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November API Reads

There are 500+ members waiting to read and discuss AP-oriented books with you. Are you already one of those members? If not, what are you waiting for?! Join the club at API’s online book club held through GoodReads.

We are now reading Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish for the general audience. For the older children genre we are still reading Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon.

For Siblings Without Rivalry, we will be reading chapters 1-3 in November. The topics for these chapters will be:

  • How This Book Came to Be
  • Author’s Note
  • Chapter 1: Brothers and Sisters -- Past and Present
  • Chapter 2: Not Til the Bad Feelings Come Out…
  • Chapter 3: The Perils of Comparisons

For Parent Effectiveness Training, we’ll be reading Chapters 10-12. The topics for these chapters will be on:

  • Chapter 10: Parental Power - Necessary or Justified?
  • Chapter 11: The “No-Lose” Method for Resolving Conflicts
  • Chapter 12: Parents’ Fears and Concerns About the “No-Lose” Method

Our discussions happen on GoodReads so don’t hesitate to join in the conversation. We read a chapter a week and sometimes you can’t get through the chapter and yet you’ll find you’ll still be able to participate in the conversation. So come join the other 500+ members who are already part of the conversation!

AP Month Auction Ends Friday at midnight EST!

Celebrate AP Month: Auction, Daily Tips, Posts, and More!

Cherished Parents, Flourishing Children!  Celebrate AP Month during October!

“Cherished Parents, Flourishing Children ” is our AP Month theme this year celebrating the way that creativity allows you to be an amazing parent. Check out everything about AP Month right here! Help API raise awareness about the importance of parenting by:

  1. Bidding on items in the API online auction! Closes Oct 31 at midnight EST!

  2. Getting your daily support during October on our AP Month Daily Calendar!

  3. Reading the Blogs!

API Reads: September - Parenting from the Inside Out & Parent Effectiveness Training

This is our exciting month for API Reads in which you the reader get to choose which direction you’ll go in your reading. We are still reading Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel MD for the general audience and for those with children under the school-age years. We will also be reading Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon for those with children who are in the school-age years and above.

For Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel MD we have read the Intro, Chapters 1 and Chapter 2. For the month of September we will be reading Chapters 3-6. The topics for these chapters will be on:

  • Chapter 3 - How We Feel: Emotion in Our Internal and Interpersonal Worlds
  • Chapter 4 - How We Communicate: Making Connections
  • Chapter 5 - How We Attach: Relationships Between Children and Parents
  • Chapter 6 - How We Make Sense of Our Lives: Adult Attachment

For Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon, we’ll be reading Chapters 1-4. The topics for these chapters will be on:

  • Chapter 1 - Parents Are Blamed but Not Trained
  • Chapter 2 - Parents Are Persons, Not Gods
  • Chapter 3 - How to Listen So Kids Will Talk to You: The Language of Acceptance
  • Chapter 4 - Putting Your Active Listening Skill to Work

Our discussions happen on GoodReads so don’t hesitate to join in the conversation. We read a chapter a week and sometimes you can’t get through the chapter and yet you’ll find you’ll still be able to participate in the conversation. So come join the other 400+ members who are already part of the conversation!

Touch 20

Touch 20.

Remember a parenting moment, day or phase you thought would never end? 

Remember a time you wished you could redo? 

What if you had the power to click a button and provide 20 other parents support on their worst day?

You do.

What if you could give 20 families the chance to experience fewer parenting regrets?

You can. 

Become one of API's "20 Who Touch 20."

API aims to start 20 new API groups around the world to commemorate our 20th Anniversary.

With your help, 20 new groups spring to life with a goal to serve 20 new families this year.

 

Become one of the 20 Who Touch 20. 

It's one of the most powerful clicks you can make.

 Consider a donation of $20, or in any amount. 

Help us Touch 20

 

 

API Reads: August - Attached at the Heart and Parenting from Inside Out

We will be ending our discussion of Attached at the Heart (2nd edition) by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker. The topics we’ll be discussing in August will be:​

  • Principle 8: Strive for Balance in Your Personal and Family Life - Peace Within Creates Peace at Home
  • Chapter 10: Nurturing Children for a Compassionate World
  • Wrapping it all up

​We will also begin our discussion of Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel MD once Attached at the Heart is finished. We’ll be discussing the Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2 starting on August 17th.

