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API Links October 2009
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API's mission emphasis: a compassionate world? families? children? parents? support? education? Impossible to separate, they are entwined with the common bond of being served by the strength of us working together. Every day, volunteers around the world are working toward this mission--from the editing of this API Links newsletter (with new features and more coming!) thanks to our new assistant editor, Camille North...to new API Leader Lori Forsythe supporting parents in an API Support Group in Brandon, Florida, USA...to you perhaps as a member, or about to become a member.
 
If you are not already a member, we invite you to join today, support API's mission, and enjoy all the benefits of membership. There's no better time--take advantage of this favorite membership special. If you are a member, thank you for your sustained support and giving us the momentum to move forward.
 
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API thanks these AP Month partners and sponsors:
Check out what the CDC has to say about breastfeeding and swine flu. Although we don't yet know about specific protection against swine flu through breastmilk, babies who are not breastfed get sick from infections like the seasonal flu more often and more severely than babies who are breastfed. Read more ...
 
Are this year's flu viruses more virulent than previous years'? No, says Dr. Jay Gordon. Swine flu, in particular, most likely won't pose a realistic threat to your family. 
 
Roger Day products are the perfect gift for the holidays. Visit the API Store to see this special offer. Read more ...

Babies must crawl before walking, right? It's necessary for their development. Not so fast... What we've thought all along may not be true. Take a look at the Au, who carry their babies in slings 86 percent of the time. Read more ...

You now have a way to "check your stuff" with a new website that lists hazardous chemicals and heavy metals found in everyday products. Are your children's toys safe? What about your dog's bone? Your handbag? Read more ...
 
This month, API Speaks is hosting a blog carnival on the topic of Attached at the Heart through the Years. Read more ...
 
Subscribe, renew, or give a gift of Mothering and receive more than ever. Plus, enter to win in their Toys Giveaway. Read more ...
 
Are planned home births really better for mom and baby? Up to now, the studies haven't been all that convincing. But now there's good news. Two new studies have been released, and they're giving us some great numbers. Read more ...
 
John API Live! on October 19 as Scott Noelle discusses: partnership parenting, unconditionality, what to do when your child pushes your buttons, transforming anger, and MORE! What better way to spend $9?
 
Scott Noelle is the author of The Daily Groove: A Creative Parents' Guide to the Art of Attraction Parenting. Through his website, EnjoyParenting.com, Scott offers a variety of tools and support for leading-edge parents. Submit your questions in advance and you may just get them addressed during the seminar. Read more ...
 
We frequently hear about the importance of the family dinner. Now the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reports that teens who have fewer than three family dinners per week are much more likely to use drugs, drink alcohol, and smoke. 

For every professional associate or colleague you successfully refer, you earn a free family membership or renewal! Read more ...

If your pregnancy is healthy and you're planning to schedule your baby's birth, it's best to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. Babies born too early may have more health problems at birth and later in life than babies born full term. Read more ...

Even though most parents say that they teach their children that lying is unacceptable, nearly 80% admit to telling at least one lie. Read more ...
 
"Attachment parenting has been such an incredible influence on our lives and parenting."
  --Jade Lundgren
Jade wrote "Italy/France" for her daughters Lucia and Pearl. You can find Jade on Facebook or visit her ReverbNation music page. Read more ...
 
Enter one or more of our 2009 AP Month contests. The deadline is October 19. Enter the photo contest, design contestdaily activities contest, and the children-only essay contest!
Take a look at the Family Activity Calendar, watch for tips on parenting children and teens, and read about API's partners--AskDrSears.com, Mothering, Infant Massage USA, and Search Institute--at AP Month Central. Read more ...
 
Become an API Leader!
Bring API to your community, and we'll help and support you. Come on, you know you want to! Read more ...
 
API Reads is an online book club for parents. The current read is Sleeping with Your Baby, by Dr. James McKenna. Read more ...
 
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