APtly Said

APtly Said is API’s blog for parents written by parents striving to embrace API’s Eight Principles of Parenting in their families on a daily basis. Posts are provided through a core team of bloggers with guest posts accepted regularly. Contact Rita Brhel, interim editor, for submission guidelines. 

Oct 07, 2015

Daily Tips logo“Maternal availability is particularly important within the first 2 years of life,” said the late child development psychologist John Bowlby, who was widely recognized for his ground-breaking work in attachment theory. “Even [experiences of separation] as brief as a few hours in duration can result in distress.”

From The Source Weekly‘s Whatever, Mom blog


Oct 06, 2015

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Have you ever wondered why your child is not their normal, bright self even though they are not physically ill? Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting, has named this illness “soul fever”. He spends chapter 2 identifying what this means, how to spot it, and how you can treat it. I enjoyed his progression of moving through the “soul fever” to help your child back to their normal, bright self. The key is simplification of routines, connection, love, and...

Oct 06, 2015

Daily Tips logoA supported, kept-calm baby will develop a sense of confidence and trust toward others.

What are you doing to help build trust?  What tips do you have for others who may be struggling?

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Oct 05, 2015

By Barbara Nicholson, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International (API) and coauthor of Attached at the Heart with Lysa Parker

APM 2015 logoEditor’s note: This post was originally published through Parent Compass, an occasional message from API’s cofounders looking in-depth on how...

Oct 04, 2015

apm logoTouch meets a baby’s needs for physical contact, affection, security, stimulation and movement. Skin-to-skin contact is especially effective, such as during breastfeeding, bathing or massage. Carrying or babywearing also meets this need while on the go. Hugs, snuggling, back rubs, massage and physical play help meet this need in older children.

See more at: http://apedia.attachmentparenting.org/node/6#sthash.OTONzBVL....

Oct 03, 2015

apm logo“I sustain myself with the love of family.” ~ Maya Angelou

What sustains you through those trying times?

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API Leader Kelly Shealer


Oct 02, 2015

apm logoIn order to be tender and loving, even after unexpected events, parents may need to practice centering and balancing themselves so they can be positively emotionally present to provide for the baby’s needs.

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Oct 01, 2015

APM 2015 logoEditor’s note: Welcome to Attachment Parenting (AP) Month 2015! This year, we celebrate the theme: “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.” Beginning this year, APtly Said is the new home of AP Month, so check the blog each day of October for inspiration through our Daily Tips and other posts centered on the theme. Want to tell your story of how you balance(d) financial/...

Oct 01, 2015

Have you ever wondered why some people are so much happier working in groups than others?

Sep 29, 2015

It’s time to start getting ready for Attachment Parenting Month.  This year’s APM theme is Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society.

We will be having our annual auction, blog event and photo event to celebrate. You can find all the auction items here. The auction will open up in mid October.


AP Month has two very popular events, the Blog Event and the Photo Event.  We would love to see and read about your experiences.


BLOG Guidelines:


  1. Write a blog post on the topic “Parental Presence: Birthing Families, Strengthening Society”
  2. Kindly remove any ...

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