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API Reads: August Update

We are finishing up Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffelman and will begin Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne beginning August 31st. Parenting Without Power Struggles has been an excellent book in the positive discipline arena. If you haven't read it yet, be sure to pick it up and read it on your own. The reading schedule for August will be:

August 2-8: Chapter 10
August 9-15: Chapter 11
August 16-22: Chapter 12
August 23-30: Chapter 13 (last chapter)

We have also moved our API Reads online group over to a new Yahoo Group. The GoodReads group will no longer be effective starting September and we will be using the Yahoo Group exclusively beginning with the reading of Simplicity Parenting. To find our group on Yahoo, go to this web address: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/apireads/info

API's Parenting Educator Training L.A. August 13-15

Make a difference in parents and children's lives by offering parenting education with attachment in mind--API's next parenting educator training is in Los Angeles August 13-15 with the early bird discount registration available until July 30. This training includes a special guest--noted author on attachment parenting, Martha Sears!

Here is what our attendees have said:

"The lesson plans are meticulously organized, easy to follow and beautiful! I'm excited to present this information to parents."

"I have always had to write my own curriculum-this is the most information and resources I have ever had to begin with-Thank you so much!" ~Atlanta Training

I especially loved the balance of time on the curriculum as well as time for personal sharing. Your passion for your work is heartening~Thank you!" ~Tempe, AZ training

"I learned so much amazing information...everything was so valuable." ~Tempe, AZ training

"Fantastic, cutting edge, skillfully delivered~Thank you!" ~San Antonio training

For API's Attached at the Heart L.A. training discounted registration available until July 30th apply here now: http://www.attachmentparenting.org/parented. Led by the founders of API, Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson.

The Attached at the Heart parenting educator program will take place in Whittier, CA (Greater LA Area) , Aug 13th - Aug 15th, 2015.

July API Reads Update

We are still reading the book titled Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffelman. So far we’ve discussed how it is healthy to have children reach the Wall of Futility as you there to help them process this, that when they are frustrated is not the time to teach, finding alternative ways to connect to name just a few.

The July reading schedule will be as follows:

  • June 28-July 4: Chapter 7
  • July 5-11: Chapter 8
  • July 12-18: Chapter 9
  • July 19-25: Chapter 10
  • July 26-Aug 1: Chapter 11

Our discussions happen on GoodReads so don’t hesitate to join in the conversation. We read a chapter a week. 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 600+ members who are already part of the conversation!

June API Reads Update: Parenting Without Power Struggles

We’ve started reading the book titled Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffelman. So far we’ve discussed why you want to read this book, “should” thoughts causing power struggles, power struggles being futile when the person is engaged with the other person, the difference between being in charge and being in control, seeing and accepting the child you have, and forgiving our parents.

The June reading schedule will be as follows:

  • May 31 - June 6: Chapter 3
  • June 7 - 13: Chapter 4
  • June 14 - 20: Chapter 5
  • June 21 - 27: Chapter 6
  • June 28 - July 4: Chapter 7

Our discussions happen on GoodReads so don’t hesitate to join in the conversation. We read a chapter a week. 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 600+ members who are already part of the conversation!

 

API Reads: May update

We’ll be starting a new book this May titled Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffelman. This is a great book on how important attachment is with connection to help in your discipline problems. It also touches on subjects such as helping your kids through frustration; handling resistance, anger, whining, meltdowns, and aggression; being present and mindful; and empowering your kids to live their best lives. This is a great book and was voted on by you to read next.

The May reading schedule will be as follows:

  • May 17-23: Introduction and Chapter 1
  • May 24-30: Chapter 2
  • May 31 - June 6: Chapter 3

Our discussions happen on GoodReads so don’t hesitate to join in the conversation. We read a chapter a week. 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 600+ members who are already part of the conversation!

Parenting As A Hero's Journey - featuring API's Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson

'www.ParentingAsAHerosJourneyDo you think of yourself as an ostracized weirdo or a hero on a journey?  The Old Story, with its demands for cultural conformity, wants you to believe you are crazy for questioning it, much less taking steps away from its prescription for living your life and enculturating your children.  The New Story, however, views your impulse to question and abandon culture, and its threat of disapproval, as a Call to Adventure, the first step on an epic Hero's Journey.  Don't worry, you're still a freak for questioning and abandoning culture, much less trying to change the world, but Evolution Could Not Happen Without The Freaks-of-Nature Leading The Way.    So hoist your freak flag and meet us over at the Parenting As A Hero's Journey website where we are headed for a full year of LIVE Virtual Retreats with like-hearted adventurers, freaks and heroes to explore and take home with us the treasures of conscious living and parenting.  As Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero of a Thousand Faces and creator of The Hero's Journey monomyth wheel said,  “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”'Do you think of yourself as an ostracized weirdo or a hero on a journey? The Old Story, with its demands for cultural conformity, wants you to believe you are crazy for questioning it, much less taking steps away from its prescription for living your life and enculturating your children. The New Story, however, views your impulse to question and abandon culture, and its threat of disapproval, as a Call to Adventure, the first step on an epic Hero's Journey.

