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August 2010 - Full of Love, Blossom on AP, How to Stop a Bully, and the Teenage Brain

Dear Supporter,

It's that time of year again ... time to shake the sand out of your sandals, pack away the battered suitcases, and stock up on pencils and notebooks. August is always a time of transition--a time to reflect on the lazy togetherness of summer and relish those family memories, when the most important thing to worry about was whether to sip iced tea or lemonade.

Whether you're concerned about bullying, texting, or adolescence, in this month's Links, we give you a variety of items you'll find interesting.

Learn about
--how a mother's love affects us into adulthood,
--the neurobiology of the teenage brain, honesty, and drugs, 
--how to stop a bully,
--how to read The Attached Family FREE!, --the 2010 AP Month theme,
--what Michelle Obama is doing about breastfeeding, and
--how texting affects parents' relationships with their teens, in Just For Fun

Also, check out our two amazing teleseminars! Actress Mayim Bialik talks about her new projects and forthcoming book, while the author of The Truth about Spanking, Nadine Block, discusses what parents really need to know about physical discipline.

This month, we give a warm welcome to our new API Leader Dawn Abbate, API of Southern Washington. Welcome, Dawn!

Camille North

Editor, API Links

Please let us know what you like and what you don't about Links

API is a free enewsletter, dedicated to bringing you information to support you in your parenting journey. Among the links, API also shares with you a few links to its online magazine for members. To find your password for those links, visit the Members section of the API website or find it in your print copy of The Attached Family. Not a member? You can join in the API mission today.

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API Is Thrilled to Welcome
its newest Board of Directors member, co-author of numerous Sears Parenting Library books and longtime API advisor,

Martha Sears!

"I am honored to join the API Board of Directors," said Sears. "I have enjoyed my time on the API Advisory Board and will continue with new contributions on the Board of Directors."

Sears is the co-author of 25 books, drawing on 18 years of breastfeeding experience. She is the mother to eight children, one of whom has Down Syndrome and another who is adopted, and is an frequent guest on numerous television talk shows. She is a founder of AskDrSears.com with her husband Dr. Bill Sears and sons Drs. Jim and Bob Sears. Welcome, Martha!

API Gives a Warm Welcome
to Canada's Favorite Parenting Expert
Judy Arnall!

Arnall, founder and director of Attachment Parenting Canada Association, API conributing author, and best-selling author of Discipline Without Distress, is the newest Resource Advisory Council member. She is the mother of five children and a parent educator.

"I am very honored and privileged to join the API Resource Advisory Council, and I will contribute current research and best practices on Attachment Parenting as they become available in Canada," said Arnall.
Welcome Judy!

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API Links you to ...
News on adolescent health and mental well-being, lifelong happiness due to Mom's affection, Dr. Hale's InfantRisk Call Center, the AP Month call for entries, and from Blossom to The Big Bang and more!

Announcing the 2010 Attachment Parenting Month Theme and Ways to Get Involved Now

Help API and its partners and sponsors fill children and parents "Full of Love"

  Join in the third annual AP Month celebration "Full of Love:  Parenting to meet emotional and physical needs for children."

  Through AP Month each October we work together to focus attention and raise understanding about the importance and impact of secure attachment. This October our attention is on a whole-child approach to prevent childhood obesity. We'll focus on supporting parents in providing healthy emotional connections with family, good nutrition and physical activities to nurture the whole family and prevent childhood obesity.

  Check out AP Month Central and stay tuned into the AP Month activities including the online auction and opportunities for you to showcase your writing and/or photographic talents! You can submit your entries now--we're calling all photographers and essayist, including the kids, to submit entries that reflect the 2010 AP Month theme. See the entry requirements on AP Month Central. All entries will be eligible for special gifts and our top picks will be featured in our 2011 publications.

  Join the AP Month partners--Attachment Parenting Canada, Ask Dr Sears, International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), Infant Massage USA, Dr Sears L.E.A.N., Mothering Magazine, and API--and insert the missing ingredient in childhood obesity prevention: Secure attachments!

