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. Don't have time to read… join in the discussion anyways to see what useful information you can gather for a time period when reading is a much longed for indulgence. Plus, some of the books will be in audio format as well. We hope you enjoy and participate in the API Reads program through GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/95405-api-reads.
2013 reading schedule:
May/June: Attached at the Heart by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker
July/August: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life by Renée Peterson Trudeau
September/October: Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
November/December: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting by John Gottman, Ph.D.
2014 reading schedule:
Jan/Feb: The Science of Parenting by Margot Sunderland
Mar/Apr: Giving the Love that Heals by Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt
May/Jun: 2nd edition of Attached at the Heart by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker
Jul/Aug: Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel
Sep/Oct: Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Too by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Nov/Dec: Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma by Nancy Samalin
Any good books you've read that you think would be wonderful to add to the mix? Email us to let us know.
Happy reading everyone!
To join the discussion, please click here to be taken to the GoodReads website.
From this book you learn about the Emotion Coaching through your child's developmental stages of childhood through adolescence. The effects of Emotion Coaching on your children and family all the way through divorce, separation, and the importance of fathers. This is a truly valuable book to read and one in which you will gain even more insight when you participate in the discussion online.
Book description from Amazon.com
Intelligence That Comes from the Heart
Every parent knows the importance of equipping children with the intellectual skills they need to succeed in school and life. But children also need to master their emotions. Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child is a guide to teaching children to understand and regulate their emotional world. And as acclaimed psychologist and researcher John Gottman shows, once they master this important life skill, emotionally intelligent children will enjoy increased self-confidence, greater physical health, better performance in school, and healthier social relationships. Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child will equip parents with a five-step "emotion coaching" process that teaches how to:
- Be aware of a child's emotions
- Recognize emotional expression as an opportunity for intimacy and teaching
- Listen empathetically and validate a child's feelings
- Label emotions in words a child can understand
- Help a child come up with an appropriate way to solve a problem or deal with an upsetting issue or situation
Written for parents of children of all ages, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child will enrich the bonds between parent and child and contribute immeasurably to the development of a generation of emotionally healthy adults.
Learn more about John Gottman, Ph.D. at: http://www.gottman.com/about-us-2/dr-john-gottman/