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

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.

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<p>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.<br />
  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.<br />
  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 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)! 

 

ALOHA Valentine's Day from API!  

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!

API Reads: January book club update

We will be finishing Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish as well as starting Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma by Nancy Samalin.

For Siblings Without Rivalry, we will be reading chapters 6,7, and the end. We will be concluding the book on January 16th.

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

  • Jan 17-23: Intro & Ch 1: The Parental Dilemma
  • Jan 24-Jan 30: Ch 2: Everyday Madness
  • Jan 31-Feb 6: Ch 3: Who’s the Boss?

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!

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!

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