Welcome to API Reads!

The API Reads program is a way for you to read books that help you further your connection with your child and family. It is an educational resource but also a great way to discuss with others the parenting books you're already reading or had on your list. Its way more fun to read a book with a community than it is to read alone. Why not enjoy a discussion to see what points in the book really resonated with you, what portions you felt you wanted to get more information on, and what portions you felt were just not going to work in your family so that you can find suggestions on how it could. The API Reads program is a valuable resource to add to your attachment parenting toolkit. Good Reads (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/95405-api-reads) is the online discussion forum we use for keeping you informed of the latest books that are being read by API and the opportunity to converse with others on the books you are reading.

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Happy reading everyone!

We've finished reading two adorable children's books that have positive messages in them for kids. Bend at Your Knees if You Please and Dogs and Bugs go Together… Really They Do both by Sharon Penchina and Dr. Stuart Hoffman. The Dogs and Bugs book teaches children about how to be a good friend and that friends can be different.  Bend at Your Knees describes health habits including good posture, sleep, and exercise. For both books the reviewer's 3-year old loved them!

API recently finished reading the book Parenting with Wisdom and Compassion: Bring Out the Best in Your Family by Ilene Val-Essen, Ph.D. The main premise of this book is to change your current parenting patterns into more positive, connective patterns that will help your children develop into healthy adults. Ilene also points out that along the way you'll also find yourself healing on the path to a more loving home.

We are reading "Parenting with Patience" by Judy Arnall. Read at your own pace in your own time with no weekly deadlines! We'll be hosting an online discussion of this book on February 7th through the 13th through GoodReads. I truly hope you can join the discussion.

We are reading “Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles” by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka for the month of November and beginning of December. This is a wonderful resource that you will find valuable as a family. Some of the topics covered are:

• Emotion coaching
• Enforcing your standards while remaining connected
• Tantrums
• Temperament (yours and theirs)
• And MUCH MORE…

We are finishing up Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffelman and will begin Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne beginning August 31st. Parenting Without Power Struggles has been an excellent book in the positive discipline arena. If you haven't read it yet, be sure to pick it up and read it on your own.

We are still reading the book titled Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffelman. So far we’ve discussed how it is healthy to have children reach the Wall of Futility as you there to help them process this, that when they are frustrated is not the time to teach, finding alternative ways to connect to name just a few.

The July reading schedule will be as follows:

We’ve started reading the book titled Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffelman. So far we’ve discussed why you want to read this book, “should” thoughts causing power struggles, power struggles being futile when the person is engaged with the other person, the difference between being in charge and being in control, seeing and accepting the child you have, and forgiving our parents.

The June reading schedule will be as follows:

We’ll be starting a new book this May titled Parenting Without Power Struggles by Susan Stiffelman. This is a great book on how important attachment is with connection to help in your discipline problems. It also touches on subjects such as helping your kids through frustration; handling resistance, anger, whining, meltdowns, and aggression; being present and mindful; and empowering your kids to live their best lives. This is a great book and was voted on by you to read next.

 

The May reading schedule will be as follows:

In the book Love and Anger, we’ve discussed so far how anger is a natural emotion. A lot of the readers in the book club felt reassured that they weren’t the only ones to have felt this way before. They enjoyed the stories that the shared in chapter 1 to show examples of situations in which we as parents can become angry.

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