Welcome to API Reads!

The API Reads program is a way for you to read books that help you further your connection with your child and family. It is an educational resource but also a great way to discuss with others the parenting books you're already reading or had on your list. Its way more fun to read a book with a community than it is to read alone. Why not enjoy a discussion to see what points in the book really resonated with you, what portions you felt you wanted to get more information on, and what portions you felt were just not going to work in your family so that you can find suggestions on how it could. The API Reads program is a valuable resource to add to your attachment parenting toolkit. Don't have time to read… join in the discussion any ways to see what useful information you can gather for a time period when reading is a much longed for indulgence. Plus, some of the books will be in audio format as well. We hope you enjoy and participate in the API Reads program through our blog (http://www.attachmentparenting.org/support/aptlysaid;) or through Good Reads (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/95405-api-reads).

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February through April: Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma by Nancy Samalin

May through August: Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffelman

September through OctoberSimplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

Oct through November:  Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

​December through January (2016): Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by Dr. Laura Markham



Younger child book club:

Jan/Feb: The Science of Parenting by Margot Sunderland
Mar/Apr/May: Giving the Love that Heals by Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt
Jun/Jul/Aug: 2nd edition of Attached at the Heart by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker
Sep/Oct/Nov: Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel

Older child book club:

Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec: Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon


May/June: Attached at the Heart by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker
July/August: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Lifeby Renée Peterson Trudeau
September/October: Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
November/December: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting by John Gottman, Ph.D.

Any good books you've read that you think would be wonderful to add to the mix? Email us to let us know.

Happy reading everyone!

We are reading "Parenting with Patience" by Judy Arnall. Read at your own pace in your own time with no weekly deadlines! We'll be hosting an online discussion of this book on February 7th through the 13th through GoodReads. I truly hope you can join the discussion.

We are reading “Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles” by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka for the month of November and beginning of December. This is a wonderful resource that you will find valuable as a family. Some of the topics covered are:

• Emotion coaching
• Enforcing your standards while remaining connected
• Tantrums
• Temperament (yours and theirs)

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.

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:

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:

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:

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.

We are now reading Love and Anger, which discusses 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.

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 finishing this book on January 16th.


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