|API unveils Parent Education Program:
Today, API unveils a program to offer Parent Education classes facilitated by certified API Parent Educators in local communities.
"I'm thrilled that API has created a comprehensive education program," said Dr. William Sears, noted author of multiple parenting books, speaker and founder of AskDrSears.com. "API's Parent Education Program is designed to meet parents at any stage of their parenting journey, all the way through their children's college years. This kind of approach can make a real long-term difference for families."
API's Parent Education Program features a series of classes for each of six childhood developmental stages, starting with infancy and extending to the college years, thereby addressing every stage and age of childhood. After attending one of API's parent education classes, parents will be able to get ongoing support through regular meetings with their local API chapters and daily through API's international online forums. Attendees also will receive ongoing education through monthly newsletters and quarterly journals, and have the opportunity to attend additional classes on specific topics or different age groups.
Based on proven methodologies and the most up-to-date research in attachment and child development, API's Parent Education Program doesn't teach "quick fix" techniques and tactics, but instead equips parents with knowledge, tools and confidence for successful long-term family connections.
Parent Educator training and Parent Education classes through API's Parent Education Program will begin this summer in select cities in the United States. API intends to roll out the program nationally this fall and throughout 2009, and internationally in following years. For more information on API's Parent Education Program, visit our website. If you are interested in becoming a Parent Educator, please take this brief survey, and if you are interested in attending Parent Education classes in your community, please take this brief survey
|API launches new worldwide attachment parenting forums:
API's website now features a global forum community for those practicing Attachment Parenting.
"API's new global parenting forum will supplement its well-established global network of support groups as a valuable resource for ongoing, long-term support for parents," said Lysa Parker, co-founder of API.
Our new worldwide AP forum will enable attached parents everywhere to connect with and support each other. By joining API's forum, you can connect with AP families well beyond the boundaries of your local community, which will enrich the support you yourself will receive. You will also have the opportunity to help establish API's worldwide forum, and by signing up, you will help to demonstrate the strength and extent of the global AP community.
The boards will be open to the public upon free registration and will be moderated by volunteers. Moderators ensure that the discussion stays on topic and is respectful, and will provide answers and API positions. In this manner, API's forum provides another possible opportunity for Support Group Leaders and local attached parents to help parents around the world in a safe, supportive manner. To join forums please go here.
|API co-founders announce new book about attachment parenting:
API Co-Founders Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson are putting the final touches on a new book based on API's Eight Principles of Attachment Parenting. Expected to be available this summer, the book will offer a combination of research based information and heartwarming personal stories. To hear Lysa and Barbara speak, consider attending one of these upcoming events:
May 17-18, 2008- Whole Child, Whole Planet Expo, Highland Hall, Waldorf School Campus, Northridge, California. API will be exhibiting at the Expo and the Founders will be participating in panel discussions with Dr. Isabelle Fox. For more information go here.
July 18-20, 2008- La Leche League of Texas Area Conference, Changing Our World, One Texan at a Time. It will be held at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport in Irving, TX. Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker will be presenting keynote and general session presentations. For more information go to here. Lysa and Barbara will be promoting their new book and doing a book signing.
October 17-19, 2008- La Leche League of Washington Area Conference; The Caring Continuum. Marriott Redmond Towne Center, Redmond, WA, Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson will be presenting sessions along with Marian Tompson, La Leche League Founder, Pam Leo, author of Connection Parenting, Jan Hunt, founder of The Natural Child Project. Lysa and Barbara will be promoting their new book and doing a book signing.
|API announces series of monthly webcasts:
API will be kicking off the series of online Web events in May, when API Co-Founders Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson discuss Attachment Parenting and offer tidbits from their new book. Join our forum community before the event and receive free admission! Future topics are expected to include Kathleen Kendall Tackett, PhD, IBCLC on the feelings of new motherhood, Dr. Bob Sears on vaccinations, and Dr. James McKenna on safe sleeping habits.
Bookmark this page and check back often for more specific announcements.
|You may have noticed something a little different about this issue of API Links!
API has updated our image and mission to further serve the parents who need us.
The new image is intended to show a balance between the organization's solid foundation in research and its warm and compassionate nature. The colors are intended to be warm and nurturing, as well as comtemporary. The updated tagline, "Nurturing Children for a Compassionate World," is a reflection of API's mission to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful and empathetic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world.
API has functioned primarily as a network of local support groups for parents who are already familiar with and/or practicing Attachment Parenting. With this transformation, API hopes to evolve from a decentralized network of local chapters to a more centralized, stronger, connected organization; API plans to reach out to more parents not familiar with the tenets of Attachment Parenting while continuing to support parents already practicing AP, to more effectively make a difference in the world.
is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful, and empathetic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world.
Eight Principles of Attachment Parenting