenting support groups, API functions as a clearinghouse providing educational materials,research information, consultative, referral and speaker services to promote Attachment Parenting concepts.

More information about Attachment Parenting International can be found at www.attachmentparenting.org.

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Attachment Parenting International Welcomes Margaret Feierabend to the Board of Directors

Community leader and advocate for families and children, Margaret Feierabend, is the latest addition to the Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – May, 2014 – Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 70 locations around the world, announces its newest Board of Directors member, community leader and advocate for children and families, Margaret Feierabend.

With a Masters Degree in Community Health Education, a husband who is a physician teacher of Family Medicine, Margaret began her community volunteer work in her home of Bristol Tennessee teaching childbirth and parenting classes.  Currently she serves on Bristol Tennessee City Council (16 Years), and actively promotes building assets with families, children and youth.  Her community accomplishments include being part of establishing several new programs and organizations serving the Bristol area.  Bristol has the honor of being identified as one of America's Promise's 100 Best Communities for Children and Youth. Margaret is proud of and grateful for her three loving and caring children to whom she is very attached and she is excited about her new role as grandparent of twins.

“I'm thrilled to welcome Margaret to our Board of Directors! Margaret brings a passion for the well being of children and youth. We'll benefit greatly from her experience with healthy communities and prevention strategies. She's dedicated herself to public service, serving many years as city councilwoman and mayor, as well as providing training and leadership to nonprofit organizations. Her experience, vision, and compassion will be invaluable to API," said Janet Jendron.

Margaret Feierabend said, “At the time my 3 children were born and I was teaching Red Cross childbirth and parenting classes, Cesarean rates were rising and breastfeeding was on a slow growth curve.  Today education and work to decrease Cesareans and increase breastfeeding as well as other attachment work needs to be done more than ever.  I am pleased to join the API board to help promote parenting that supports children for successful, meaningful lives. In our Bristol Tennessee Virginia Community I helped found Bristol's Promise whose goals include providing America's Promise's 5 Promises to our children and youth.  Attachment Parenting complements these goals and helps to further America's Promise nationally as well. I look forward to working with the API board.”

Attachment Parenting is based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between the infant and parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to children’s emotional needs, enabling children to develop trust that their needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps children develop the capacity for secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships that follow them into adulthood.

Attachment Parenting International (API) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization founded  in 1994 to network with parents, professionals and like-minded organizations around the world. API’s mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world. In addition to providing assistance in forming Attachment Parenting support groups, API functions as a clearinghouse providing educational materials,research information, consultative, referral and speaker services to promote Attachment Parenting concepts.   

More information about Attachment Parenting International can be found at www.attachmentparenting.org.

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Attachment Parenting International Welcomes Patti Lewis to the Board of Directors

Parenting and attachment support person for families of adoption and special needs is the latest addition to the Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – April, 2014 – Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 60 locations around the world, announces its newest Board of Directors member, advocate and support person of families of adoption and special needs, Patti Lewis.

Patti Hope Lewis brings accounting, event planning and Board experience to API, including five years on the Board of AnotherLook. She has many years of experience as a La Leche League International (LLLI) Leader in Atlanta, Georgia, where she's served as a parenting and attachment support to many parents in the areas of adoption and special needs. As the entrepreneur of her bookkeeping company, PJ Balances, and the Treasurer of the LLL Alumnae Association, she offers API unique experience. API can also benefit from her expertise as the CFO for Aspen Productions, a full service event company. Patti has three sons: Nicholas, 27; Kevin 24; Harrison, 18. She also enjoys travel, hiking, reading, gardening, ATV riding on dirt tracks and driving her Mazda Miata convertible.

Janet Jendron said, “Having Patti Lewis on the API Board is an answer to a prayer. We've been needing her financial expertise, as well as her many years of experience with attachment parenting. I've worked with Patti for many years, with La Leche League International. API is blessed to have her commitment and ‘real world’ experience in parenting in adoptive and special needs situations.”

