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API Links June 2009... Happy Anniversary, API!

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API Founders Day Observed
API Links Parenting News
More than 15 years in the making
Dr. William Sears on API Live, June 29
Your API Book Club now featuring...
Choose API as yours
Happy Father's Day to these Dads!
We welcome our new API Professional Members
Newly revised API Leadership Guidelines
Marriage and Parenting - Free chat begins soon
Shout out to Dad for Father's Day!
What are you passionate about? I'm quite passionate about children and about helping parents have the resources and support they need to raise their children. I have been facilitating parenting classes for more than a decade, have written parenting curriculum, worked closely with parents through children's and teen programs, and of course studied, read and researched parenting issues.
The key take-home message I've received? Parents need and want help.

You know this, as many of you have been passionate about aiding and supporting families. Many of you have joined in the cause, alongside Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker, who saw a great need and began Attachment Parenting International 15 years ago. The critical need for the practice of the API Principles only grows with each year. Sometimes it's discouraging, and we might feel a little burned out, but it's just too soon with still much more to do and the price too high for us not to support parents in these challenging times.

The result of continuing our joint efforts to work with parents and children? Nothing less than world changing.
We hope to reinvigorate you or keep you energized by taking stock and noticing just how far we've come together in 15 years. Here are some of the ways we're celebrating and we hope you will join us as we: 
Celebrate with us - and keep your stamina up for another 15 years!
Samantha Gray
Executive Director
Attachment Parenting International
Celebrate API Founders' Day
Observing the first weekend of June
This first weekend of June, API will celebrate its founding and mark 15 years of support for families all over the world. To commemorate this occasion and honor the contributions of our founders, Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, we're hosting a weekend celebration event with our co-sponsor Belmont University August 29-30 in Nashville, TN - the birthplace of API.  Check out all we have to offer and plan to join us!
API Links - Parenting News
Recent news related to AP
Raise your Hand against smacking 
From The Council of Europe: "Corporal punishment of children is the most widespread form of violence against children and it violates children's rights. It is ineffective as a means of discipline, conveys the wrong message to children and may cause seriously physical and psychological harm. Despite this, between 60% and 90% of parents in most European countries approve this practice.
The Council of Europe is challenging corporal punishment by campaigning for the total abolition of this practice and by promoting positive, non-violent parenting in its 47 member states.
The campaign launch of "Raise your hand against smacking" on 15 June 2008 in Zagreb propelled corporal punishment into the public debate. In communication terms, the real challenge is to convince adults to step back and take a hard look at their own parenting practices and attitudes towards children. And as few politicians are willing to undertake legislative change without public support, the campaign targets both the general public and decision makers."
Good relationship with parents may prevent teen drinking problems
Teenagers who have a strong relationship with their parents may start drinking at a later age - which may, in turn, lessen their risk of developing alcohol problems, a new study suggests.
The findings, published in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, underscore the important role parents play in the risk of problem drinking.
15 years in the making
API is making a difference 
The Attached FamilyAPI's magazine, The Attached Family, is offering two bonus issues this year - above and beyond its regular four print issues and weekly ezine at TheAttachedFamily.com, in celebration of its 15th anniversary.
Special 15th Anniversary Observation edition
- available as a color PDF later this month! This issue is shining the spotlight on API Co-founders Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker's new book, Attached at the Heart, the culmination of all that they have learned in the past 15 years at the helm of API...plus the years when the idea of API was still forming.
Special 15th Anniversary Commemorative edition - to be made available at the end of the year. This issue will take readers back through API's history...how the organization came to be what it is today - through an exploding timeline, a scrapbook of photos, and interviews with key volunteers who have helped API reach its many milestones as a global support and education organization for parents and their attached families.
Join API to receive a special six issues of The Attached Family for the same value as four!
Dr. William Sears on parenting
Register now for the June 29th API Live! Teleseminar
  WilliamSearsNeeds v. Wants: How to Fulfill a Child's Needs Yet Discern His Wants in a Way that Preserves Healthy Attachment
Join us as we talk with Dr. William Sears on API LIve!
Register now and join API Live! for a special Father's Day Teleseminar on June 29 at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST as API Co-Founder and co-author of Attached at the Heart Lysa Parker and former NBC anchor Lu Hanessian discuss Attachment Parenting with Dr. William Sears. They will delve into:
  • Needs in infancy: Why fulfilling infant needs is critical for healthy attachment;
  • Meeting a child's needs and deciphering wants in toddlerhood: Why parents get confused and anxious about this transition;
  • Understanding how meeting a child's wants is really coming from our own unconscious 'needs';
  • Exploring the real dynamics behind permissive parenting;
  • and MORE!
Submit your questions for Dr. Sears to API Live in advance, and we will try to address them during the call.
You can support API's mission and take advantage of the knowledge and experience Ask API Live's special guest by signing up today. Every dollar of your signup fee goes toward education, support, and outreach for parents in need. And don't worry about last minute conflicts - everyone who signs up will receive a link to download the MP3 the week after the event.

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About Dr. William Sears

Dr. Sears, or Dr. Bill as his "little patients" call him, is the father of eight children as well as the author of over 30 books on childcare. Dr. Bill is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Bill received his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital in Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto - the largest children's hospital in the world, where he served as associate ward chief of the newborn nursery and associate professor of pediatrics. Dr. Sears is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a fellow of the Royal College of Pediatricians (RCP).