New AP Month Feature: Online Auction!

A new interactive feature of this year's AP Month is the online auction! View auction items here. Are you crafty? Do you have valuable merchandise, rare collectibles, business services, or personal services to offer? Do you have access to unique events? We need your contribution! To donate auction items.

Woohoo! The Attached Family Online Is Now Public!
TheAttachedFamily.com is now available to the public without a login. Why? Well, we couldn't keep up with the password! Seriously, though ... Originally, the online magazine was created to economically expand the information provided to API members. However, what we've found is that the online magazine has become such a great resource that we felt we just had to share it with everyone. We hope you enjoy it and that you consider
joining API to receive the quarterly print magazine for exclusive articles, or giving a donation to API to continue this service.

Dr. Hale's InfantRisk Call Center Is Now Open!
The national call center will answer
 women's and their healthcare providers' questions about the use of specific
 medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding/lactation with the most
 up-to-date, research-based information (806-352-2519). The
 InfantRisk Center is the brainchild of Thomas W. Hale, PhD, RPh, Professor
 of Pediatrics, at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, and it is
located in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Amarillo and
 Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health.

Can a Mother's Affection Prevent Anxiety in Adulthood?
Babies whose mothers are attentive and caring tend to grow into happy, well-adjusted children. But the psychological benefits of having a doting mother may extend well beyond childhood,
a new study suggests.

Enhancing Baby's First Relationship
These DVDs present the findings from a Nova Scotia study on the effects of mother-infant skin-to-skin contact along with parents' accounts of their experiences. The DVDs and their accompanying Guide have been created for expectant and new parents and for the perinatal care practitioners who support and care for them during this important time.

CIMS Responds to the Publication of an Extremely Skewed Study on the Safety of Homebirth
The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is outraged that the publishers of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG) accepted a poorly designed and methodologically unsound study in which authors concluded there is a 3-fold increase in neonatal mortality in planned home births compared with planned hospital birth.

The Miracle Isn't the Bra
The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is proud to be a participant in the Best for Babes Foundation's release of a 
unique new breastfeeding ad in a special Pregnancy Wellness Report inserted in USA Today last month in the greater metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.

There's Only One Way to Stop a Bully
We have to teach children how to be good to one another, how to cooperate, how to defend someone who is being picked on, and how to stand up for what is right.

Zero Three's national survey of parents with children ages birth to 3 years, "Parenting Infants and Toddlers Today," has provided critical new insight into key issues and influences related to how parents make child-rearing decisions. You can also view the latest issue of their donor newsletter, The Growth Chart, which expands on many of the most important survey findings.

Extended through August:The Attached Family Magazine ... Free!
Become a member today and receive Jan Hunt's MP3 FREE along with continued FREE viewing of our amazing electronic version of The Attached Family!

Study Examines Use of Car Seats outside the Car
When used improperly or for unintended purposes, car seats can place children at risk for injury or death. 

API Parenting Survey Report Shows Importance of Support!
You won't believe how important parent support is ...
... until you read it. You can.
See what parents have to say in the API 2009 Parent Support Survey. Please help us sustain this impact and create more stories by making a financial contribution to API today. Just $10 from every person receiving this message will help API meet its budget and keep the ripples going. Donate online or mail a contribution to API, PO Box 4615, Alpharetta, GA, 30023. And thanks.

Q. Did You Ever Smoke Pot?  A. It's Complicated.
Doctors, and the parents who look to them for advice, need a way to integrate their standards of honesty with what we know about preventing substance abuse -- and with new research that makes it clear we know a lot more today than anyone did when we were young.

Wow! Two API Live Teleseminars! Don't Miss Them!

Actress Mayim Bialik Live!

Monday, August 16, 8:00 PM EST
Register for this call to hear hosts Lu Hanessian and API cofounder Barbara Nicholson talk with attachment parenting mother of two and actress Mayim Bialik. You remember her as  Blossom and now know her in her current role on The Big Bang Theory as Jim Parsons nerdy, brainy love interest
Hear about Mayim's personal AP parenting experiences, and find out about her new projects, including an AP book she's writing on what babies need (and don't need), and why she feels so compelled to spread the word.