Don't worry, you're still a freak for questioning and abandoning culture, much less trying to change the world, but Evolution Could Not Happen Without The Freaks-of-Nature Leading The Way.

So hoist your freak flag and meet us over at the Parenting As A Hero's Journey website where we are headed for a full year of LIVE Virtual Retreats with like-hearted adventurers, freaks and heroes to explore and take home with us the treasures of conscious living and parenting. As Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero of a Thousand Faces and creator of The Hero's Journey monomyth wheel said, “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

API's own Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson are guides on the journey, discussing Mindful Parenting: The Spiritual Essence of Attachment.

 

API Reads: March update

In the book Love and Anger, we’ve discussed so far how anger is a natural emotion. A lot of the readers in the book club felt reassured that they weren’t the only ones to have felt this way before. They enjoyed the stories that the shared in chapter 1 to show examples of situations in which we as parents can become angry. One reader even stated: “I was especially comforted by the idea that it is common to fly off the handle for a seemingly insignificant thing.” Another reader said about chapter one: “What I have taken most from this first chapter is summed up on page 15 and 16 - the need to allow myself my feelings, accept them and not feel guilty about them, but at the same time find better ways to express these feelings so that it "do(es) not hurt, insult, demean, or inspire revenge and rage in our children" and so that I don't feel guilty about my angry feelings.”

 

In chapter 2 the discussion on how everyday situations can cause parents to flare up and how we feel guilty over this and that we should only be angry at the big things. The author did provide strategies on how to help resolve these everyday situations so that they can be turned away from anger to respect and working it out together. There were other valuable points in the chapter as well that the book club brought up as well.

 

The March reading schedule will be as follows:

  • Mar 1-7: Ch 5
  • Mar 8-14: Ch 6
  • Mar 15-21: Ch 7
  • Mar 22-28: Ch 8

Our discussions happen on GoodReads so don’t hesitate to join in the conversation. We read a chapter a week. 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!

In memory of Marshall Rosenberg, Father of Nonviolent Communication

All of us at Attachment Parenting International (API) were saddened to hear earlier this week the news of Marshall Rosenberg’s passing. His book Nonviolent Communication is one of the most valuable resources available to the staff and leaders who volunteer time with API.

We believe in the power of communication and the necessity for individuals to learn how to speak to one another in ways that are peaceful and cooperative. The message of Nonviolent Communication is one that we encourage all parents to hear and we know that when they do a tremendous change occurs in the way they relate to one another and to their children.

We full heartedly believe this and as a result, we list the book Nonviolent Communication as a required read for all of our potential leaders who are bringing this material to their communities with the intention of helping other parents create stronger relationships.

Marshall Rosenberg’s work opened the door for many people to begin to study the importance of speaking and relating to others in peaceful ways and API is tremendously thankful for this.

 

ALOHA Valentine's Day from API! - Bid now!

Share your heart with loved ones and warm the hearts of other parents at the same time!   Bid for the API stay in Hawaii starting FEB 9 (ending FEB 13)! 

 

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Bid now through Friday to win a Red Hot stay in Hawaii! Give your sweetheart macadamia nuts instead of flowers and candy on Saturday!

Imagine you and your loved ones soaking up the warm sun and blue ocean in a family-friendly tropical paradise......

Forward this limited and special auction invitation far and wide - bidding lasts only FIVE SHORT DAYS so the lucky Valentine will receive a warm surprise!

Your Valentines love is multiplied far and wide because 100% of the proceeds go to support families everywhere.  

API Reads: February book club update

In our next book, Love and Anger, we’ll be discussing how feeling angry is okay; acting in anger is not. We are not only discussing parental anger but of coping with the anger children have towards parents, siblings, and peers. You also discuss unique situations of those faced by divorced parents and parents of disabled children. This is a well-rounded book that will help you examine the subject of anger in a new light that you can relate too.

 

For Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma, we will be following the below reading schedule in February.

  • Feb 1-7: Intro & Ch 1
  • Feb 8-14: Ch 2
  • Feb 15-21: Ch 3
  • Feb 22-28: Ch 4

Our discussions happen on GoodReads so don’t hesitate to join in the conversation. We read a chapter a week. 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!

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