The Carnival of Presence Wrap-up

by API Blog on October 19, 2008

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We had many wonderful participants in the first-ever Carnival of Presence here on API Speaks. And that doesn’t include the guest posters and regular contributors who have shared their stories about giving their children presence all month long!

First, I’d like to take a moment to announce the wonderful Attachment Parenting Month prizes we have available here on API Speaks. Those who participated in the carnival, linked to the carnival on their blog, and those who go out and read one of the entries below and comment on this post with their thoughts on the carnival entry they read will all get a chance to win one of the following prizes:

Second, I’d like to announce the topic for next month Attachment Parenting Carnival: Nighttime Parenting. How do you respond with sensitivity to your child’s nighttime needs?

And finally, I’d like to tell you about another fun AP Month activity: <strong>The AP Month Photo & Essay Contests!</strong> All parents love to talk about their children and who doesn’t like to show off their adorable pictures? Now’s your chance: There’s no fee to participate, and you don’t have to be a member to enter. Not only could you see your photo or essay published on our website or in one of our publications, but there are a number of other prizes available, too. For more information, including where to email your photo or essay, check out the essay contest guidelines and the photo contest rules.

And now for the entries!

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APtly Said, Formerly API Speaks launched in April of 2008 as part of Attachment Parenting International's larger effort to offer interactive content through their newly-redesigned web site: All contributors to APtly Said, as with so many of API's staff, are volunteers who donate their time and energy to promote Attachment Parenting world wide.

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east end jenn October 20, 2008 at 11:01 am

I’m always in the market for recommendations on good reading! The Science of Parenting is a book I hadn’t come across yet, but the post on Babylicious certainly piqued my interest. Thanks, Shen-Li!


Adventures In Babywearing October 20, 2008 at 8:12 pm

This was such a great carnival. I loved Holistic Mama’s post “presence.”

It was a great reminder that if I could just practice being in the moment and “present” more often, then maybe it would come to mind easier. I need to focus on this more.



justine October 20, 2008 at 8:46 pm

I was so happy to contribute my story and to read how others find meaningful ways to give their children presence.

My real life AP village spent every Wednesday and Saturday in October wearing our babies for walks up and down the main streets of local towns. We were able to promote babywearing, AP, and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!


Shen-Li October 24, 2008 at 7:51 am

Alicia’s post on “Being Present” is such a great reminder to value our children and spend time with them doing what can sometimes feel like pointless activities. To us the activities might seem pointless, but to our children, it’s a special bonding time with someone they care very deeply for and what could be more important than that?

Stephanie and Heather are inspirations to me because they give perspective to my fears of having a second child because I’m worried I can’t cope with two. Yet they are handling so many kids and some with special needs, and still they manage.

Shelly’s post on “A Guiding Presence” is a great reminder to be present when our kids are angry with our decisions concerning them. Sometimes I catch myself getting upset with my son for doing things I find inconvenient to me at the time when he’s just being a toddler – inquisitive and curious.

I really agree with Elisa’s thoughts about baby wearing in her post on “Attachment Parenting Month” – babywearing for me has been a lot more than just a convenient way to handle my son. Aside from having him close to me and sharing the activities that I participate in, I find it very therapeutic to have him snuggled up against me.

I like Harmony’s perspective of “A Mother’s Lap” – love, acceptance and presence. I often find my son coming up to me at random times during the day to sit on my lap as if it refuels him and gives him the energy to continue on with his day. No words could express more articulately the bond we share.

That’s all I’ve managed to get through today, but I promise I’ll read the rest of the posts.


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