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December 2009
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AATH book coverAttachment Parenting International realized a long-held goal to have a book that captured the essence of Attachment Parenting. Of great blessing was to publish the book with a cover that captured the essence of an Attachment Parenting family--the Paris-Barnet Ress family of Nashville, Tennessee, mother Elizabeth Paris, father Jay Barnet Ress, and children Zachary and Elysha. At this Thanksgiving time, Elizabeth's long struggle with cancer came to an end. While API mourns her loss and grieves with the family, along with the API of Nashville Support Group, API is glad to have been graced with her life and this enduring cover photo treasure of secure attachment.
 
The tremendous need families have for parenting support is evident to us at API every day--several of the below links in this edition of API Links make that point very well. I know you're ready to jump to the links but first be sure to continue reading just a bit more to connect with all of API's great links.
 
From assisting parents who welcome a little one but lack the extended family presence or experience to nurture these new parents, to families torn apart by separation and custody issues, to creating awareness about the benefits of adopting the Eight Principles--API is meeting needs. But it's not just families in need, we have a society in need of parenting support, a society that still lingers in practices that science and instinct have long since shown us are unhealthy for children and the adults they will become. With the recent unfortunate advice in a popular magazine regarding children and sleep, API Board President Janet Jendron noted, "It just shows how badly API is needed."
 
By broadening API's presence through accredited Leaders--a big welcome to our most recently accredited Leader Carrie Schaefer of TriCities Parenting (API of East TN)--Support Groups, its publications and communications efforts--especially Attached at the Heart--events, educational resources, and more, API can do even more to change the norm. Think of a world with attachment parenting as the standard of parenting. Think of the impact if every one of us were to help by contributing time and resources.
 
We hope to count on you to support API as we work to meet our budget needs right now for 2010 through our API Founders Appeal: Give to Change the Heart of Parenting. We need you to make a contribution now, and even make a pledge throughout the year, so please visit our campaign, and then spread the opportunity to help.
 
Mothering CoverIn this edition of API Links, don't miss the tips and ideas for making the most of your holiday family time. For your holiday gift-giving, we are excited to offer you the opportunity to purchase gifts that keep on giving--for generations to come. Visit our newly updated API Store, and find holiday gifts that always fit, never go out of style, and don't gather dust. And don't miss our membership special--with a special offer of a FREE one-year digital subscription to Mothering magazine!--whose support of API we so appreciate. Click here to receive your subscription--it's searchable, printable and linkable and a great way to have Mothering at your fingertips.

 
We thank you for standing alongside API this year, celebrating our 15th Anniversary and growing together in so many ways (see API's Annual Report!). We are so blessed to have such a caring and giving Attachment Parenting community, and we celebrate that every day. As with last year, API Staff will be taking a much-deserved break from daily tasks December 21 through January 1 to spend more time with their families. API's tech systems will still process your membership and store purchases, and donations during that time, as well as send out our annual appeal requests. If you have an urgent need, please contact me.
 
Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year to You!
  
Sincerely,
  Samantha Gray
    and the volunteers, staff, and board at Attachment Parenting International
APILinksAPI Links for you...
  
Oxytocin--Not Just for Baby Love Anymore - The Biology. Learn more ...  
 
Here's a Great Idea for Holiday Gifts That Support API: Roger Day Music! For a limited time! Purchase these great CDs and fun DVDs you'll kids will love through December 31st, and 15% of the sales will benefit API. What better gift than a gift that gives twice? Learn more ...  Be sure to check out the rest of the API Store and find great gifts for those in your life.
 
We May Be Born With an Urge to Help and how inductive parenting supports that urge. Learn more ...
 
API Membership: Buy 1 membership and besides all the great benefits, get 1 FREE MP3 AND beginning December 11, a FREE one-year digital subscription to Mothering Magazine. Offer expires December 31, 2009. Already a member? You can claim your gift digital subscription to Mothering Magazine as your gift from API and Mothering too--watch for your notice! Learn more ... 
 
AP Experts--Together--Listen as They Share with Us and Each Other
The December API Live Teleseminar is now available, featuring the AP expert Think Tank with Sears, Sears, McKenna, Cahill, Fox, Gaskin, Nicholson and Parker, and host Lu Hanessian at the API 15th Anniversary Event. Get your copy ...
 
API Founders Appeal: Give to Change the Heart of Parenting
Do you believe in our mission? Has API helped you in some way? Show us your appreciation by donating today to our biggest fundraising campaign of the year. Watch as our special message series unfold here. Make API your top charity and help provide essential information and support to parents everywhere. Forward our appeal messages to friends, family, professionals, and community leaders and invite them to join you in supporting API. Learn more ... 
 
Gift-Giving from the Heart and Hands, Not the Wallet
Judy Arnall, Canadian mother of five and author of Discipline without Distress, joins The Attached Family magazine's editorial team as the woman behind the "Professional Parenting" column series. This month, read about great gift ideas your toddler, preschooler, older child, or teen can make--instead of buy--creating lasting memories about the real spirit of the holidays. Read more ...
 
Read ideas on how to downsize this year, not only to save money but to make this season more meaningful for you and your children. Learn more ...
 
API responds to Time's "Decade from Hell" with some hot tips on infants, children, and sleep--and crying. Read and add yours...
 
Four Infant Deaths Prompt Record 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs Recall
Four infants have suffocated in cribs manufactured by Stork Craft, and sales of the cribs recalled go back to 1993. There have been 100 incidents of the sides detaching from the cribs. Read more ...
 
Breastfeeding--A Gift to Protect Mom's Health Too 
Breastfeeding may offer mothers long-term protection against a condition called metabolic syndrome, linked to diabetes and heart disease. Learn more ... 
 
Working British dads want more time with their children and want to take a more active role in caring for them. Read more ...
 
Anger is more likely among the young, those with children at home, and the less educated, a new study finds. Read more ... It's not the fussy mommy or daddy but rather The Fussy Baby by Dr. Sears that API Reads, API's online book club for parents, is discussing now.  Join the chat ... 
  
  
How do you raise a drug-free kid? Be a parent. Read more ... and here's more:
The Straight Dope: Studies Link Parental Monitoring with Decreased Teen Marijuana Usage  Do parents make a difference when it comes to teen drug use? You bet.
 
Be a Gift to Your Community--Become an API Leader!
Bring API to your community, and we'll help and support you. Start the year off by connecting with parents like you. Read more ...
  
Infant mortality is linked to the well-being of mothers from the time they were in the womb themselves, including physical and mental health; personal behaviors; exposure to stresses, like racism; and their social ties. Read more ... More on mothers and pregnancy: Dr. Sears writes an open letter to the FDA commending its new draft report reviewing the net effect of eating fish for pregnant women and their babies. If you would like to add your voice to Dr. Sears' and eleven of his colleagues', you are welcome to sign his letter. Read more ... 
 
 
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