Welcome to API Reads!

The API Reads program is a way for you to read books that help you further your connection with your child and family. It is an educational resource but also a great way to discuss with others the parenting books you're already reading or had on your list. Its way more fun to read a book with a community than it is to read alone. Why not enjoy a discussion to see what points in the book really resonated with you, what portions you felt you wanted to get more information on, and what portions you felt were just not going to work in your family so that you can find suggestions on how it could. The API Reads program is a valuable resource to add to your attachment parenting toolkit. Don't have time to read… join in the discussion any ways to see what useful information you can gather for a time period when reading is a much longed for indulgence. Plus, some of the books will be in audio format as well. We hope you enjoy and participate in the API Reads program through GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/95405-api-reads.

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CURRENT SCHEDULE:

2014

Younger child book club:

Jan/Feb: The Science of Parenting by Margot Sunderland
Mar/Apr/May: Giving the Love that Heals by Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt
Jun/Jul/Aug: 2nd edition of Attached at the Heart by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker
Sep/Oct/Nov: Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel

Older child book club:

Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec: Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon

2015

Dec/Jan: Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Too by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Jan/Feb/Mar: Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma by Nancy Samalin​
Apr/May: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
May/Jun/Jul/Aug: Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected by Susan Stiffelman
Aug/Sep: Parenting from Your Heart by Inbal Kashtan
 

PAST SCHEDULE:

2013

May/June: Attached at the Heart by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker
July/August: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Lifeby Renée Peterson Trudeau
September/October: Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
November/December: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting by John Gottman, Ph.D.

Any good books you've read that you think would be wonderful to add to the mix? Email us to let us know.

Happy reading everyone!

We are now reading Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish for the general audience. For the older children genre we are still reading Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon.

We now have an older child book club for those who are interested in reading books that are focused on topics geared to the school-age years and above age-set. For the months of September, October, November, and December of 2014 we will be reading Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon. The reading schedule and Amazon book description are below.

For our audience that would like to focus on the younger or general audience book club, you'll enjoy reading Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel. The reading schedule for Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel is below as well as the book description from Amazon.

Our June/July/August online book discussion will be Attached at the Heart (2nd edition) by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker. To join the discussion, please click here to be taken to the GoodReads website. Our reading timeline will be as follows:

June 1-7: Intro and Chapter 1 (Charting a New Course: Breaking the Ties That Bind)

June 8-14: Chapter 2 (Principle 1: Prepare Yourself for Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting; What Every Parent Needs to Know)

June 15-21: Chapter 3 (Principle 2: Feed with Love and Respect; Beginning the Attachment Process)

Our March/April/May online book discussion will be Giving the Love That Heals: A Guide for Parents by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. To join the discussion, please click here to be taken to the GoodReads website. Our reading timeline will be as follows:

March 1-8: Chapters 1 & 2

March 8-15: Chapters 3 & 4

March 15-22: Chapters 5

March 22-29: Chapters 6

March 29-Apr 5: Chapters 7

Apr 5-12: Chapters 8

Apr 12-19: Chapters 9

Our reading timeline will be as follows:

Jan 1-8: Pages 6-34
Jan 8-15: Pages 34-64
Jan 15-22: Pages 64-96
Jan 22-29: Pages 96-128
Jan 29 – Feb 5: Pages 128-158
Feb 5-12: Pages 158-190
Feb 12-19: Pages 190-224
Feb 19-26: Pages 224-269

The chapter sections are very interesting and should make this a very good read:

From this book you learn about the Emotion Coaching through your child's developmental stages of childhood through adolescence. The effects of Emotion Coaching on your children and family all the way through divorce, separation, and the importance of fathers. This is a truly valuable book to read and one in which you will gain even more insight when you participate in the discussion online.

Book description from Amazon.com

Intelligence That Comes from the Heart

Book description from Amazon.com

When Harville Hendrix writes about relationships, he discusses them not just as an educator and a therapist, but as a man who has himself been through a failed marriage. Hendrix felt the sting of his divorce intensely because he believed it signaled not only his failure as a husband but also his failure as a couples counselor. Investigating why his marriage dissolved led him to start looking into the psychology of love. Marriage, he ultimately discovered, is the "practice of becoming passionate friends."

Nurturing the Soul of Your Family touches upon API's Eighth Parenting Principle: Personal and Family Balance. What I loved about this book is that it really went to the heart of things in a very friendly manner that was gentle and thought-provoking. She had you do little meditations at the beginning to help frame your mind for the discussion and gave you exercises at the end to put into practice what you learned. This is one of the few family balance books out there that seemed to fit in with the attachment parenting lifestyle we so value.

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