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 days, but API believes that every parent deserves free face-to-face support as they raise their children.  It really does take that village and we think this old/new idea is one of the best ways to cherish parents. We believe it so strongly that we do what few, if any other organizations do:  we provide free support to all parents.

Check out API for more information about how we support parents and look for an API group near you.

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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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Being Well

October 20, 2014

Well-being encompasses physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and economic aspects, but focus is often trained on the physical, cognitive, and economic indicators as markers of well-being.  What’s lost when we neglect the psychological, or emotional, and social aspects of well-being? What if the situation was flipped and more attention was given to the emotional and social aspects […]

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Unraveling Stress

October 19, 2014

We know so much about the harm of stress – what it does to us as well as our relationship with our children and others around us.  But what do we know about it’s unraveling?  How do we actually go about unraveling it? Maybe your list includes taking in a cup of warm tea when […]

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Cherishing You

October 18, 2014

It has been written recently that “Parenting is probably the most important public health issue facing our society.” We, at API, agree and take this seriously as we believe all parents should and do. But what if we invite another view of such seriousness? What if today we all just walked around appreciating parents everywhere and […]

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