“Parenting is a growth opportunity. We can heal ourselves and our past childhood. We continue to grow and heal as we parent our children and others’ children. Committing to be attached is a lifelong goal for spiritual growth. API gives us the tools and resources to parent with love and compassion. The founders of API, Lisa & Barbara, as well as the president of API's Board of Directors, Janet, are women that I have admired for decades. Their commitment to parenting inspires me to continue on the journey to support health family connections,” said Patti Lewis.

Attachment Parenting is based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between the infant and parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to children’s emotional needs, enabling children to develop trust that their needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps children develop the capacity for secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships that follow them into adulthood.

Attachment Parenting International (API) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization founded in 1994 to network with parents, professionals and like-minded organizations around the world. API’s mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world. In addition to providing assistance in forming Attachment Parenting support groups, API functions as a clearinghouse providing educational materials,research information, consultative, referral and speaker services to promote Attachment Parenting concepts.

More information about Attachment Parenting International can be found at www.attachmentparenting.org.

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Attachment Parenting International Welcomes Karen Walant to the Board of Directors

Mother, author and major contributing member of the social work community is the latest addition to the API Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – June, 2014 – Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 60 locations around the world, announces its newest Board of Directors member, mother, author and major contributing member of the social work community, Karen Walant.

API Resource Advisory Council members are experts in their professional fields, giving advice, lending their expertise, and supporting the mission and vision of API.

“Karen Walant is a longtime friend and supporter of API and we warmly welcome her to a more visible and active role as a new member of API’s Board of Directors. Karen’s career and work as a mother, therapist, writer and more has been based in her deep understanding and advocacy of attachment theory. Karen’s work with API will help inform and mend the culturally normative parenting practices that have imperceptibly disengaged from healthier, innate attachment and caregiving,” said Art Yuen.

Dr. Karen B. Walant is the author of the book, Creating the Capacity for Attachment: Treating Addictions and the Alienated Self. Now in its fourth printing, this book has helped lead the way in the recent explosion of interest in attachment and attachment-based treatment. A pioneer in the application of attachment principles to addiction and spirituality, Walant most recently returned for a second engagement to speak at the Harvard Medical School Treating the Addictions Conference, receiving one of the highest speaker ratings.

“Having been a member of the Advisory Board of API since its inception, I am very excited to join the Board of Directors, and the opportunity to work more closely with such a remarkable and dedicated group of people.  I fully believe that the mission of API is of great value to our families and our society," said Walant.

Previously, she has been the keynote speaker for MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland Ohio, in a conference entitled Disconnected in Today’s World: Loneliness, Addiction, and Attachment Disorder. She has led all-day clinical workshops on attachment and addiction, such as a full-day sponsored by the Marriage and Family Therapists Association in Amarillo, Texas. She has also spoken at Grand Rounds at Four Winds Hospital-Katonah, NY on topics related to attachment and psychotherapy.

Over the years, Walant has presented at numerous organizations including: The Rockland County New York Psychological Association, The Family and Children’s Aid of Greater Norwalk, CT, The Cincinnati Center for Self Psychology, The Georgia Psychological Association, St. John’s Episcopal Church Parenting Series in North Salem, NY, and The New York Council on Alcoholism. She has developed a parenting series entitled Connection, Cooperation and Communication, and speaks with parents at both public and private schools on issues of attachment, empathy, and emotional intelligence. She is a frequent speaker at The Family University at John Barlow High School and Ridgefield High School. She has taught at New York University School of Social Work and is a supervisor for private practitioners in the wider New York Metropolitan area.

Walant is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Worker with a Ph.D. from New York University in Social Work. She served nearly 20 years on the Advisory Board of Attachment Parenting International and is a contributor to their newsletter. She is the current President of the Parents’ Association and a Board of Trustee member at The Harvey School, and started the HarveySpeaks program, a unique Family University-style program adapted to the needs of the school. She maintains a private practice in Ridgefield, CT where she lives with her husband and their teen-age fraternal twin sons. Their daughter, Anna, is rising senior at Pratt Institute, studying Industrial Design, and their sons will graduate from Harvey in 2013. William will be attending Hamilton College in the fall, and Benjamin will attend Rhode Island School of Design.

Attachment Parenting is based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between the infant and parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to children’s emotional needs, enabling children to develop trust that their needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps children develop the capacity for secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships that follow them into adulthood.

