2012: 31 Days of Support

Social Support Does Help

October 24, 2012

Evidence links the adequacy of social support to amelioration of developmental crises and to the attenuation of stress effects (Gottlieb) including the stressful life event of childbirth.  It is reasonable, then, to propose that availability of social support will facilitate responsive mothering, particularly under stressful conditions, and thereby encourage secure infant-mother attachment. (Bronfenbrenner 1979) Check […]


Learning about Research

October 23, 2012

Do you wonder about the research that supports group support?  Check it out here at AP Month Central! If you are looking to get involved in AP Month, check out the auction items.  Bidding is now open Do you live in Turkey?  The API parent group listed below may be near you!  Live in another state […]


Managing New Ideas

October 22, 2012

Having access to great information can be empowering, but figuring out how it works best in our own families can require more than just distance learning.  It can require a dialog with caring others who might have been there, but even if not, are compassionate nonetheless.  How do you affect “change management” in your family? How […]


Everyone Needs a Hug

October 21, 2012

Daily hassles are real, so is our physiological response to a “group hug.”  Did you know that daily hassles are actually studied?  The accumulation of minor stresses is real and the buildup can be real and the effects are real and have real impact on our parenting and families and other relationships.  But did you […]


Stop now and make a quick list of your 10 most parenting-supportive friends.  Beside each name, write down the approximate date you last saw that person face-to-face. Check out the 2012 Blog Event. It is a great way to get involved and show your support for API. Do you live in Victoria, Canada?  The API parent […]


Support may be as important to parenting as any other factor:  Increasingly population research is describing social support (usually defined as its opposite – social isolation) as a key family stressor alongside parental mental illness, parental substance abuse, home violence, low income and perceptions of a difficult child (Bayer, et al., 2007). If you are […]


No Person is an Island

October 18, 2012

If you’re all set this month without group social support, consider what you might be able to offer others.  Helpers benefit too when a positive feedback loop is established.  Feelings of social usefulness and value and competence increase and who knows – if you believe in karma:  what goes around, comes around.  No person is […]