Looking Back: API Speaks in 2009

December 28, 2009

One of my favorite parts about the end of a year is to look back and see what happened during the previous 12 months and look ahead to what the coming year may bring me. As I looked back over API Speaks, I decided to share with you a couple of posts from each month, […]

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Positive Holiday Discipline

December 24, 2009

Discipline is a hot topic in my house right now.  Since I live in an intentional community and my son is the oldest of the children, it is also something of a fishbowl environment. My now 18-month-old son is testing the limits in all new ways, challenging, finding his boundaries, and seeing how far he […]

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Yes Annika, there is a Santa Claus

December 23, 2009

Before I was a mother I always knew that if I had children, I would never lie to them, which included Santa. I always figured that kids needed to know their parents told them the truth.

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Healthier Holiday Snacks

December 22, 2009

Sweet Holiday Traditions from the Past Many of my holiday memories revolve around food. Aside from my dad’s amazing turkey, stuffing, and gravy, there have always been Christmas cookies, Christmas fudge, stockings filled with candy – it’s no wonder I was a regular at the dentist. And it isn’t just the taste and smell of […]

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6 Tips for Sleepy Safety During Your Holiday Travels

December 21, 2009

Holiday season in many of our vocabularies is synonymous with travel and travel means messing with our child’s normal routine; not only our child’s routine but also our own as well. This is often most visible in our sleeping patterns. When I am traveling I either sleep lighter or heavier. Sometimes I have a very […]

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Christmas and Crisis

December 16, 2009

The only Christmas I was pregnant, my second pregnancy, was not one I spent celebrating with carols and singing and anticipation of things to come. Instead, I spent the time in a cramped van for two days, and laughing for the first time. When I was 19 weeks pregnant, my father-in-law passed away very suddenly […]

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Attachment Parenting and the Holidays

December 15, 2009

The holiday season is in full swing and as families get together for celebrations, they might find themselves faced with several challenges: co-sleeping while traveling, maintaining balance with so much going on, nurturing a new baby, and much more. There have been several posts here at API Speaks related to the holidays and so today, […]

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AP Picture Books Make Great Holiday Presents 

December 11, 2009

Wondering what to give your young children this holiday season that’ll be both fun and meaningful? Every kid loves a colorful picture book with a fun narration they can relate to, but so many children’s books depict non-AP scenes and situations – like a baby happily falling asleep in a crib or a four-year-old receiving […]

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