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Best Practices for Raising Kids? Look to Hunter-Gatherers
Hold them, share them, let them run free. Why the traditional way of raising kids is better than ours.
Modern Parenting May Hinder Brain Development
Social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children.
Self-Soothing. Possibly the Biggest Lie Ever Foisted on Parents
"It figures it would be the latest propaganda about baby sleep that would wake me from my blogging slumber."
Children's Right to Play: An Examination of the Importance of Play in the Lives of Children Worldwide
perspectives have justified play as linked to education and
development, seen it as a part of the movement to eliminate child
labour, or promoted its therapeutic value in crisis situations. This
paper encompasses these traditional perspectives, but also sets out a
broader and more far-reaching understanding of play..."
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|Preparing for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
The Attached Family: New Baby Edition!
The newest edition
... is being published now! Make sure you have signed up for API
Membership--it's free, and you'll receive the notice and download
information for the latest The Attached Family, as well as other benefits! Features include:
- The Benefits of a Natural Birth
- Healing Through Your Birth Story
- Why Early Attachment Matters
- The New Science of Babies' Brains and Stress
- The Heartbreak of Pregnancy Loss
- API Leader Wisdom
- Papas & Mamas Sing for Healthy Birth Highlights
- Why Prevention Work Like API's Matters
- Book Review of Simplicity Parenting
- Eight pages of Q&As!
- Nonviolent Communication and Parenting
- And Much More!
API's Annual Appeal - Thank you!
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|Feeding with Love and Respect
Nursing In Public Hotline
Best for Babes is taking action against nursing
in public harassment. We believe in protecting the legal, civil, and
human rights of breastfeeding moms and babies.
Is the Medical Community Failing Breastfeeding Moms?
because lactation is probably the only bodily function for which modern
medicine has almost no training, protocol or knowledge. When women have
trouble breastfeeding, they're either prodded to try harder by
well-meaning lactation consultants or told to give up by doctors.
They're almost never told, "Perhaps there's an underlying medical
problem - let's do some tests."
Establishing the Fourth Trimester
Selvin's provocative article (see above), "Is the Medical Community
Failing Breastfeeding Moms? has elicited a wide range of reactions from
the breastfeeding community. Some have argued that the piece, which
focuses on unmet needs of mothers who encounter physiologic problems
with breastfeeding, "sensationalizes" breastfeeding, making it sound so
treacherous and difficult that mothers should avoid it altogether.
There’s a very fine line between "sensationalizing" and "truth in advertising."
Welcome the New Congress & Deliver the Good News that Breastfeeding is Good for Families, Employers, & Economy!
January 24, MomsRising and U.S. Breastfeeding Committee volunteers will
deliver your welcome notes along with "funny money" to each member of
Congress. A dollar-shaped notepad and coin-shaped magnet (both featuring
the phrase "Breastfeeding Saves Dollars and Makes Sense") will be a
fun, pun-filled, lighthearted way to get our message noticed, and also,
importantly, to help shape the discussion about breastfeeding for the
Breastmilk Contains More Than 700 Species of Bacteria
researchers have traced the bacterial microbiota map in breastmilk,
which is often the main source of nourishment for newborns. The study
has revealed a larger microbial diversity than originally thought: more
than 700 species.
Lansinoh Study Reveals Nearly Half of U.S. Moms Uncomfortable Breastfeeding in Public
ages and geographic locations dramatically affect opinions about
breastfeeding in public, understanding of related health benefits, and
perceptions about infant formula.
The La Leche League's 57 Years of Helping New Mothers
group of seven mothers got together at the behest of a family
physician, Gregory White, to share their "expertise" on breastfeeding
with other new mothers in his practice. His concern was that a mere
doctor couldn't know how to help them as much as another breastfeeding
"We seven, who at one point had a combined total
of well over 60 children, did just that, and ended up becoming an
international organization, giving help and encouragement to thousands
of mothers all over the world. We wrote personal letters to them, spoke
to the thousands who phoned us and sent them pages and pages of
print-outs from the book we put together: "The Womanly Art of
Breast-feeding." It became a best seller and with our person-to-person
approach these mothers succeeded in nursing their babies where so many
before them had failed."
|Responding with Sensitivity
The Problem with Empathy
One parent reflects on the painful side of empathy when tragedy strikes.
Outrospection and Empathy
Introspection is out, and outrospection is in.
Empathy First: A Parenting Story
Emily Cherkin shares a personal reflection on how to be a better parent by starting with empathy.
