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 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!
My local API group has helped me and family in innumerable ways. It's an amazing community and resource. I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of it.
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.
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
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.
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.
Even after four kids (and sometimes especially after four kids) I turn to API for advice, ideas, inspiration, and commiseration. They give strength not to cave to the awful advice that pummels parents from all directions. There is another way, a path less traveled, and API is the one there placing trail markers. Thank you!
When I had my baby it was towards the close of a very tumultuous period in my life. I did not have a lot of good advice coming to me. Most people I knew espoused ways of childrearing that did not include baby-wearing or even breast feeding, but I knew these things were best for children and I practiced them. After a particularly difficult holiday season I returned home depleted emotionally after being challenged repeatedly for keeping my baby so close [she was 5 mos.]
I finally went online and searched for meaningful commentary to validate my choices and that is when I found API-NYC, an online group where parents discussed childrearing.
Over the past 6.5 years my family has thrived because of the intelligent and compassionate support of other parents who are also part of the Attachment Parenting community. I have been able to make decisions about good nutrition because I am constantly updated about new resources, I am able to navigate developmental stages with with grace and humor because I can discuss parenting with other parents who also choose to honor the whole child.
My daughter enjoys a happy home that has her best interests at heart. She is supported in her choices and she thrives physically and emotionally. Our family has benefited from learning about non-violent communication, as well as a variety of consumer products, from child-supplements to probiotics to magnesium baths that can help to fortify and calm. I have learned about a variety of educational resources to empower my daughter's learning and more than anything I have found support as a woman, as a mother and as a sensitive person.
I have found my "tribe."
I do not know how I would have found so much success in my life without API-NYC. It gave me a ladder and my whole family has climbed.
API-NYC helped me give my daughter the rich life she deserves.
Raising children is the most rewarding and challenging work I've ever done. It's nice to have a community of like-minded parents to go to whenever I've needed support or just a listening, understanding ear.
I found API when I was the new parent to an infant. We began attending meetings and events when my daughter was 8 weeks old, and I really don't know how I would have made it through parenting her without API. The group has consistently offered a welcoming, safe, and gentle atmosphere where I have learned so much about parenting, have gathered emotional support, and have been motivated to parent consciously. I am so inspired by the women I have met, and continue to learn from them everyday. We have educational meetings, hikes, playdates, and book club. My best friends today are other mamas that I have met in API, and they challenge me to grow as a parent while also offering non-judgmental support. I really can't imagine my life without this organization! Although I am far from a perfect parent, I have a clear vision of what I aspire to be, and I continue to work toward that vision each day.
I use the information they post and publish both personally with my own kid and with clients as a Marriage & Family Therapist. I recommend them to other parents regularly as well as sharing the info I get from them with my colleagues.
API has been a go-to resource for me as a new mother. The links they provide to research-based information allows me to parent my daughter in a way that I KNOW is best for both of us, with that knowledge based on current science and not on hearsay or out-dated opinions.
After having five babies, I thought I was an old pro and there was nothing that could surprise me. When I had my sixth child, that all went down the drain. Right away, we had feeding issues. My supply was very low and to top it off, my baby would pull away from me and cry. He was a very unhappy child and I was stumped. I was a member of the local LLL group, but having come from a close knit group in California, I was uncomfortable with the detached type feel of the group as were a couple of other moms. One gal started a local API group in our town...it was me and her for a long time! Following the guidelines of the group, we recovered. It turned out I had kidney disease and it was greatly affecting my supply. I learned to use a supplementor and he took to it after awhile. Most important, we discovered he was autistic and the touching, holding, etc. was indeed hurting him. Because of that one gal, and later, a couple of more, my little man, now 10, is the biggest cuddle bunny and so happy! He is attached in a significant way to us and to his siblings. API saved my child from a life without human touch...we didn't want him to hurt. I cannot say enough about API.
This organization has helped me to pursue attachment parenting during and beyond the baby years. Since my children are now 3 and 7, API hs given me ideas how to maintain a healthy and happy relationship with my kids as they enter preschool and elementary school. This organization has also been a great resource for ideas about education and about taking care of myself and my own marriage. One book, recommended by API, was the "Mothers Guide to Self Renewal" by Trudeau. This book helped me to learn how to identify and fulfill my own needs as a woman. Thus, helping me to me be a healthier role model for my own children.