|API of Lincoln, NE|
|Peaceful Parenting for a Peaceful World |
The mission of Attachment Parenting International (API) is to promote parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents. We believe these practices nurture and fulfill a child's need for trust, empathy, and affection, providing a lifelong foundation for healthy, enduring relationships.
Through education, support, advocacy and research, API seeks to strengthen families and increase awareness of the importance of secure attachment, ultimately helping to reduce or prevent child abuse, behavioral disorders, criminal acts and other serious social problems.
|Monthly Support Group Meetings |
We look forward to seeing you and your family at one of our meetings. (Expectant parents, fathers, mothers, and anyone interested in attachment parenting are invited.) Meetings are child-friendly. Come meet other parents and learn the latest about attachment parenting techniques and ideas. We also offer a small lending library of books and soft baby carriers (slings, wraps, etc...).
Many people refer to API as a sister organization of La Leche League (LLL); however, geared for providing support to parents from the infant years to and through the teenage years. If you espouse responding sensitively to your child and using other parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, this group is for you! Are you still asking why you should attend? Here is a good answer: to refresh your soul, support others going through similar ages and stages, and to just have fun! Come join us!
API membership is not required, but is encouraged to sustain the activities of the group and support the work of API. For more information about membership, please contact us.
|The 8 Principles of Attachment Parenting|
1. Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
2. Feed with Love and Respect
3. Respond with Sensitivity
4. Use Nurturing Touch
5. Engage in Nighttime Parenting
6. Provide Consistent and Loving Care
7. Practice Positive Discipline
8. Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life
Disclosure about The 8 Principles of Attachment Parenting
API acknowledges that every family has unique circumstances with distinct needs and resources. The Eight Principles are intended to help parents better understand normal child development, to help parents identify their children's needs, and to aid parents in responding to their children with respect and empathy. API recommends parents use their own judgment and intuition to create a parenting style that fosters attachment and works for their family. Many API support groups start each meeting by saying "Take what works for your family and leave the rest."
|What is attachment parenting?|
The essence of Attachment Parenting is about forming and nurturing strong connections between parents and their children. Attachment Parenting challenges us as parents to treat our children with kindness, respect and dignity, and to model in our interactions with them the way we'd like them to interact with others.The simple truth is that when we strengthen families, we nurture and fulfill our children's need for trust, respect, and affection, and ultimately provide a lifelong foundation for healthy, enduring relationships.
API promotes parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents. For life. So they can take those bonds with them into their adult lives and share them with their children. And their children can do the same, creating a life cycle of compassion and connection.
Attachment parenting is the philosophy and practice of parenting methods that foster strong, healthy emotional bonds between parents and children.
This approach values responsiveness to the infant or child's physical and emotional needs, nurturing their trust that those needs will be met. Securely attached children develop secure, empathic, peaceful and enduring relationships throughout their lives.
Attachment parenting isn't "new". It is in many ways a return to the parenting methods of our ancestors. Some people would describe it as a natural or intuitive parenting style. In the last 60 years, the behaviors of attachment parenting have been studied extensively by psychology and child development researchers, and more recently, by researchers studying the brain. This body of knowledge offers strong support for areas that are key to the optimal development of children, summarized and promoted by API's 8 Principles of Attachment Parenting.
CHECK OUT OUR CARRIER LIBRARY!
A carrier represents quite an investment. There are many types of carriers on the market. To aid in the decision of which type of carrier works brest for you we have a library of carriers available for you to borrow and try. We do not sell any types of carriers.
The following companies have generously donated carriers to our lending library.
Wrapsody by Gypsy Mama, LLC
|API OF LINCOLN, NE|