Attachment Parenting International (API) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization founded in 1994 to network with parents, professionals and like-minded organizations around the world. API’s mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world. In addition to providing assistance in forming Attachment Parenting support groups, API functions as a clearinghouse providing educational materials,research information, consultative, referral and speaker services to promote Attachment Parenting concepts.

More information about Attachment Parenting International can be found at www.attachmentparenting.org.

API Reads Selection for June, July, and August 2014: Attached at the Heart

The discussion of Attached at the Heart (2nd edition) by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker has begun! The  topics we’ll be discussing in July will be :

  • Principle 3: Responding with Sensitivity - Learning the Language of Love
  • Principle 4: Use Nurturing Touch - The Healing Power of Physical Closeness
  • Principle 5: Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally - The Critical Importance of Nighttime Needs
  • Principle 6: Provide Consistent, Loving Care - Keeping Baby’s Attachment Secure

Our discussions happen on GoodReads. We’ll be reading Attached at the Heart for the months of June, July, and a part of August.

API Reads Selection for June, July, and August 2014: Attached at the Heart

The long awaited discussion of Attached at the Heart (2nd edition) by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker has begun!

The  topics we’ll be discussing in June will be:

  • Introduction
  • Charting a New Course: Breaking the Ties That Bind
  • Principle 1: Prepare Yourself for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting - What Every Parent Needs to Know
  • Principle 2: Feed with Love and Respect - Beginning the Attachment Process
  • Principle 3: Responding with Sensitivity - Learning the Language of Love

Our discussions happen on GoodReads. We’ll be reading Attached at the Heart for the months of June, July, and August.

API Reads Selection for June, July, and August: Attached at the Heart, 2nd Edition

API Announces “Voices of Breastfeeding” Double Edition of Attached Family

New Magazine Issue Advocates for Increased Support of Compassionate Infant-Feeding Choices

In honor of the millions of women who have come together throughout history to support one another in motherhood, Attachment Parenting International (API) is pleased to announce the latest edition of Attached Family magazine. This double “Voices of Breastfeeding” issue spotlights both the cultural explosion of breastfeeding advocacy as well as the challenges still to overcome.

“This issue of the magazine has been a long time in the making,” said Rita Brhel, Editor of the Attached Family and API Publications Coordinator. “We wanted to create a resource that is helpful to all mothers, both those who were able to breastfeed their babies and those who were unable to.”

The “Voices of Breastfeeding” edition of Attached Family is divided into an “Advocating for Acceptance” issue that identifies the ever-growing movement of mothers inspired to campaign for society’s embrace of breastfeeding, and a “Meeting Challenges with Compassion” issue that recognizes that there are circumstances when breastfeeding is difficult, if not impossible, highlighting the importance of empathetic support for all infant-feeding choices.

“Ideally, I would have liked to have breastfed all three of my children,” Brhel said. “But Attachment Parenting International supports parents in all walks of life, including mothers who are unable to breastfeed, and I was able to learn how to meet my child’s attachment needs through sensitive responsiveness beyond breastfeeding.”

This edition of Attached Family was also made in appreciation of longtime magazines like MotheringNew Beginnings, and Breastfeeding Today, which paved the way to widespread support for breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting conversations among mothers, and now fathers, and by extension, contributing to the breastfeeding movement that eventually influenced the research and medical communities.

“API is pleased to give a voice to our breastfeeding struggles, those related to society’s acceptance as well as those shared by mother and baby,” said Samantha Gray, Executive Director of Attachment Parenting International. “Emphasizing healthy attachment and relationship, it is natural that we speak up collectively to further advocacy efforts and gather together regularly to give personal support. Our contributors, led by Rita’s editorial vision and passion for breastfeeding support, have captured that perspective in this double issue.”

