Gain More in Person

October 15, 2012

Online social  networking and support is often a predominant mode of social support for many of us as busy parents with young children.  Even so, be sure to carve out face-to-face group time too because online is swell, but it’s missing a few important ingredients.  In addition to extra boosts of calming oxytocin, face-to-face social support is important for many other reasons having to do with the nature of our being three dimensional physical, sensory rich beings.  As social animals, we use and benefit from the use of all five senses in our communications.  Wellman and Wortley (1990) found that females tend to exchange verbal and nonverbal messages of emotional support, while males tend to give support by way of doing instrumental activities to assist others. Such emotional support and instrumental activities may potentially be less available through online discussions among relative strangers, no matter what else the benefits might be.  Go online this month, find your local groups and plan to attend!

Check out the 2012 Photo Event.  It is a great way to get involved and show your support for API.

Do you live in TN or TX?  The API parent groups listed below may be near you!  Live in another state or country?  Click the links to see if there’s an API group near you.

API of Knoxville

API of Mt, Juliet

Nashville API

TriCities Parenting API

API of Central Austin

South Austin API

Dallas Area API

API of Houston – Central

API of San Antonio

API The Woodlands

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