By Caurie Putnam for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers Somewhere in the narrow swath between Olympics and Special Olympics you will find an athlete named Brady. Not Tom Brady or Brady Quinn, but Brady Putnam—my Brady, age 8. Brady was born with a rare
Activities and Play
For many parents, the summer provides a welcome reprieve from the intense academic, sport and extracurricular activities of the academic year. However, summer can be a time of trading one stress for another – to much scheduled activity to little or no structured activity.
By Lauren Apfel for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers You start when he is two months old, you know it is important. All the experts say so, all the articles. Read to them, read to them incessantly. Do it early, the earlier the better. He
Summer is here — and for many children that means oodles of free time. Of course, this is the perfect time of year to have some serious fun outside! But let’s face it, kids aren’t always able (or willing) to play outside and us moms need a way
I have always taken a conservative approach to extra-curricular activities, believing that children should have as much free play time as possible in childhood. I stuck by this for a long time, waiting until my two oldest children began expressing an interest in sport.
According to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Mattel has announced an upcoming Barbie that plans to record children’s voices during play and send those recordings wirelessly to the company. The purpose, Mattel says, is to bring the dream of an interactive Barbie to
I love reading, and I have always been determined to pass on a love of fiction to my children. My husband and I read to them as babies, toddlers, while they are learning to read themselves, and then after that for as long as
His text was jarring, almost disorienting. I stared at the screen for a moment in disbelief, unsure of how to respond. Didn’t he know? His request, and my response, would commit us to a side, force us to clarify our position on a contentious,
Welcome to the annual Mothering Natural Toy Guide: a collection of the highest quality natural toys and gifts available this holiday season! We’ve carefully selected each item based on its superior materials, uniqueness, ethical production, value and, of course, its fun-factor. Check out the
The choice wasn’t easy, but we’ve settled on our very best toy picks for the 2014 holiday season based on quality, uniqueness and value. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Don’t miss the other categories in this year’s guide or our big