We are all children of society, but we are also mothers.
We have to nourish society.
If we are uprooted from society, we cannot transform it
into a more livable place for us and for our children.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Ability to Love Takes Root in Earliest Infancy
The ability to trust, love, and resolve conflict with loved ones starts in childhood - way earlier than you may think.
Is Crying It Out Dangerous for Kids?
"crying it out" about establishing independence? Or is it just a way of
making those early years easier for parents? One researcher says that
crying it out could be dangerous for children, leading to a lifetime of
Quality of Mother-Toddler Relationship Linked to Teen Obesity
quality of the emotional relationship between a mother and her young
child could affect the potential for that child to be obese during
Teens Who Express Differences with Mom Might Also Resist Peer Pressure
parents who are frequently at odds with an argumentative adolescent
might take heart from the findings of new research on teens, their moms,
and their friends.
Oh Baby: Ina May Gaskin on the Medicalization of Childbirth
May Gaskin is sometimes referred to as the "midwife of modern
midwifery" because of the role sheís played in the rebirth of that
profession in the United States.
Playing for Keeps: Play That Keeps Love, Creativity, and Belonging First
Register now for API Live! with international play expert
Monday, January 23, 2012, at 9pm EST/6pm PST join API Live to learn about Original Play and
how we can understand it as parents for fostering self-esteem,
transformation, security, welcoming, adaptation, and many more qualities
for our children's development and health.
|Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
Myths and Truths of Obesity and Pregnancy
despite excessive caloric intake, many obese women are deficient in
vitamins vital to a healthy pregnancy. This and other startling
statistics abound when obesity and pregnancy collide. Together, they
present a unique set of challenges that women and their doctors must
tackle in order to achieve the best possible outcome for mom and baby.
How Pregnancy Changes a Woman's Brain
know a lot about the links between a pregnant mother's health,
behavior, and moods and her baby's cognitive and psychological
development once it is born. But how does pregnancy change a mother's
brain? "Pregnancy is a critical period for central nervous system
development in mothers," says psychologist Laura M. Glynn of Chapman
University. "Yet we know virtually nothing about it."
Saving Lives of Women and Children
new three-year study has come up with a global consensus on how to
reduce the number of women who die during pregnancy and child birth. The
recommendations are also expected to help lower the number of children
who die before age five. Itís estimated nearly 360,000 women die each
year during pregnancy and childbirth and 7.6 million children die before
Stress in Early Pregnancy Can Lead to Shorter Pregnancies and Fewer Baby Boys
in the second and third months of pregnancy can shorten pregnancies,
increase the risk of pre-term births, and affect the ratio of boys to
girls being born, leading to a decline in male babies. These are the
conclusions of a study that investigated the effect on pregnant women of
the stress caused by the 2005 Tarapaca earthquake in Chile.
|Feeding with Love and Respect
Breastfeeding Campaign Launched in Vietnam to Prevent Stunted Growth
A breastfeeding and complementary feeding campaign was launched in Vietnam to combat stunted growth among children under five.
Breastfeeding Saved Babies in 19th-Century Montreal
increased infant survival rates in 19th-century Montreal in two major
ways: mother's milk protected vulnerable infants from food and water
contaminated by fecal bacteria, while breastfeeding postponed the
arrival of more siblings and that improved the health of mothers as well
as their subsequent children.
|Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life
Top Ten Tips to Limit Your Childís Screen Time without Scream Time!
year old Kyle received no less than nine new computer and video games
for the holidays and his parents are wondering how to keep him under the
health professionalsí recommended screen time limit of one and a half
hours a day without Kyle throwing a fit. From API Canadian partner and
Council member, Judy Arnall.
Health Department Launches "Positive Parenting" Education Program
city of Hamilton public health staff know parenting is difficult, and
they want to help. Public Health Services and the Best Start Network
have launched a positive parenting campaign to increase awareness of
the challenges of raising young children and provide tools for
addressing childrenís behavior.
|Special Section: Healthy, Smart, Attached Kids
Research Shows Value of Parents When Kids Watch TV
research at Vanderbilt University shows that children learn as much from
television viewing when parents participate as they would during book
Few Allergies in Unstressed Babies
new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows that infants with
low concentrations of the stress-related hormone cortisol in their
saliva develop fewer allergies than other infants. Hopefully this new
knowledge will be useful in future allergy prevention.
How Stress Is Really Hurting Our Kids
New science shows that childhood trauma can cause cancer, heart disease, and other problems.
Building Healthy Adults Starts in Childhood
evidence indicates that early childhood adversity and "toxic stress"
have harmful effects on mental and physical health that can last a
The Hormone Surge of Middle Childhood
superficially, the part of youth that the psychologist Jean Piaget
called middle childhood looks tame and uneventful, a quiet patch of road
on the otherwise hairpin highway to adulthood. Yet as new findings from
neuroscience, evolutionary biology, paleontology and anthropology make
clear, middle childhood is anything but a bland placeholder.
The Roots of Empathy
of Empathy, a Canadian bullying prevention program introduced in
America for the first time through Seeds of Compassion in 2007 has been
so successful in Seattle that it will be rolled out nationally in 2012.
Keep watching, you'll be glad you did.
|Top 10 AP Articles in 2011 - Links Readers' Favorites
#1 Boy Toddlers Need Extra Help Coping with Negative Emotions
#2 Mothers' Hard Work Pays Off with Big Brains for Their Babies
#3 Mothering Styles Can Predict Adult Relationships
#4 Why Spoiled Babies Grow Up to Be Smarter, Kinder Kids
#5 12 Ways to Mess Up Your Kids
#6 How Couples Recover after an Argument Stems from Their Infant Relationships
#7 Fathers' Presence Linked to Enhanced Intellect, Well-Being among Children
#8 Desperate Breastfeeding Moms Reveal Secrets
#9 Meet the Newest TODAY Moms Blogger: Mayim Bialik
#10 Independence Requires Attachment