Friends are cherished

October 28, 2014

Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes.
They are kind to one another’s dreams.
– Henry David Thoreau

It’s so clear that you have to cherish everyone.
I think that’s what I get from these older black women,
that every soul is to be cherished, that every flower Is to bloom.
– Alice Walker


Just because they are family, does that mean they shouldn’t be treated like a friend?


Teachers help you flourish

October 27, 2014

The best teachers are those who keep students motivated, challenged and flourishing. ~ John Kline   Are you being the best teacher you can be for your children?

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What makes a “favorable environment?”

October 26, 2014

Many conditions may underpin flourishing, but the definition of flourishing includes is dependent on a “favorable environment.” What constitutes a “favorable environment?” Certainly there may be many factors outside of our control that go into making a favorable environment, but what is in our control? Aiming toward balance, perspective, groundedness, a degree of stability, even in the midst […]

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API Cherishes Parents

October 25, 2014

API works to turn the parenting puzzle around. We believe in parents.  We believe that every parent deserves free access to complete information about parenting and childhood.  It need not be overwhelming, just complete and accurate.  And leave the blame behind. Moreover, we believe that information is not enough.  Information oozes from every device and drowns us these […]

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Children Flourish with API Principles

October 24, 2014

It’s true.  The cat’s out of the bag.  And – bonus – for free. SHHHH!  Don’t you tell a soul – keep it to yourself! API’s Eight Principles of Parenting are really a neat little package of information that contain a significant chunk of the expert knowledge about child flourishing.  And you can read it […]

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Who helps your flourish?

October 23, 2014

You know you can’t do everything on your own. But, did you know that having the right friends and support system can help you flourish. “A friend is a second self.” ― Aristotle Our real friends are an extension of ourselves, and without them we cannot flourish. Even if it is only one or two […]

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How to Get There from Here

October 21, 2014

Warmth, inductive reasoning, appropriate monitoring, and clear communication. We easily identify these as the parenting behaviors associated with beneficial child outcomes that include positive cognitive functioning, social skills, moral development, and psychological adjustment. We nod our heads recognizing these scientific “child outcomes” as the equivalent of our AP Month “flourishing children.”  We also recognize all […]

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