"The Truth about Spanking: What Parents Must Know about Physical Discipline" with Nadine Block--Live!

Monday, August 30, 9:00 PM EST
Register for this call to hear hosts Lu Hanessian and API cofounder Barbara Nicholson talk with Nadine Block about
* the practice and effect of spanking on cognitive and physical well-being,
* the confusion surrounding spanking and good behavior,
* how our own childhood experience drives our decision to spank or not, and
* what to do if your spouse and you disagree on spanking
... and more.

New Scientific Research on Childhood Obesity...

In Adolescence, Happier Often Means Healthier
Study finds close ties between positive emotions and physical well-being. Teens with sunnier outlooks tend to be healthier.

Preventing Obesity Begins at Birth through Breastfeeding
As First Lady Michelle Obama launches her campaign to fight childhood obesity, the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) reminds the public, health care professionals, and educators that obesity prevention begins at the earliest moments of life when parents make infant feeding decisions. Breastfeeding has been shown to have an impact on obesity throughout the life span, while also contributing to numerous other positive health outcomes.

Impact of Childhood Obesity Goes beyond Health
In one study, the chronically overweight were 50 percent more likely to be unemployed, on welfare and single. These adults probably experienced discrimination as children that diminished their self-esteem and, in turn, their aspirations.

H.R. 5628, a Congressional Bill to Ban School Corporal Punishment
U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY 4th District) has introduced H.R. 5628, a bill to ban corporal punishment in schools. See also the
Center for Effective Discipline.

More Countries Achieve Prohibition of Corporal Punishment
Add Tunisia and Poland to the list of countries prohibiting all corporal punishment of children. That makes 28 in all. 

See the Recent Review of AATH on Suite 101.com
"Attached at the Heart is a great introduction to the big names and foundation of ideas that Attachment Parenting is based on. With a solid balance between theory and practical tips and ideas and comprehensive collection of references to additional resources, Attached at the Heart is a valuable addition to any parenting library."

Will Rahima's Firstborn Survive Overwhelming Odds? Positive Deviance for Maternal and Newborn Care in Pakistan
In this place where infant and maternal mortality are couched in fatalistic terms -- e.g., "as God's will" -- and where women, by tradition, are not allowed to participate in health education meetings. "The odds of survival for the yet-to-be-born in Rahima's village have gone up significantly since the PD approach to maternal and newborn care was implemented."

Do You Spend Time Visiting Parenting Forums?
Next time you're reading, looking for support and seeking like-minded parents, think of which online home is the most nurturing. API is a place for gentle, intelligent conversation about compassionate parenting practices. When you need support, not criticism, head on
over to the API Forum and get your virtual hugs.

Join Us at API Reads As We Read Jan Hunt's The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart

For the months of August and September, we're reading The Natural Child, by Jan Hunt. From her website (www.naturalchild.org): "With its clear focus on mutual respect, The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart offers a loving and respectful approach to raising a happy, trusting and confident child. The Natural Child includes a foreword by Peggy O'Mara, Editor/Publisher of Mothering Magazine. It has been approved by La Leche League International, Attachment Parenting International, and Nurture by Nature Network.

Just for Fun ...  

Do As I Say, Not As I Text!

LG mobile phone survey reveals surprising adult texting behavior, but study also finds 90 percent of texting parents feel closer to their teens as a result of texting.

API's 2010 Blog Carnival Continues!

Are you a blogger? Join the carnival! API Speaks, Attachment Parenting International's blog, begins its series of blog carnivals. These carnivals will center on API's Principles of Parenting. Interested? Here's the schedule:

September: Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life

(Deadline for submission: 09-10; Carnival date: 09-17)

October: October is Attachment Parenting Month so we'll be hosting an AP Month-themed carnival this month. Details will follow as AP Month 2010 nears.