Consistent Love, Primary Caregivers, Healthy Attachment, and More
This Principle is not complete without reading API's Eight Principles of Parenting Introduction -- important information for understanding the context API's Principles of Parenting.
Babies and young children have an intense need for the physical presence of a consistent, loving, responsive caregiver: ideally a parent. Daily care and playful, loving interactions build strong bonds. By providing consistent, loving care from early infancy, parents strengthen their relationship with their child and build a healthy attachment.
- Provide Consistent and Loving Care - One of API's Eight Principles of Parenting
- Read the Lessons of Okinawa by API Co-Founder, Lysa Parker
- How frequently should I hold my baby?
- Read Bonding With Your Newborn by William Sears, MD
- Read how others respond to the statement that "you need to separate" from your baby
The Attached Family
API's The Attached Family online magazine, updated weekly with articles on a variety of topics, is an extension of the quarterly The Attached Family print magazine. The following articles on Loving Your Baby are accessible at no cost on The Attached Family online magazine. Please consider joining API to help support API's ability to continue providing this information.
- API Interview with Harville Hendrix
- The Secondary Attachment: A Look at Bowlby’s Theory
- Parenting Style Changes Gene Expression
- Every Parent-Child Interaction Shapes the Brain
- The Role of Attachment in Healing Infant Depression
Members also receive a quarterly magazine, The Attached Family. Issues such as Teaching Self-Trust, illustrate how AP leads to self-confident children and teens who grow into emotionally healthy and happy adults.