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Welcome to API Reads!

Welcome to API Reads!

The API Reads program is a way for you to read books that help you further your connection with your child and family. It is an educational resource but also a great way to discuss with others the parenting books you're already reading or had on your list. Its way more fun to read a book with a community than it is to read alone. Why not enjoy a discussion to see what points in the book really resonated with you, what portions you felt you wanted to get more information on, and what portions you felt were just not going to work in your family so that you can find suggestions on how it could. The API Reads program is a valuable resource to add to your attachment parenting toolkit. Goodreads is the online discussion forum we use for keeping you informed of the latest books that are being read by API and the opportunity to converse with others on the books you are reading.

Before you purchase your book, please click on the title of the book, and then make your purchases through Amazon so that API can earn a 4% commission off of your sell. Happy reading everyone!

Book Review: The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You

A great book on starting and maintaining balance for women. Provides reasons on why you need balance, how to examine where you can find balance, and what it can mean to you.

Disclaimer: The author references spirituality throughout the book in regards to being present with God, prayer, and remembering your passions are provided by God. Other than prayer the author does not suggest any religious implementations. The spirituality are just references.

BRC personal reviewer comments: Great book on finding time for yourself with various pockets in your day and making the best use of those pockets of time. To find and maintain your personal passions. I found this all to be very helpful and a much needed resource.

Book Review: Hands Free Mama

A great book on balance in regards to how technology can take over and make you miss those moments with your children and family. The author provides suggestions on how to balance technology with daily life and shares her own struggles in this regards. A great book and one that we'll be discussing in our Good Reads book club this July 31st through August 31st.

Two cute children's books

We've finished reading two adorable children's books that have positive messages in them for kids. Bend at Your Knees if You Please and Dogs and Bugs go Together… Really They Do both by Sharon Penchina and Dr. Stuart Hoffman. The Dogs and Bugs book teaches children about how to be a good friend and that friends can be different.  Bend at Your Knees describes health habits including good posture, sleep, and exercise. For both books the reviewer's 3-year old loved them!

Parenting with Wisdom and Compassion: Bring Out the Best in Your Family

API recently finished reading the book Parenting with Wisdom and Compassion: Bring Out the Best in Your Family by Ilene Val-Essen, Ph.D. The main premise of this book is to change your current parenting patterns into more positive, connective patterns that will help your children develop into healthy adults. Ilene also points out that along the way you'll also find yourself healing on the path to a more loving home.

API Reads: Join the "Parenting with Patience" discussion this Feb 2016

We are reading "Parenting with Patience" by Judy Arnall. Read at your own pace in your own time with no weekly deadlines! We'll be hosting an online discussion of this book on February 7th through the 13th through GoodReads. I truly hope you can join the discussion.

November API Reads

We are reading “Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles” by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka for the month of November and beginning of December. This is a wonderful resource that you will find valuable as a family. Some of the topics covered are: • Emotion coaching • Enforcing your standards while remaining connected • Tantrums • Temperament (yours and theirs) • And MUCH MORE… Our book for December and a portion of January is “Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings” by Dr. Laura Markham. This is a wonderful book that could be considered an extension of “Siblings Without Rivalry”. Purchase your books today to follow along. We are now posting our comments through API’s blog, APTly Said but you can also post to GoodReads with your comments along the way as well. Happy reading everyone!