It is inspirational to see the attachment parenting message of connection and compassion being carried globally through API as well as Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson's book, Attached at the Heart. Their international welcome, and translation of their book into multiple languages, is uplifting. Thank you API for your 25 years of pioneering, nonprofit work! Onward!
API provides grounded resources and inspiration for families seeking deep connection with their children as a foundation for lifelong wellness. I have been personally inspired by their vision and dedication to bringing forward the wisdom of attachment science as both a professional and a parent. Thank you API for your commitment to families, and your positive impact on my own.
Attachment parenting is the absolute best way to love your children. Every decision we make based on attachment parenting principles feels right. We are treating our children with respect, and helping them to feel secure and loved in an uncertain world. We have certainly grown as parents as we’ve learned more about attachment parenting. We attempted to sleep train our first baby as that was what we heard you should do to get the baby sleeping in his own crib. To this day, we have great remorse, but are so thankful that we have since learned how to lovingly transition our children to their own beds. Sometimes it is hard and takes alot of time, but doesn’t anything worthwhile? Attachment parenting feels very counter-cultural in many ways, and that makes it hard as well. We’ve learned to “stick to our guns” so to speak, for the sake of our children. We want them to grow up loved and treasured so that they are capable of spreading that love to others.
I am an Attachment Parenting Support Group Leader in central Europe, Hungary, Budapest. I got a lot of help from API. Teaching materils, curriculum and also moral help with the challanges I face.
Out of all the non-profits out there helping parents and children, and there are a lot of them, API is of the highest quality, best organized, most helpful, and most respected. My family and I would not be who we are today if not for API. I would love to see API continue and grow their good work into eternity because I believe it's one of the best organizations that can help create a more compassionate world for us all.
The API supports the theory that children of divorced parents don't deserve Equal Custody.
The archaic Rhetoric that children should not have overnights with each parent and the notion that a primary parent exists, is reason for this non profit to go away.
Non profits should encourage family and help every child have all parents involved to the utmost in all periods of their lives.
API supports all parents in forming healthy relationships with their children, regardless of circumstances. Our Eight Principles of Parenting apply broadly because we recognize that every family has unique needs and special situations. We aim to honor and translate features of child development and parenting that help parents form their most nurturing relationship with each child at every developmental stage and life-event. Our goal is for every child to thrive because their parents took advantage of this non-prescriptive, research-based information and support.
API has helped me grow as a person to be a better mother to my daughter and keep the harmony and love, thank you for spreading the love.
We've adapted attachment parenting in our household, and the results have been remarkable. I can't say enough what AP does for our lives, and it's a fantastic all-around parenting resource.
API has helped me and my family so much. They have helped me to learn how to grow as a parent so that I can heal from my childhood and also serve my children in ways that I did not think were possible. I feel that attachment parenting is the peaceful future that all parents need to work towards and API is just one of the major stepping blocks that is working in our world to do that. They do so much on the local community level and also globally to serve their mission.
API has helped me find my path as a parent. I never knew "what kind of parent" I was, or aspired to be, but knowing the vision of API, it was easy to see. I aspire to be patient and understanding, and work to find joy and harmony with my little girl. What a wonderful mission they have!
API is all about promoting an approach to parenting that encourages peace within the family through nonviolence, compassion, and empathy. I've used this in my family and now help other families in incorporating the API parenting approach. In my own family, API's approach helped our marriage rehabilitate from one affected by domestic violence to completely free of any hurtful word, thought, or deed -- it completely changed the way me and my husband, and our children, view ourselves, each other, and our world. Some people equate API with fad parenting, but it's so much more holistic than that -- it's not about babywearing so much as promoting evidence-based nurturing touch. All of API's Eight Principles of Parenting are like that. They're not so much rules as guidelines to help families looking for more connection to figure out how to reach that goal.
Attachment Parenting International provides such needed education and support for an approach to parenting that is often overlooked in our society but that is, ironically, so vital for a sustainably healthy society. I love the articles, the support group feature, the forum, the teleseminars, the blog, and more.
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This group saved me from post party's depression, helps me through parenting struggles and has provided my best mamma friends. My life and my children's lives have been profoundly lifted through the efforts of the many volunteers at API. So grateful!
I don't have a lot of AP resources available locally, and API has been a regular source of support as my husband and I raise our sons, now 10 and 17. I especially enjoy the personal stories API publishes, as they have inspired me, helped me to feel less alone, and given me ideas I can implement in my family. I even had an article published, so I was able to pass on a little wisdom to others in the same way wisdom has been passed on to me!
Making a difference that will change the world and repair so much damage done by devastatingly cruel parenting methods.
API fills a roll that no other organizations can. I only wish there were an API support group within the reach of every single parent. It is critical to educate regarding evidence based parenting in this current culture. Raising children with secure attachments and empathic hearts is essential to the future of man kind.
I have been so grateful to my local API chapter for being a constant voice of reason through my six years of parenthood. It is wonderful to have friends you've never even met, resources and further reading so you can inform your own best parenting advice, a place to ask questions, and a place to read answers to questions you didn't even realize you had, and to have a forum where you can give back and share about your own experiences. I am so lucky I found API international as well as my local group. As a professional in the area of birth and new parenthood, I can also speak to just how valuable API is to my clients and other parents on a professional level. This form of support is crucial.