After purchase, you will get an email with the dial-in details for this exciting edition of API Live. Within a few days of the call, you will get an email with the link to download the MP3.
API Members always attend at a special rate of only $9.
Your API Book Club
Chatting about Attached at the Heart in July & Connection Parenting begins in June
 Connection ParentingHave you been able to buy and peruse Barbara and Lysa's book, Attached at the Heart? How about looking over your neighbor's shoulder with interest? We have been talking about Attached at the Heart on the forums and there have been some great snippets pulled out of the book that might be some material for you to contemplate.
Barbara and Lysa will be provide an interactive chat on the API Reads Author forum June 15 through June 26. This a benefit for API members. Not a member yet? Consider joining! If you are not a member, you can still purchase a subscription to this chat separately.
For the months of June and July, we will be reading the book Connection Parenting by Pam Leo. This is such a wonderful book to cover with your circle of friends and family members. It's also a great tool for you and your husband to begin the topic of positive discipline. Purchase Connection Parenting here!
Your financial support makes a difference
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Supporting API means you're empowering and educating a vital community resource that serves children throughout their lives and engages in cost-effective prevention of problem behaviors: Parents.
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Happy Father's Day!
Gary Nicholson
Jim Parker
Dan Gray
Michael Petters

API Welcomes a New Leader!
Welcome to new API Support Group Leader, Rita Brhel, with API of Lincoln, NE!  

New Professional Members

API would like to welcome our new professional associate members:

  • Anna Cabrera, doula & lactation support, Seattle, Washington
  • Amy Warren, Tufts University, Woburn, Massachusetts
  • Tori Prophet-Schlough, parent education & family therapy, Conroe, Texas

We would also like to welcome a returning member this year:

  • Nancy Franklin, LCSW, LMFT, San Antonio, Texas

API endeavors to share accurate parenting information with you and will issue corrections to clarify any misrepresentation or inaccuracies. In the May 2009 issue of API Links, universal preschool was inaccurately characterized as mandatory and, while that has been proposed in the past, is not part of the current bills and acts considered. The universal preschool programs currently proposed are all voluntary. We regret the misinformation.

YOU can apply for API leadership!
Check out the new guidelines
To ensure that API is providing the best possible training to potential new leaders, we are excited to announce the following changes to the application process.
We have updated the reading list to include a variety of media options in order to accommodate different learning styles.
The reading list (now available for applicants after they have submitted their paperwork) includes books, DVDs, CDs, and websites.
Applicants will be required to read Attached at the Heart by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker, Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg, and Hold On To Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld. In addition, applicants pick four other resources from our list to review. Leaders may assist applicants by finding resources to review and holding monthly book club gatherings to discuss one or more of the required materials.
$15 individual/ family memberships!
15 days only!
We celebrate API's 15th Anniversary this month! We don't have yummy cake or champagne to pass around, but we will have a wonderful membership special to celebrate this monumental occasion. Starting June 15 through June 30, you will have the opportunity to
buy a family or gift membership (maximum of 2 per household) for only $15!
That's right - $15! Another reason to celebrate and take advantage of this membership special is this June 15-26, you will have the opportunity to
converse with co-founders, Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker, inside our API Reads Author forum. Keep on the lookout for this amazing membership special starting June 15th.
Valid: U.S. Individual/Family Memberships June 15 through June 30.
Limitation: Non-U.S. Memberships rather qualify for $15 off regular international price.
Shop and support API 
Cafe Press and the API Store
API's Store is open for business and growing. Watch for our grand opening event coming soon!
Already you can now purchase books, back issues of publications, DVDs, upcoming live and recorded API Live teleseminars, memberships, and more.
Visit Cafe Press' API Wear and Gear Shop for t-shirts, mugs, stickers, buttons, and more.
Have an interest in helping API develop store items? If so, please contact Rachel, the API Volunteer Liaison.
Marriage and parenting: June 22-26 
Join the free chat with marriage experts
Join us June 22-26 on the Marriage, Partners and Parenting forum as guest host Marcia Ferstnfeld, clinical therapist certified in Imago Relationship Therapy, leads our second of three chats.
Be sure to mark your calendar and tune in for a chance to ask an expert questions about managing challenges between parents. Our host is an Imago practitioner who will lead and facilitate discussion and offer insights into the unique attachment-approach that Imago features.  
Shout out to Dad!
Happy Father's Day from you and API 
FatherandsonIt's not too late to purchase your Father's Day gift. What a wonderful way to honor that special father(s) in your life that have supported you during your journey of life, journey of partnership, and now the journey of parenting.
Purchase a Father's Day package now so your father/husband can enjoy the upcoming teleseminar by dad of eight, and grandfather, Dr. William Sears!
A gift membership in which they can receive the quarterly magazine and all the other benefits of joining API? Most of all, how about publicly honoring them throughout the year by displaying their name and dedication on the API Tribute page? So many options for  a gift that just keeps on giving. Interested? Then click here to see our packages (through our secure site) that will be something truly special for the father(s) in your life.