We have a new and exciting launch to API Reads that will begin in September! We will be launching the option of reading a book focused on the younger child set (birth to preschool) and one focused on the older child set (school-age and above) to be read simultaneously. This will allow you to focus on the book that seems of the most interest to you at the time. We are truly excited about this new offering and hope you will be too. Come check out GoodReads to see what books are in the queue so far!

Our discussions happen on GoodReads so don’t hesitate to join in the conversation. We read a chapter a week and sometimes you can’t get through the chapter and yet you’ll find you’ll still be able to participate in the conversation. So come join the other 400+ members who are already part of the conversation!

API Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week!

Attachment Parenting International Welcomes Darcia Narvaez to the Board of Directors

Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame is the latest addition to the Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – April, 2014 – Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 70 locations around the world, announces its newest Board of Directors member, Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, Darcia Narvaez, PhD.

Dr. Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. She is an active blogger at Psychology Today (“Moral Landscapes”) and frequently blogs about parenting. She often writes about the importance of evolved parenting practices that match up with attachment parenting: Primal Parenting/Stone-Aged Parenting/Evolutionary Parenting/ Paleo Parenting. These terms refer to the evolved nest for young children that matches up with their maturational schedules: soothing perinatal experiences, extensive infant-initiated breastfeeding, constant touch, caregiver responsiveness, free play, multiple adult caregivers and extensive positive social support. She brings together scholars from across disciplines for symposia and joint writing projects. She studies and writes about the effects of early life experience on moral development. Her 2014 book is Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom.

She is a leader in the field of moral development scholarship with ten academic books, several curriculum books and over 100 articles and chapters. See her webpage.

“I’m thrilled and honored to join the API team because it is a grassroots organization that supports families and advocates for child wellbeing. I look forward to learning from my new colleagues and contributing what I can to API’s mission,” said Dr. Narvaez.

Dr. Narvaez grew up living in different Spanish-speaking countries but with Minnesota as a home base. In prior careers she was a church musician (organist, choir director), classroom and private music teacher at Brent International School in Baguio City, Philippines and King of Kings School in Roseville, Minnesota; middle school Spanish teacher at The Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota; and business owner. She also earned a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota; and is a published poet.

"API is pleased to welcome Darcia onto the Board of Directors. Her work in the evolutionary niche of infants and their care meshes so well with API's work of the last 20 years. Her efforts to advance these important messages through her research, writing, and outreach brings new strength to our common cause,” said API Executive Director, Samantha Gray.

Attachment Parenting is based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between the infant and parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to children’s emotional needs, enabling children to develop trust that their needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps children develop the capacity for secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships that follow them into adulthood.

Attachment Parenting International (API) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization founded in 1994 to network with parents, professionals and like-minded organizations around the world. API’s mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world. In addition to providing assistance in forming Attachment Parenting support groups, API functions as a clearinghouse providing educational materials,research information, consultative, referral and speaker services to promote Attachment Parenting concepts.

More information about Attachment Parenting International can be found at www.attachmentparenting.org.

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Attachment Parenting International Welcomes Margaret Feierabend to the Board of Directors

Community leader and advocate for families and children, Margaret Feierabend, is the latest addition to the Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – May, 2014 – Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 70 locations around the world, announces its newest Board of Directors member, community leader and advocate for children and families, Margaret Feierabend.

With a Masters Degree in Community Health Education, a husband who is a physician teacher of Family Medicine, Margaret began her community volunteer work in her home of Bristol Tennessee teaching childbirth and parenting classes.  Currently she serves on Bristol Tennessee City Council (16 Years), and actively promotes building assets with families, children and youth.  Her community accomplishments include being part of establishing several new programs and organizations serving the Bristol area.  Bristol has the honor of being identified as one of America's Promise's 100 Best Communities for Children and Youth. Margaret is proud of and grateful for her three loving and caring children to whom she is very attached and she is excited about her new role as grandparent of twins.

