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New Reality Show on "Extreme Parenting"
new television program called "Extreme Parenting" is being developed by
the same team that's behind shows like "Dance Moms" and "Bridezillas,"
so they're no stranger to controversial topics. What type of "extreme" practices will the show cover? Brace yourself. Breastfeeding a baby after the first birthday! Even more shocking? Sharing a family bed!
API does not support any reality programs as healthy for children or adults, or as even representative of reality. API has received numerous requests to participate but chooses rather to focus on its mission educating and supporting families. API has, of course, urged producers to consider the families' wellbeing and extensive evidence supporting attachment parenting.
Why Does Everyone Pretend There's a "Spanking Debate"?
questions really don't have two sides. "Is it okay to do something to
your child that would land you in jail if you did it to a stranger on
the street?" is one of those. You can phrase it other ways too - like
"Is it okay to hurt a child because it serves your immediate goal when
science shows it can lead to long-term harm?" But there is still just
Attachment Parenting: Can Baby Be Too Attached?
the naughty step: the new trend in parenting is for baby-wearing,
bed-sharing and breastfeeding. But could constantly giving in to an
infant's needs be harmful?
|Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
body is not a lemon. It's as well made as other mammals. We just worry
more." Ina May Gaskin, esteemed for her work in midwifery and natural
birth, has been recognized in a new lauded documentary, "Birth Story."
Learn more about her valuable contributions.
Economic Challenges Affect Parenting
we make sure children grow up in households and communities where they
are nurtured, we won't be successful as a country," he says. "I think
people understand education is a piece of the puzzle, and I think
there's increasing awareness we have to do more than just focus on
schools." "McCarthy says addressing the needs of children has to include expanding and maintaining services to parents." And more on how poverty affects mothers.
When Becoming a New Mother is Painful
say 10% to 20% of new mothers experience it: a steep drop in mood
that's far more devastating and lasts far longer than two or three
weeks of the so-called baby blues.
On the API Blog
Crying as Sport?
Helping Older Kids Adjust to a New Baby
Extra Pair of Eyes
|Feeding with Love and Respect
Mayor Bloomberg Gives Breastfeeding a Chance
it goes into effect in September, nurses in participating hospitals
will be instructed not to give formula to babies unless there's a
medical reason to do so or unless moms specifically request it... Formula
will be locked away like medication, and staff will be required to
sign it out, track its distribution and report those figures to the
Health Department... Twenty-seven of the city's 40 hospitals have agreed
Increasing Breastfeeding Duration: One Sling at a Time!
This study surprised even a sling-wearing, card-carrying member of the babywearing fan club!
Breastfeeding Cuts Obesity Risk Decades Later
and breastfeeding have significant, but opposite, effects on long-term
weight. Scientists found that the more children a woman has, the heavier
she was likely to be in later life. But average BMI was lower in women
who breastfed, irrespective of how many times they had given birth.
False Infant Formula Claims: FDA Concludes Whey-Protein Partially Hydrolyzed Baby Formulas Are Not Hypoallergenic
claims by manufacturers that 100 percent whey-protein partially
hydrolyzed infant formula is a hypoallergenic alternative for babies who
are allergic to milk or babies with existing milk allergy symptoms, the
FDA concluded that such claims are not backed up by legitimate
Attached at the Heart's New Facebook Page
Pediatricians Align to Renounce Formula Gift Bags in Their Practices
Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding website announces today adoption
of a resolution passed last month regarding formula "gift bags":
"...gifts via commercial infant formula marketing implicitly endorses
formula feeding and creates the
impression that clinicians favor formula feeding over breastfeeding,
and research demonstrates that this activity decreases exclusivity and
duration of breastfeeding, therefore be it RESOLVED, that the Academy
advise pediatricians not to provide formula company gift bags, coupons,
and industry-authored handouts to the parents of newborns and infants
in office and clinic settings."
Breastfeeding Rates Continue to Rise!
out the stats for your state, including the number of La Leche League
Leaders per live births and other indicators for available breastfeeding
assistance. We know API Support Groups also help contribute to
supporting breastfeeding rates!
World Breastfeeding Week/
U.S. National Breastfeeding Month
Ins and Latch Ons marked World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) this past week,
along with increased media attention on all matters breastfeeding. Dr.
William Sears discusses breastfeeding in honor of WBW. WABA and La Leche League celebrate the 20th WBW.
The Breastfeeding Hotline
breastfeeding community throughout the United States has access to a
toll-free helpline service by calling 877 4 LA LECHE (1-877-452-5324).
This helpline provides information, education, and support for women who
want to breastfeed, to healthcare
providers and others. Please share the free breastfeeding helpline in
your community, and consider making a donation. Here's the donate
information for the LLL Breastfeeding Helpline in the United States so
you can help support this important effort.
|Responding with Sensitivity
A Connection Between Fathers and Child Behavior
found that children whose fathers were more engaged in the
interactions had better outcomes, with fewer subsequent behavioural
problems. At the other end of the scale children tended to have greater
behavioural problems when their fathers were more remote and lost in
their own thoughts, or when their fathers interacted less with them,"
explains Dr Ramchandani. "This association tended to be stronger for
boys than for girls, suggesting that perhaps boys are more susceptible
to the influence of their father from a very early age."
Arguing Beneficial in Parent-Teen Relationships
can really try your nerves but see a new side to arguments with your
teen as "research has found that teens who learn how to argue
effectively by practicing on their parents are far more likely to be
able to resist peer pressure down the line. Psychologist Joseph P. Allen
and his team at the University of Virginia published the findings of
their study of parents and teens, called “Predictors of Susceptibility
to Peer Influence Regarding Substance Use in Adolescence.”
