The Authors

Barbara Nicholson, MEd, CEIM

Barbara Nicholson received a master’s degree in education from Stephen F. Austin State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from University of North Texas, with Learning Disabilities certification from Texas Woman’s University. Professionally, she taught children with learning disabilities and was a La Leche League International breastfeeding support group facilitator for over twenty-five years. She is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage through Infant Massage USA.

In 1994, Barbara cofounded Attachment Parenting International (API), also known as, a nonprofit parent education organization. She is the co-author of the book Attached at the Heart, Eight Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children, currently in publication for the 3rd Edition. She is a trainer for the online Attached at the Heart Parenting Program which she developed with co-author, Lysa Parker.

She is the mother of four grown sons and lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lysa Parker, MS, CFLE, CEIM 

Lysa (Lisa) Parker received both her bachelor’s in education and her master’s degree in Human Environmental Sciences specializing in Human Development and Family Studies. She earned her designation of Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations in 2004 and was the 2014 president for the Southeast Council on Family Relations. Lysa is also a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM). In 1994, she co founded Attachment Parenting International (API), now known as Nurturings, a nonprofit parent education & support organization.

Lysa has dedicated her life to improving the care of children and is a recognized authority on parenting. She is the coauthor of the book Attached at the Heart: Eight Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children (iUniverse 2009, HCI 2013, Praeclarus Press 2023) and the co-developer of a curriculum, Attached at the Heart Parenting Program (AHPP)  based on the book. The first edition of Attached at the Heart won the 2009 Book of the Year Gold award from Foreword Magazine.

Currently, Lysa is a trainer in the Attached at the Heart Parenting Program curriculum. She is the mother of two grown sons and grandmother of four grandchildren and lives Madison, Alabama.

About the Authors

Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker have committed their lives to working with parent-child relationship issues and are the recognized authorities on attachment parenting. They have been featured in national and regional publications including, Newsday, Child Magazine, Pathways Magazine, Mothering Magazine, Natural Life Magazine, Washington Post, Seattle’s Child, Today’s Parents, Westchester Parent, and Charlotte Parent, as well as many international publications. They are frequent guests on national, international, and local radio and TV programs.

Ms. Nicholson and Ms. Parker are available for interviews and speaking engagements.


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