“I'm thrilled to welcome Margaret to our Board of Directors! Margaret brings a passion for the well being of children and youth. We'll benefit greatly from her experience with healthy communities and prevention strategies. She's dedicated herself to public service, serving many years as city councilwoman and mayor, as well as providing training and leadership to nonprofit organizations. Her experience, vision, and compassion will be invaluable to API," said Janet Jendron.

Margaret Feierabend said, “At the time my 3 children were born and I was teaching Red Cross childbirth and parenting classes, Cesarean rates were rising and breastfeeding was on a slow growth curve.  Today education and work to decrease Cesareans and increase breastfeeding as well as other attachment work needs to be done more than ever.  I am pleased to join the API board to help promote parenting that supports children for successful, meaningful lives. In our Bristol Tennessee Virginia Community I helped found Bristol's Promise whose goals include providing America's Promise's 5 Promises to our children and youth.  Attachment Parenting complements these goals and helps to further America's Promise nationally as well. I look forward to working with the API board.”

Attachment Parenting is based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between the infant and parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to children’s emotional needs, enabling children to develop trust that their needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps children develop the capacity for secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships that follow them into adulthood.

Attachment Parenting International (API) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization founded  in 1994 to network with parents, professionals and like-minded organizations around the world. API’s mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world. In addition to providing assistance in forming Attachment Parenting support groups, API functions as a clearinghouse providing educational materials,research information, consultative, referral and speaker services to promote Attachment Parenting concepts.   

More information about Attachment Parenting International can be found at www.attachmentparenting.org.

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Attachment Parenting International Welcomes Patti Lewis to the Board of Directors

Parenting and attachment support person for families of adoption and special needs is the latest addition to the Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – April, 2014 – Attachment Parenting International (API), a non-profit global network of parenting support groups with more than 60 locations around the world, announces its newest Board of Directors member, advocate and support person of families of adoption and special needs, Patti Lewis.

Patti Hope Lewis brings accounting, event planning and Board experience to API, including five years on the Board of AnotherLook. She has many years of experience as a La Leche League International (LLLI) Leader in Atlanta, Georgia, where she's served as a parenting and attachment support to many parents in the areas of adoption and special needs. As the entrepreneur of her bookkeeping company, PJ Balances, and the Treasurer of the LLL Alumnae Association, she offers API unique experience. API can also benefit from her expertise as the CFO for Aspen Productions, a full service event company. Patti has three sons: Nicholas, 27; Kevin 24; Harrison, 18. She also enjoys travel, hiking, reading, gardening, ATV riding on dirt tracks and driving her Mazda Miata convertible.

Janet Jendron said, “Having Patti Lewis on the API Board is an answer to a prayer. We've been needing her financial expertise, as well as her many years of experience with attachment parenting. I've worked with Patti for many years, with La Leche League International. API is blessed to have her commitment and ‘real world’ experience in parenting in adoptive and special needs situations.”

“Parenting is a growth opportunity. We can heal ourselves and our past childhood. We continue to grow and heal as we parent our children and others’ children. Committing to be attached is a lifelong goal for spiritual growth. API gives us the tools and resources to parent with love and compassion. The founders of API, Lisa & Barbara, as well as the president of API's Board of Directors, Janet, are women that I have admired for decades. Their commitment to parenting inspires me to continue on the journey to support health family connections,” said Patti Lewis.

Attachment Parenting is based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between the infant and parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to children’s emotional needs, enabling children to develop trust that their needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps children develop the capacity for secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships that follow them into adulthood.

Attachment Parenting International (API) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization founded in 1994 to network with parents, professionals and like-minded organizations around the world. API’s mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world. In addition to providing assistance in forming Attachment Parenting support groups, API functions as a clearinghouse providing educational materials,research information, consultative, referral and speaker services to promote Attachment Parenting concepts.

More information about Attachment Parenting International can be found at www.attachmentparenting.org.

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