We're so close!
Working hard for a great cause draws us together. Shared passions remind us just how close to each other we really are. This movement to change parenting in our homes, in our communities and society at large is infused with your support and confidence in API! Thank you for your outpouring of financial contributions and kind words of encouragement. We feel that connection and your trust--and we are so pleased to share with you that we are now so close to our annual appeal goal of $50,000 U.S., just $3,000 shy!
In addition to preparing leaders and establishing support groups, API equips and educates not only families but also other organizations, the media, professionals, community leaders, and others who lean on API for quality information. With a presence all over the world, the work is around the clock and the impact is growing.
You are the ones who make this happen with your support of API. All of the plans and efforts that have taken root and are spreading are informed and encouraged by this very community. We listen and strive to be your chosen catalyst for change for a better future for families. You are invited to check out the API website if it has been a while and behold the meetings and events happening; the 2014 Year in Review; the flow of articles and sharing happening every day; and more.
Thank you to the long-standing API friends and donors and the tremendous number of new donors helping to advance this mission. Thanks for being close.
We're so close.
Attachment Parenting International
API Links Editor, Camille North, Finds Attachment Parenting Has Gone to the Dogs...
I thought that by now … now that my kids are older … I wouldn’t be doing as much hands-on Attachment Parenting.
And then we got a Great Dane.
A giant, almost three-year-old beast of a big baby.
A rescue. The sweetest thing to ever walk on four legs.
I’ve been thrown back about ten years, into the days of being constantly needed, incessantly petitioned, and continuously called. Only this time, it’s whining, pawing, and head-butting. Thank goodness there’s no diapers and pacifiers - and in this case, breastfeeding! - involved.
I almost feel like all my Attachment Parenting “training” has led me to this moment. There’s no telling how many more years will go by before I have grandchildren (aack! I’m too young to even be thinking about that, right? … and sadly, who knows if I’ll ever have ANY!), so this dog has to do the trick.
So now, instead of juice spilled on the carpet, it’s rawhide fragments littering the floor. Instead of diapers, it’s giant poops in the yard that need to be picked up (do they make a Doo-Doo Genie?) Instead of a toddler running up and tugging on my shirt to hold her, it’s the enormous head of a dog bumping my hand to get pets, splashing my coffee onto the chair. The muddy footprints are the same, whether by dog or child.
I’m grateful she’s house-trained. I’m thankful she’s as sweet as can be. And I’m ecstatic she’s not a slobberer.
And now Tasha tells me she needs a playmate. Sigh.
This month we welcome our newest Leader, Megan Byers of API of Central Arkansas. Welcome!
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We have a whole bunch of great articles this month on our APedia site! You can easily check out the latest news API has found to help you parent successfully.
This month, we bring you news on lots of exciting topics. Click here to see the latest information on the importance of dads; breastfeeding; calm, carried babies; bullying; and MORE!
Treat Your Valentine!
**Hawaii 5-Night Stay
Up for Bid Feb 9-13**
Treat your valentine or your whole family to a week in Hawaii!
Bidding is only February 9-13 in this special API auction event. Help raise funds for a great cause.
Explore the accommodations now and prepare to bid when the auction opens on February 9. All proceeds benefit API. Of course, there's a great deal of benefit to whomever you invite! Last year's winner declared it was wonderful!
Young Child Expo and Conference
New York City
April 22-24, 2015
Sister Tesa Fitzgerald
October 1-2, 2015
See the messages from the AP community in acknowledgment and appreciation for all our volunteers do for families.
Thank you to all the API volunteers, from 1994 to today!
In Honor Of ...
Barbara Nicholson and all my dear "bosom buddies" in La Leche League
- Karen Fletcher
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to help you create an advertising package to fit your message and budget.
API is proactively engaged with organizations with diverse missions and activities in order to leverage and expand our work in supporting all parents, children and families to promote secure attachments and strong, positive relationships.
Want to Change a Life?
You can now apply online
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becoming an API Leader!
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