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on nursing in public (and a phenomenally helpful right-to-breastfeed
letter that YOU can use as a model), a Harvard study showing that kids
need touch and attention, unraveling stress with support, the new "APtly
Said," and the effects of a mother's touch...
Thank You for Celebrating Another AP Month with Us!
We hope you followed our celebration of Relax, Relate, Rejuvenate: Renewed with Parent Support. Visit AP Month Central any time to recapture the information and support shared during the month. Thank
you to everyone who donated, bid, blogged, read, photographed looked
at and created and attended activities and events of the month. Special
thanks to all the parent support groups, and our partners and sponsors
who make AP Month better each year:
AskDrSears.org, Attachment Parenting Canada, Lamaze International,
Pathways Connect, Infant Massage USA, Holistic Moms Network, Mothering
Magazine, Families for Conscious Living, and Family and Home Network.
Extra special thanks to our AP Month team, led by Art Yuen, with Angela
Adams, Ashlee Gray, and Kelly Jenkins.
AP Subject of Public Television Documentary, API Blog Editor Featured, Shares Experience
been given an opportunity here. Either you can say what you think the
world needs to hear about Attachment Parenting, or someone else can say
what they want to say." API
consulted in this short documentary on AP families that was produced
by Alicia Schisler. This piece takes you inside the homes of three
families who practice Attachment Parenting, including API's blog editor,
Courtney Sperlazza. It explores the AP philosophy and shows where it
fits into the lives and realities facing today's parents.
The Most Remarkable - and Useful - Right-to-Breastfeed Letter You've Ever Read
you ever wanted to send that perfect letter explaining your right to
breastfeed? Here's a model you can follow, with all the facts and
citations, written by a mom who was asked by her children's school
principal to breastfeed in a private room.
From the letter: "You
could see more of a Disney princess's breast than I show of mine when I
am breastfeeding, but presumably someone complained, or for some
reason mentioned it to you. If that should happen again, I hope that
instead of addressing other mothers in this way, you will consider
informing anyone who complains that she is protected by law."
And this: "a
parent who does not want his or her child to see a baby being fed as
nature designed, does not outweigh my right to less postpartum anxiety
and depression, and a decreased risk of osteoporosis, uterine and
ovarian cancer, and breast cancer, which killed my mother when she was
43 years old."
Chilling Brain Scans Show the Impact of a Mother's Love on a Child's Brain Size
shocking comparison of brain scans from two three-year-old children
reveals new evidence of the remarkable impact a mother's love has on a
child's brain development.
Trickle-Down Anxiety: Study Examines Parental Behaviors That Create Anxious Children
with social anxiety disorder are more likely than parents with other
forms of anxiety to engage in behaviors that put their children at high
risk for developing angst of their own.
Bullying Has Long-Term Health Consequences
bullying can lead to long term health consequences, including general
and mental health issues, behavioral problems, eating disorders,
smoking, alcohol use, and homelessness.
The Heart Grows Smarter
Grant Study, which has followed its subjects for nine decades, shows us
that "What goes right is more important than what goes wrong." The
positive effect of one loving relative, mentor or friend can overwhelm
the negative effects of the bad things that happen. The magic formula is
capacity for intimacy combined with persistence, discipline, order and
|Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
Infant Bonding Decreases Chance of Behavioral Problems Later in Life
Cuddling and closeness by a doting parent or parents in infancy may make for better-adjusted kids later on.
Mother's Touch Could Change Effects of Prenatal Stress
have found that mothers who stroke their baby's body in the first few
weeks after birth may change the effects that stress during pregnancy
can have on an infant's early-life development.
Lamaze Toolkit for Childbirth Educators: A Valuable New Resource for Any Childbirth Educator
Lamaze International unveils a brand new resource for childbirth educators.
Prepregnancy Anxiety Linked to Excessive Infant Crying
Women who have anxiety disorders prior to pregnancy may deliver infants who cry excessively.
Available Now! The Attached Family: Making Sense of Parenting in the Media, 2012 Issue
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|Feeding with Love and Respect
Hospitals Ditch Formula Samples to Promote Breastfeeding
years, virtually every new mother has been sent home from the hospital
with a gift bag full of free product samples, including infant formula.
Now health authorities and breastfeeding advocates are leading a
nationwide effort to ban formula samples, which often come in stylish
bags with formula company logos. Health experts say they can sway women
away from breastfeeding.
Boosting Breastfeeding Rates Saves Lives and Money: Unicef
breastfeeding rates in Britain could save hundreds of lives by
preventing breast cancer in mothers and hospital admissions in babies,
Unicef has calculated.
