The Authors

Barbara Nicholson, MEd, CEIM

Barbara Nicholson is co-founder of Attachment Parenting International (API). For fifteen years she served as President of the Board of Directors of API. Barbara has a Masters of Education degree specializing in learning disabilities, is trained as a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) and has been a breastfeeding and parent support group facilitator for over 27 years.

Barbara speaks to various groups and conferences and has given workshops about parenting as a prevention model for societal violence. She is the mother of four grown sons and lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lysa Parker, MS, CFLE, CEIM 
Lysa Parker (Lisa) received her bachelor’s in education and her master’s degree in human development and family studies from the University of Alabama. She earned her designation of Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations in 2004 and is trained as a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM). Lysa is the president-elect 2013 for the Southeastern Council on Family Relations.

As cofounder of Attachment Parenting International (API), she served as the executive director for thirteen years, focusing on program development, public relations, and fundraising.

Prior to her involvement with API, she worked as a special education teacher helping children with multiple handicaps and learning difficulties. She lives with her husband in Huntsville, Alabama and is the mother of two grown sons, a stepdaughter and the grandmother of one granddaughter and twin grandsons.

Currently Lysa is a writer, speaker and parenting consultant in private practice at

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.


5 thoughts on “The Authors

  1. Kimberly Piet

    Hello. I saw your book on Dr. Sears website and then linked to your site. My husband and I are missionaries in the Philippines and have a young, growing orphanage there. We are always looking for training materials that will help us and our care givers to minister to these needy children in the most effective way possible. Having not read your book, nor seen it, can you please tell me if the methodology in it could be applied to orphaned/abandoned/abused/neglected children brought into our home at all ages? Also, if I may gleen from your obvious expertise…would you happen to have any other training materials, etc. that you think could serve to maximize our care of these children? I thank you in advance for taking time to consider my request, though I know you are very busy. I know that God will bless your willingness to help us learn to nurture these little ones to the best of our ability and for His glory!

  2. Jay Mellberg

    Dear Lysa:
    Just wanted to check in and say what a pleasure it was working with you on Friday. I hope I did well as your “prop”. I was reading through your site and may I say what a great endeavor and work you and your associate are doing. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement during the “shoot”.
    All the Best,

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  5. Evelly

    I just came from Lysa’s blog too. You are a God send literally! I’m ieertnsting in becoming a stay-at-home mom and found your blog and book to be exactly what I need at this time. Thanks so much!

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