We're Attached at the Heart, Valentine!
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Valentine’s Day at Hogwarts
The attachment theory of love in the world of Harry Potter.
New Study Confirms That Mom's Love Good for Child's Brain
children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a
larger hippocampus, a key structure important to learning, memory, and
response to stress.
25 Rules for Mothers of Sons
hope to inspire other moms who are loving, and struggling, and tired,
and proud, and eager to support the boys in their lives. You are the
most important woman in his life, his first teacher, and the one he will
look to for permission for the rest of his life. From 'Can I go play
with them?' to 'Should I ask her to marry me?' Its a big job, but as
the mumma, we're up for it."
50 Rules for Dads of Daughters
"1. Love her mom....
"2. Always be there...."
API Member and Want to Know How Else You Can Help?
you're a current API member and wonder how else you can help further
the important message of secure attachment, consider opting for an
electronic version of The Attached Family, rather than the printed and mailed copy you receive now. To change your preferences, email our Membership Liaison.
There are benefits! API is now publishing a longer issue of The Attached Family that is only available electronically, or through "print on demand."
|Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
Births Attended by Midwives Safe, Need Fewer Interventions
review of 21 studies comparing births attended by certified nurse
midwives or physicians found no difference in infant outcomes between
the 2 groups, and less use of interventions such as labor induction,
episiotomy, and epidurals by the nurses.
What Is the Impact of the Internet on Decision-Making in Pregnancy? A Global Study
need access to evidence-based information to make informed choices in
pregnancy. A search for health information is one of the major reasons
that people worldwide access the Internet.
CDC: Home Births Rise Nearly 30 Percent in U.S.
rate of home births in the United States has made a dramatic upturn
since 2004, reversing a trend of decline throughout the 1990s.
Richmond-Area Hospitals Move toward Baby-Friendly Status
in Richmond, Virginia, offer families plenty of childbirth and new-baby
perks - whirlpool tubs to labor in, free parenting classes and, at one
health system, an uninterrupted "magic hour" right after birth for
The Attached Family "Families at Play" Issue Is Available Now!
Watch your inboxes and mailboxes for your issue of The Attached Family "Families at Play," with tips, helpful and inspiring articles, the latest and tried and true on the topic of play! Features articles by international play expert Fred Donaldson, Larry Cohen, API contributing writers, and others.
|Feeding with Love and Respect
Baby Knows Best: Baby-Led Weaning Promotes Healthy Food Preferences
who are weaned using solid finger food are more likely to develop
healthier food preferences and are less likely to become overweight as
children than those who are spoon-fed pureed food.
Lung Function at School Age Better Thanks to Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is linked to enhanced lung function at school age, especially in children born to asthmatic mothers.
Positive Parenting during Early Childhood May Prevent Obesity
Programs that support parents during their child's early years hold promise for obesity prevention.
Volunteers Needed to Help with Breastfeeding Training
Vanderbilt University is looking for volunteers to help train resident physicians
in breastfeeding latch and positioning. The Baby Friendly
Initiative requires that resident doctors have breastfeeding training,
and the purpose of the "latch on" session is to provide this education.
with new babies, moms who are nursing toddlers, moms that are currently
tandem nursing, and moms who are currently pregnant and planning on
tandem nursing are all needed. A lactation consultant will go over latch
and positioning. The goal is for residents to understand nursing from a
mother's perspective. (What better person to ask than the nursing mom?!)
The session is scheduled for January 31st from 12:00-1:30 at VUMC. Questions? Call Dr. Johnston (Pediatrician, Children's Clinic East Hermitage), 615-232-8033, ext. 137.
|Ensure Safe Sleep, Emotionally and Physically
Confession: This Pediatrician Is a Sleep Softie
"This may not be a great confession to make as a pediatrician, but when it comes to sleep and kids, I am a total softie."
Sleepy Students Are at Greater Risk for Substance Abuse
a fact: Sleep is food for the brain; critical to our well-being. When
we do not get our needed amount of sleep, our bodies and minds suffer as
sleep deprivation kicks in. We feel grouchy and irritable, and our
level of alertness declines, as well as our coordination and our ability
to react. Our thinking becomes clouded and we may struggle to remember,
concentrate, and make decisions. For youth, insufficient sleep is
additionally shown to be associated with a variety of health-risk
behaviors, including adolescent drug and alcohol use.
API Annual Appeal
heard our appeal for help in our time of need and responded with
incredible support and desire for this mission to continue.
We are passionate in agreement that API's work, while making tremendous strides, is not yet finished. Thank you for all of your generous financial gifts to API
in support of the 2011 annual appeal. We received more donations, from
more individuals, from more countries, than any other appeal in API's
history, and with our ongoing revenue programs, nearing our budget for
celebrate and we will continue to do our part, working creatively and
efficiently for the greatest impact, making changes to help API be
sustainable for the long term. We hope you will continue to support API with the enthusiasm you have shown,
as we are held in the public trust, and rely on financial
contributions. We firmly believe there is no better investment than
investing in parents and children and their well being, for their
individual benefit, as well as the society at large in every facet of
Parent-Led Discussion Enhances Children’s Learning from Television
a first-of-its-kind study, children showed significant gains in
vocabulary and comprehension when parents asked them questions about the
content, rather than simply parking them in front of the screen.
What Would Honest Abe Lincoln Say?
national ethics survey on American youth finds one in three high
schoolers stealing from a store in the past year, two in five lying to
save money, and eight out of ten lying to their parents.
|Consistent and Loving Care
Mothers, Daycare, and Child Wellbeing in New Zealand
the long-term effects of daycare and cortisol release are not fully
understood, New Zealand must pause for thought, adhere to the tradition
of a principle of precaution, and assume that generally, maternal care
during early child development is better than daycare for child
wellbeing and later development. This is justified and prudent.
|Practice Positive Discipline
Child Abuse Affects More U.S. Kids Than SIDS
are usually the perpetrators of abuse, largely because they are
unprepared to deal with kids' crying. A little education could help
reverse the trend.
Physical Punishment of Children Potentially Harmful to Their Long-Term Development
have a primary responsibility for translating research and evidence
into guidance for parents and children, and they are credible and
influential voices for advancing public education and policy concerning
population health," state the authors. They can educate parents on
typical childhood behaviours, suggest positive disciplinary approaches,
and refer patients to public health and parenting programs and other
|Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life
A Reminder That Every Day Should Be Valentine's Day
API's interview with Harville Hendrix, Imago Relationship Therapy founder.
Reflection on How Couplehood Changes with Kids
11 at night and I'm preparing for a rare evening with my husband. He's
coming home from a four-hour round trip to pick up a bale of hay for our
goats and sheep, and called to say he was stopping to pick up a pizza.
I've got one kid in bed and the other sleeping on the couch.
"I almost don't know what to do with myself. Do I dare say I'm a little nervous? ..."
Attached at the Heart - Richmond Attachment Parenting
is no set way to practice attachment parenting. Every family unit is
different and must determine what works best within that unit. There is
no rule book. There is no right or wrong way to do this thing. However,
there are ways of going about things that can support and encourage
attachment, and there are ways that can break down and destroy