Scattered throughout the “Voices of Breastfeeding” edition of Attached Family are parent stories, project highlights and additional resources from around and beyond API, as well as the following features:

·         “The Real Breastfeeding Story” detailing exactly how far industrial society has come in accepting breastfeeding, yet also how far we have yet to go, which includes a look at “Extended Nursing Around the World”

·         “Sometimes Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work” explains the hard decisions some mothers made regarding their infant-feeding choices

·         An interview with Katrina Pavlik, founder of “Breastfeed, Chicago!” and an accompanying photo essay of breastfeeding families in Chicago, Illinois, USA

·         “Nature’s Case for Breastfeeding” featuring Attachment Parenting researcher Jeanne Stolzer from the University of Nebraska, USA

·         A recap of the past century’s infant-feeding landscape in “The History of Formula Use”

·         API’s debut of the Parent Support Deserts project with a presentation of infant-feeding support deserts within the United States

·         “Why Relationship with Your Baby Matters” by API’s Knowledgebase Coordinator Art Yuen

“This edition of Attached Family continues API’s goal of providing research-backed information in an environment of respect, empathy and compassion in order to support parents in making decisions for their families and to create support networks in their communities,” Brhel said.

API thanks cosponsors of this special edition of Attached Family: Arm’s Reach Concepts, Katie M. Berggren, Green Child Magazine, Momzelle and The Infant-Parent Institute for their generous contributions.

 

Attachment Parenting International Welcomes Lisa Reagan to the API Resource Advisory Council

Co-Founder of Families for Conscious Living and Executive Editor of Kindred is the latest addition to the API Resource Advisory Council

Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 60 locations around the world, announces its newest Resource Advisory Council member, cofounder of Families for Conscious Living and Executive Editor of Kindred, Lisa Reagan.

On a mother (of a) quest for 15 years as a journalist, activist and nonprofit visionary, Lisa Reagan explores the space between our unsustainable industrial story and the emerging story of what is possible for Cultural Creative families – who are leading the way forward.

Lisa is a co-founder of the nonprofit, Families for Conscious Living and the executive editor of, Kindred. Her vision of serving Cultural Creative families is currently carried forward through nonprofit collaborations and over 300 international Pathways Connect Gathering Groups sponsored by the award-winning, conscious living magazine, Pathways to Family Wellness.

Lisa is featured in the film documentary, The Love Bomb. Her forthcoming books share her 15-year adventure exploring the conscious living movement.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lisa Reagan to the Resource Advisory Council for API. Lisa is a dedicated parent, talented journalist and a long time supporter of the ideals and principles of API.  We look forward to many years of collaboration with her and her various endeavors!”  said Barbara Nicholson, API cofounder with Lysa Parker.

Lisa Reagan states that "Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson are two of the most influential and inspirational people in my life. They were there for me at the beginning of my own conscious parenting journey and I have been delighted to continue to know and work with them through the years.” She adds, “As API comes into its 20th anniversary as a dynamic and mature nonprofit, and attachment science continues to flourish, I am honored to be a member of the Resource Advisory Council, and serve alongside the scholars and advocates of the API research team."

API Resource Advisory Council members are experts in their professional fields, giving advice, lending their expertise, and supporting the mission and vision of API.

Attachment Parenting is based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong

emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between the infant and parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to children’s emotional needs, enabling children to develop trust that their needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps children develop the capacity for secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships that follow them into adulthood.

Attachment Parenting International (API) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization founded

in 1994 to network with parents, professionals and like-minded organizations around the world. API’s mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world. In addition to providing assistance in forming Attachment Parenting support groups, API functions as a clearinghouse providing educational materials,research information, consultative, referral and speaker services to promote Attachment Parenting concepts.

API Reads Selection for March, April, and May 2014: Giving the Love that Heals

We’ve started talking about Giving the Love That Heals by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D.

Just a few of the topics we’ll be discussing in April will be:

  • Growing Yourself Up

  • The Stage of Attachment

  • The Stage of Exploration

  • The Stage of Identity

  • The Stage of Competence

So far we’ve learned how our unconscious mind has controlled most of our parenting based upon our own upbringing. We do have the power to change these unconscious decisions though. We can do so through our actions and our intentional dialogue with our children. We’ve been having a few deep discussions. Our discussions happen on GoodReads. The next book up for discussion in June, July, and August will be Attached at the Heart, 2nd Edition by Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson.

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