What’s one word that never shows up in parenting books?

I was thinking about the different books and magazine articles I’ve read recently on various parenting and fatherhood issues and realize that there’s one major topic that no-one ever talks about, and it’s a topic that’s incredibly important for any parent to realize…Read More

Kindergarten Boarding School

I’m not kidding. According to BBC News the newest trend for middle-class families is to send their kindergartners to boarding schools and some programs accept children as young as two for their programs. Seems very Brave New World to me somehow, particularly when the principal of the school explains “the boarding experience fostered abilities in the children which day attendance was not necessarily able to do.”Read More

Breastfed babies make happier adults?

British Researchers at the University of Manchester, England, have released a terrific new study that draws a correlation between breastfed babies and happy adults. I say “correlation” because in typical sloppy research fashion, the researchers appear to have identified two factors, correlated them, and then presented them as causal. I imagine that the research is true, but ….Read More

Is Your Adoption Agency Legit?

All children attach to their parents, whether they are birth parents or not, so when I bumped into a very interesting article about how the Web makes adoption easier but more risky, I thought it would be a good item to mention here on Attachment Parenting too.. The article appears in Wired and it’s titled Web Helps Out Adoption Process. What you might not realize until reading this is that there’s a lot of money…Read More

Father’s Day and the Conundrum of Modern Economics

I’m venting here: Why must everything in our society be about consumption? I receive SourceNet bulletins every morning, typically requests from reporters for interview subjects and quotable experts, and was excited to see that Kid Tips Magazine was seeking suggestions for what children can give for Father’s Day. My immediate thought: “Great! Can we encourage kids to make something rather than buy something?”Read More

The real challenge of cosleeping: bed space!

One of the basic tenets of attachment parenting is that babies sleep in the same bed as the Mom (and, hopefully, the Dad). This is a great thing and we’re definite enthusiasts of this facet of attachment parenting, but there’s a challenge involved…Read More

Happy Mother’s Day?

I have to admit that I’m a bit curmudgeonly about Mother’s Day: I feel like as a family we honor the role and never-ending job of motherhood every day and don’t need a commercialized holiday originally started by Hallmark Cards to tell us that it’s important to say thanks. But, somehow societal pressures are effective and while we’re not doing much to celebrate Mother’s Day, our children are, and, of course, we do have the…Read More

Update on bicycles and training wheels

It’s been almost 10 days now, and G- continues to amaze and impress with his bicycling skills. We went on a 1.5 mile bike ride this morning, including some dirt trails and he did fabulously. He kept up, made it up The Big Hill without having to stop and walk, and this on a little “Pretty Puppy” bike (a hand-me-down from his sister) with no gears. Amazing. One tip: when it’s time to pull off…Read More

Win a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate for adding a link!

Since we’d like to increase our readership here on Attachment Parenting, we’re offering a great promotion that you’ll want to take advantage of: add a link to our site and if you bring in the most visitors in the next 60 days, you’ll win a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com! No small print. Well, one detail. The link has to be exactly:   <a href=”http://www.APparenting.com/”>attachment parenting</a> That’s all there is. In sixty days, the Fourth…Read More

When is a baby too young for a stroller?

I’m visiting the discussion communities on social Web site Orkut this evening and found an interesting discussion in their “Parenting” community. It’s a community that has a lot more in common with Parent magazine than Mothering magazine, that’s for sure. The discussion of the evening was about when a baby is too young to be in a stroller. The person asking the question was asking about a baby that was only three weeks old. Of…Read More

A key attachment parenting virtue: patience

A most amazing thing has occurred in the last two days: G-, our four year old son, decided that he didn’t want training wheels on his bicycle any more, so he took them off and *instantly* knew how to ride without them. It’s quite a remarkable sequence of events and hard to realize that it’s only been 48 hours when he zips down the driveway, turns onto the sidewalk and confidently rides up to the…Read More

Taxes, Money and Debt. The big three?

We survived what everyone else has also hopefully survived in the last few weeks: we finished and filed our taxes. On time. We’re also trying to look at our taxes (and trying to avoid tax scams) within the context of our overall personal finances. Which reminds me: if you haven’t checked it out yet, you might be interested to know that we’re building on a debt management information site called real life debt. If you…Read More

A biological reason for teen laziness?

Here’s a fascinating article I bumped into on Newsday that, while it doesn’t directly apply to us since our oldest is only 7 1/2, eventually will: Biological Reason for Teen Laziness If you’re a teenager, don’t read this. Federal scientists may have discovered a biological excuse for laziness. Studies conducted on adolescents and young adults show significant differences between the two age groups in the brain region that governs “drive,” the internal momentum to work…Read More

Is a toy without a microchip heresy?

Perusing the latest reports from the American International Toy Fair and I came across a depressing report from Wired News, where they state that “At the 101st annual American International Toy Fair, held this week in New York, there were very few toys that didn’t include computer chips somewhere in their innards. But vendors promise the singing, puking, engine-revving, chatting, TV-interacting toys will be easy to assemble and play with” What most saddens me, I…Read More