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Review for Attachment Parenting International, Bristol, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Client Served

Review for Attachment Parenting International, Bristol, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my family. We are a more connected family all the way around, and my children are growing up to be compassionate and emotionally balanced and mature.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do exactly what's being done. I could not run it any better than what's being done in this economic recession.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great availability of reading materials and connection to experts in the parenting field.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. They are parents themselves, which gives great credibility to the organization -- they believe enough in API to give back!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

literally change the world. It could reach more families and prevent child abuse, and go so far as to even prevent violence. Attachment Parenting is all about violence prevention. Once you become educated, global peace is actually attainable.

Ways to make it better...

there were more local support groups.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a lack of understanding of the full impact that Attachment Parenting has. Attachment Parenting is not a quick fix -- it's a process. What's popular is the quick fix, though quick fixes are not effective.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization does such a good job of reaching parents on a very limited budget. It has hundreds of volunteers around the world. People only dedicate hours to an organization that is worth those hours.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  General Member of the Public & I got parenting support here and pointed other parents here.