The Roots of Respect
it comes to teaching our children how to see each other, to speak to
each other, and to treat each other, true respect must always be rooted
in empathy. Here are three easily adaptable parenting tips from Mary
Empathy and Compassion in Society: Starting the Debate for Positive Change
Highlights from the Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference held in London.
become role models of trust, respect and compassion, and little ones
respond according to the bond and connection established in their
upbringing. We’ve developed eight principles of parenting as a guide for parents."
|Ensure Safe Sleep, Emotionally and Physically
"Let Crying Babes Lie"? So Wrong
training ignores baby's need. Letting crying babes lie ISN'T nuanced
care. It is the exact opposite. Letting crying babes lie presumes that
what is wrong is the crying. And it presumes that the crying stems from either wrong types of care or infants' bad habits.
Co-Sleeping/Bedsharing: The Research Speaks for Itself
practice of putting an infant in his own room, in his own crib, is a
relatively new practice. It is estimated to be between 150-200 years
old. It is also considered to be a very "Western" practice, most
commonly found in America. Anthropologists believe that the practice
comes from the Western ideal of "personal independence". Much like with
weaning a child early, we expect our children to be independent from
Baby Sleep Training: Mistakes "Experts" and Parents Make
world of "experts" and journalists tell parents about the safety of
"controlled crying" or "cry it out" techniques to make babies sleep. The
advice has multiple mistaken premises and conclusions about what is
normal and good for babies.
|SPECIAL SECTION: Breaking the Cycle of Violence
Ending Violence in Children's Lives: A Resolution We Cannot Afford to Break
the mass shooting in Newtown, expressions of public outrage and sadness
have been rampant. The demand for action appears unprecedented. But as
we start 2013, we need to ask ourselves why the collective outrage from
past tragedies in Aurora, Virginia Tech and Columbine did not translate
into the level of action we need. Unlike some of the new year's
commitments we make as individuals, doing something effective about the
epidemic of shootings and killings that plagues this country every day
is a resolution we can't afford to break.
Community Violence and Young Children: Making Space for Hope
edition of Early Childhood Matters looks at the effects of community
violence on young children. Articles explore: the idea that violence
should be thought of as a public health problem analogous to infectious
disease; examine from a scientific perspective the impacts on children's
social, emotional, and cognitive development of growing up in a violent
community; share first-hand insights from children and caregivers; and
explore various interventions, from the favelas of Recife, Brazil, to
the inner cities of Chicago, Illinois, United States (US), and Glasgow,
Scotland, which are offering a tangible sense of hope.
Early Childhood Matters
Early Childhood Matters
is the journal of the Bernard van Leer Foundation. Aimed at an
international audience of practitioners and policymakers, it tackles
contemporary themes in early childhood, with contributions from both
foundation-supported projects and outside experts drawn from the fields
of practice, policy, and academia.
Childhood Trauma Leaves Its Mark on the Brain
is well known that violent adults often have a history of childhood
psychological trauma. Some of these individuals exhibit very real,
physical alterations in a part of the brain called the orbitofrontal
cortex. Yet a direct link between such early trauma and neurological
changes has been difficult to find, until now.
|Consistent and Loving Care
Five Great Ways to Connect with Your Teenager
Parenting isn't just important in the baby years. The teen years are
some of the most important ones in terms of keeping that connection with
|Practice Positive Discipline
The End of Spanking?
in anti-tobacco efforts, anti-corporal punishment activists have
started squeezing spanking from the public sphere, shrinking the number
of places where it is acceptable to swat a child.
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|Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life
"'Mommy, I think you should use your Breathing Tool.'
So said, Alex, my kindergartener, as I
frantically raced through the back streets of Berkeley, cursing under my
breath, clenching the steering wheel, snapping at my boys, all the
while attempting to get them to their soccer matches on time. My efforts
were in vain as we arrived late. I was harried and impatient - not one
of my finer parenting moments.
Yet Alex’s words grabbed me, and I immediately
shifted my emotions. From the mouth of my babe I was brought back to
center, to what's most important - regulating my emotions so I'm present
and connected to others, my environment, and myself. The hustle and
bustle of working parenthood can sometimes unnerve me. I'm awed to be
reminded by my five-year-old, who regularly makes use of his Toolbox,
that I have a Toolbox available, too."
Online Message Boards Provide Outlets for Mothers' Concerns
infants and toddlers can be challenging, and for generations, mothers
have turned to other moms for advice. Now, with the availability of the
Internet, mothers are consulting each other using modern venues: online
message boards. Research from the University of Missouri indicates
online discussion boards provide safe environments for mothers to
anonymously express child-rearing concerns and receive support from