I'm grateful for how API has supported and validated me so much as a parent to my two young girls. We are parents who "fell into" attachment parenting and having this community to guide us with experienced advice on extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, gentle discipline, etc. has been invaluable. It's not just the practical wisdom about these practices that API offers (though that is extremely helpful). But it's the emotional, psychological and spiritual wisdom from parents with older children who've learned the ropes which supports others in making the choice to parent with love and gentleness. I really believe that API practices can change the world by helping shape the next generation.
I found API when my son was born 6 years ago. The group API- NYC has been a lifeline for me through moves to 2 different sates where my parenting style was not the norm. It has been an amazing support that has given me information I needed as well as a sense that others have the same issues I do and choose to handle them in a way that I am comfortable with. I am so grateful for the support and information I get from API.
Volunteering for API came from my masters in early childhood education and child development. They understand this crucial period well.
I have found support many times through the API network in many different subjects related to raising a child. The support offered is invaluable because sometimes a mother might feel isolated or simply not have enough resources to deal with some issues that might come up. Belonging to a community (which is not only an online one but also in real life!), where parents share and care for one another, is extremely important, especially nowadays where the nuclear family has kept us in a small- separated world where wisdom and knowledge is not easily passed from one to another.
API is an inspiration! it aims for child and family flourishing in a world that is often hostile to those aims. it is a place to go for support of compassionate, nurturing parenting. While it inspires, it is also realistic about family life. Heart and mind together in its approach, advice and promotion. I find it to be a highly ethical organization.
Great support for parents who wish to parent peacefully and with respect. They have amazing online resources and local support groups.
Exceptional resource and support network without borders! Families all around the world continue to turn to API as a resource. Thank you!
My whole family, eight children and now 14 grandchildren, have benefitted immensely from what we have learned from Attachment Parenting, International. And in my husband's and sons' Pediatric and Family Medicine practices, we have seen the effects of this organization as it supports the parenting choices that our these families make to stay connected. The families are healthier in so many ways by practicing this way of parenting. Thank you, API, for making a huge difference in our lives, the lives of the parents we serve, and in the wider world of families in our nation and even around the world. One of the best ways they do this is through, not only the local support groups, but through a remarkable website that offers information and encouragement for the hard but joyful work of parenthood.
I am first time Mother. I read a lot of parenting books and tried to stay informed. When my daughter was born I still felt there was a disconnect between what I was learning and real life. I am so grateful I found my local API group!! They are the first I think of now when I have a question about child raising or something wonderful that has happened as a parent. I always look forward to reading everyones posts and comments . They are so insightful, thought provoking, knowledgable, and caring. I kinda don't feel so alone anymore on the conscious parenting path. Thank you!!
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I am grateful for API! I had not been around children much before my son was born 6 years ago. I was bombarded with people wanting to help guide me along as a new mother. I was given books about how to teach your child to cry it out and other parenting techniques. I tried a few and ended up having to give my child what I wished I had been given when I was growing up. I am blessed to find a program that supports the connection that children need. When I would question my self, I could always come to API for validation and information. Thank you to all who support this incredible awareness! Lisa
I'm a parenting coach and I often send my clients to API as they have a plethora of resources especially for new parents. I only wish API had been around when my children were small. I would have learned to trust my intuition more and not given away so much of my power to the "parenting expert" du jour.
I recently participated in the Attached at the Heart Educators' Training and will be teaching the AATH curriculum hopefully soon.
API has been a strong influence in my parenting. It has offered me guidance in areas that were unknown territory for me. API makes me feel normal :-).
API has helped me finding my empowerement as a father, and for that I'm extremely grateful!
I love API so much that I became a support group leader this year! It's a fantastic organization that provids parenting resources for free. I cannot recommend it enough.
API has been a wonderful source of support in my parenting journey. It is a non judge mental truly caring venue to get advice on topics such as cosleeping, extended nursing, positive discipline, etc. I am constantly finding myself reaching out to this group when I have a question about something my children are doing and I need help with. I could not imagine what it would have been like if I had not found this group 3 years ago!
My experience with API is that it has been a wonderful source of support and inspiration to me since I began my parenting journey almost 10 years ago. The leaders of our group have been nothing but inviting and warm and provide great resources with science-backed information. I trust the board members, and know that this non-profit is sincere and legit, paving the way for gentler, more informed parenting.
I have been involved with API for many years. My local group was an invaluable source of support when I was a new mom, as I learned to follow my instincts and parent in a connected and compassionate way. When I saw how much the group was needed in our community, I became an API support group leader, and eventually started volunteering with the international organization as well. API serves an absolutely vital role in parent education and support, and has done so much good not only in my small community, but worldwide. I truly believe that API's work is helping to make the world a better place--right now and for generations to come.
API Inc. has been invaluable to me. I would not be half the mother I am today were it not for the API listserv I belong to, moderated by API leaders.
we are a family from Barcelona, Spain. We recently moved to Brooklyn and one of the most helpful and warm family group that we met was the API support group. The families and Volunteers involved are very generous and respectful with all the people that comes to them to receive advise related to practical things. No matter if you are asking for big or small questions, you always receive support and information with the potencial of making big and positive changes on a family life.
I recommend 100% this non-profit because is very human and useful for families of different ages.