Study Shows Breastfeeding Reduced Risk for Breast Cancer
reduces the risk for estrogen receptor-negative and progesterone
receptor-negative breast cancer. Researchers examined the association
between reproductive risk factors - such as the number of children a
woman delivers, breastfeeding, and oral contraceptive use - and found an
increased risk for this breast cancer in women who do not breastfeed.
Breastfeeding Mums Welcome
Are you a breastfeeding mother who would like to recommend a business for the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme?
The Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme has been
established by the Welsh Government to identify premises that understand
and support the needs of breastfeeding mothers and their babies. For a
new breastfeeding mum it can be daunting to venture away from home,
especially if she doesn't know where to go to feed her baby.
|Responding with Sensitivity
The Psych Approach
the 1990s, Vincent Felitti and Robert Anda conducted a study on adverse
childhood experiences. They asked 17,000 mostly white, mostly upscale
patients to describe whether they had experienced any of 10 categories
of childhood trauma. They asked them if they had been abused, if their
parents had divorced, if family members had been incarcerated or
declared mentally ill. Then they gave them what came to be known as ACE
scores, depending on how many of the 10 experiences they had endured.
The link between childhood trauma and adult outcomes was striking.
Children Need Touching and Attention
"let them cry" attitude toward children may lead to more fears and
tears among adults." "Instead of letting infants cry, American parents
should keep their babies close, console them when they cry, and bring
them to bed with them, where they'll feel safe." Harvard University
Children, Teens at Risk for Lasting Emotional Impact from Hurricane Sandy
lasting emotional impact of a storm like this can be more devastating
than the physical damage the storm caused," says psychologist Esther
Deblinger, PhD, the co-director of the Child Abuse Research, Education
and Service (CARES) Institute at the University of Medicine and
Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Deblinger
offers suggestions for parents and caregivers helping children cope
with the stress and anxiety resulting from Hurricane Sandy.
|Ensure Safe Sleep, Emotionally and Physically
Why Today's Kids Don't Get Good Night's Sleep
many fizzy drinks and not enough bedtime stories are reasons why the
younger generation does not sleep as well as their grandparents.
Sleep Training Study Findings Not the Final Word
Parenting International (API) and other researchers encourage parents
to reject the pervasive notion that parental sleep can only happen, or
best happens, when we purposely and repeatedly ignore and dismiss the
distress calls of our babies and children at night. Read more about API's response to the recently published Pediatrics study on "behavioral infant sleep intervention" that's garnering headlines saying sleep training is safe.
Understanding Temperament in Infants and Toddlers
child's temperament describes the way in which she approaches and
reacts to the world. It is her personal "style." Temperament influences a
child's behavior and the way she interacts with others . While
temperament does not clearly define or predict behavior, understanding a
child's temperament can help providers and families better understand
how young children react and relate to the world around them.
Information about temperament can also guide parents and caregivers to
identify children's strengths and the supports they need to succeed in
their relationships and environments.
emerging science of brain development shows that to develop properly, a
child's growing brain needs nurturing long before formal schooling
starts at age 6 or 7. Investments in prenatal health and early childhood
development programs that include education and health are essential
to realize this potential." World Bank, 2011.
"Mother's Kiss" May Dislodge Objects Stuck in Child's Nose
The "mother's kiss" technique helped dislodge foreign objects from children's noses in 60% of reported cases.
|Consistent and Loving Care
Fatherhood: Parenting Programs and Policy - A Critical Review of Best Practice
document reviews policies and programs that promote or facilitate the
involvement of fathers and father-figures from the prenatal period
through the first eight years of their children's lives. It aims to
establish evidence of these programs' potential to impact family
violence, child abuse, or children's health or learning outcomes.
Measurable and Predictable Love
could the human version of licking and grooming - hugging and kissing
babies, and reading to them - fortify our offspring and even our society
as well?" One University of Minnesota study found that whether a child
received supportive parenting in the first few years of life was at
least as good a predictor as I.Q. of whether he or she would graduate
from high school.
|Practice Positive Discipline
5 Encouraging Phrases Kids Need to Hear
is about teaching kids to see the value of their own accomplishments
and to be in charge of their own success. It fosters internal strength
and motivation by keeping the focus of children’s behavior on themselves
instead of anyone else. As psychologist Rudolf Dreikurs said, "A child
needs encouragement like a plant needs water."
|Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life
Why Are 5 Million Kids on Facebook If It Doesn't Want Them?
has an ugly little secret, a number disclosed nowhere in its voluminous
filings to become a public company and now only vaguely addressed by
corporate officials. An estimated 5.6 million Facebook clients - about
3.5 percent of its U.S. users - are children who the company says are
banned from the site.
Introducing APtly Said,
the API blog and voice of the community's new name and, soon, new look.
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Are Parent Support Groups Relevant Anymore?
API cofounder Lysa Parker writes about the
necessity of face-to-face support groups. "We will always need support
because we were never meant to raise children in isolation - and
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