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Review for Attachment Parenting International Inc, Bristol, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am on the Board of Attachment Parenting International and continue to be impressed with the quality of leadership, both from the Excecutive Director and staff, to the heart of the organization, it's volunteer Leaders and staff. These men and women give freely of their time, enriching the lives of so many families in their communities, supporting parents so that they can nurture their children. API understands that to truly change a culture, we have to start with young parents who need and want education, support, and guidance.

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

seeing the incredible benefits of empowerment to mothers, fathers, and professionals in the field of child development.

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

try to increase funding for their programs, including funding their parenting curriculum for teens and other undereducated young parents. I would also try to increase their visibility as an organization, as an example of an excellent grassroots movement.

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

The hope it gives me for mankind to see the love and commitment of so many volunteers, giving their time to support and nurture parents so that they can nurture their children.

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

committed, educated, kind, and nurturing. They understand that in order to help others, they must set an example for young parents to follow. Even the paid staff give many more volunteer hours than paid hours, because they see the huge need.

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

create parenting centers in every community where parents could get evidence based support for childbirth, breastfeeding, nurturing parenting,and positive discipline through the lifespan. We would also fund multi-disciplinary professional conferences.

Ways to make it better...

we had the funding to fullfill all of the need for outreach and evidence based materials that would help parents. Many parents are open to get help when they have a new baby, yet they are confused about the misinformation that they hear in our culture

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

changing the paradigm in our culture from fixing problems after they have manifested, to a prevention oriented culture that helps parents from pre-pregnancy through the lifespan of parenting. Funding needs to be focused here, not on the other end.

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

Babies are our future and deserve to come into a society that gives their parents the education and support to love, nurture, protect and properly educate their children.

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Role:  Board Member & I attend Board meetings, do public speaking, lead parenting workshops and counsel with parents on the phone and email.