Effects of Severe Social and Physical Neglect on the Brain
who are neglected, growing up without normal emotional and social
interaction, have measurably different brain structure from other kids,
according to a new study from researchers at Boston Children’s
Hospital.... “These differences in brain structure appear to account for
previously observed, but unexplained, differences in brain function,”
lead researcher Margaret Sheridan told reporters."
Nurturing Empathy in Children
attachments during infancy lay the groundwork for children to learn how
to comfort themselves as well as others...Children who know they can
count on a parent or caregiver for emotional support and physical
affection are more likely to offer help to others. Studies show that
children have a greater capacity for empathy when their own emotional
needs are met at home."
|Ensure Safe Sleep, Emotionally and Physically
Platypus Media Announces new Safe Sleep Resources page<
An extensive FAQ list covering questions that may arise as parents weigh their infant sleep options
Compiled Cosleeping Resource List that offers a variety of research and
knowledge covering an array of safe sleep topics in a concise format
Safe Sleep Checklists from expert doctors and professional medical organizations to ensure a safe sleeping environment for an infant
Dia's Safe Infant Sleep PowerPoint which
presents learning about cosleeping in a more engaging format (Dia is
the founder and president of Platypus Media - she speaks frequently on
parenting topics. This ppt. covers many of the issues that arise in safe
infant sleep discussions.)
- And several ad and flyer samples showing how different cities promote and discourage cosleeping
API's Safe Sleep Brochure is available for free download and to order from API. Coming soon: API's Safe Sleep Brochure in Spanish.
Advocating Attachment Parenting
wasn’t easy for Eileen Lian to fully breastfeed her daughter Andrea.
When they dined out, Lian breastfed in public toilets until her friend
gave her a sling, which allowed her some privacy. That was 16 years ago,
long before the recent furor over the practice of attachment parenting.
Take the AP Survey! Forward it to your friends!
may be the first survey of attachment parenting practices by attachment
parents aimed at helping medical professionals understand the AP
culture. We encourage all AP to take the survey and forward it to other
AP far and wide! Responses are confidential and will serve as an
opportunity to establish a more accurate set of descriptions about who
AP are and our motivations in choosing the parenting practices we do.
The research is being conducted through the University of Arkansas
Little-Rock and responses are confidential.
|Consistent and Loving Care
Early Relationships, Not Brainpower, Key to Adult Happiness
social relationships in childhood and adolescence are key to adult
well-being. In contrast, academic achievement appears to have little
effect on adult well-being."
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Practice Positive Discipline
Presbyterian Church Says "No" to Spanking Kids
The nation's largest Presbyterian denomination says it's wrong to spank children.
Spanking May Lead to Adult Mental Illness
spanking and physical corporal punishment that hurts the child or
creates fear in the child enormously raises the risk of that child
developing mental health issues later in life," affirms Lu Hanessian,
API Advisory Board Member.... The analyzed data was from multiple
government surveys of more than 35,000 U.S. adults. Hanessian says the
report is based on scientific data that shows a direct link to
increased odds of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug
abuse and several personality disorders."
The Unspoken Fallout of Spanking
not going to argue the spanking debate. It’s no longer a real
conversation. There’s an ocean of science, cognitive, emotional,
neurobiological, interpersonal, developmental and more…showing us what
effects crying it out, spanking, harsh verbal tones, yelling,
grabbing, pushing, pulling, paddling in schools, belting, have on the
brain and system... I suggest that we stop parsing the language and
splitting syllables over whether tapping and bopping is the same as
hitting or beating. It’s not really relevant anymore. Instead of
pointing fingers, we can offer our hand to support each other. But as
long as we argue about words and good intentions and intensity of impact
and degrees of violence, we are simply speaking in defensive terms."
Increased Attention on Psychological Maltreatment as Abuse
high prevalence of psychological abuse in advanced
Western societies, along with the serious consequences, point to the
importance of effective management."
"Psychological or emotional maltreatment of children may be the most
challenging and prevalent form of child abuse and neglect.
Caregiver behaviors include acts of omission (ignoring need for
social interactions) or commission (spurning, terrorizing);
may be verbal or nonverbal, active or passive, and with or
without intent to harm; and negatively affect the child’s cognitive,
social, emotional, and/or physical development."
Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life
Changing Parenting Landscape for a Variety of Factors
"The number of young adults ages 20 to 34 who lived with their parents jumped from 17% in 1980 to 24% in 2007-09..."
What is Most Important for Becoming an Adult?
Emerging adults say it is accepting responsibility for yourself. But do they feel they are reaching that milestone?
Teach Your Children Well
has good, if familiar, lessons for parents about the virtues of
teaching empathy; encouraging the development of an authentic self; and
making time for dreaming, creating and unstructured outdoor play... But she really comes into her
own — and will, if widely read, make an indelible mark on our
parenting culture — when she moves beyond child development to
concentrate instead on parent development, exploring why we do the
misguided things we do, and asking how we might (as we must) change
ourselves and behave differently."
physiological changes that go hand-in-hand with motherhood may in fact
help her be a better boss. The neurochemical changes that go on in a
mother to make her more sensitive and make better decisions for the
benefit of the baby carry over into helping her be more keenly aware and
make better decisions as a CEO." ~Dr. Sears
Have your child interview you - sharing with intention.
Empathy Building Books
Favorites to read and discuss.
Empathy Building Scenarios
Stories to move you and your child.
These ideas are brought to you by the new Ashoka empathy building initiative, Start Empathy.