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the end of an era

the-endAnd then the carefree child, grateful for the experience of being—the joys of learning and sharing with others, the richness of growth and discovery—dashes across the beckoning bridge and on to new things on the other side.

The End



The digital version of our March–April 2011 issue will go live later today. This issue will be Mothering‘s last—the magazine is no longer being published in print or digital format. Here’s how our publisher, Peggy O’Mara, put it on her blog.

After 35 years of making magazines, the staff at Mothering is obviously deeply saddened by this change—even as we understand that continuing to print would be financially unsustainable—for many reasons, including the loss of several very dear fellow staffers.

I’m sure I’ll feel the need to blog more about this later, but for now, there’s work to be done. As Peggy wrote, Mothering still exists, but as a website and online community—and there’s a lot going on there!


Our final cover image is a reprise of a photo by Cheryl Steinhoff which we ran in an July–August 2008 article about the simple pleasures of  summer.


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Comments (37)

I will forever be grateful for coming across Mothering Magazine. You helped me be a better mother and my husband to be a better father. I can not believe Mothering won't be around anymore. I valued every article sooo much. I will truly miss this world best magazine and pray that maybe someday you will be back! I would be the 1st one to sign up for it again!!! All my gratefullness and love! Iris
Thanks so much, Iris.
I am deeply saddened to hear that Mothering will no longer be published! I will truly miss the one shining example of child-led, gentle parenting in a world of scheduling and CIO.
I was so sad when I heard mothering magazine had decided to no longer publish. I had picked it up in the nursing room at work and asked for a subscription for Christmas. Unfortunately, I only ever got one magazine. This is the only magazine I found that held my values in parenting and ideals. I am so sad to see it go. I agree with Iris that I will immediately sign up for it if you decide to go back into print. The few short months I had with the magazine were so life giving. Thank you!
Sorry to here this! Looking forward to hear what happens in the metamorphis!
I am going to miss it so, so much. Thank you for the many articles I've greedily soaked up over the years. They spoke to my mind, heart, and soul.
I really wish that you would still put out an online version of the magazine. I am still in the denial phase of my grief over losing Mothering. It just seems unreal. This is such a huge loss for families. The website and forums just don't compare to the joy of the magazine :(
I am so sad by this news. I just commented to my husband yesterday that my next Mothering hadn't arrived yet, when he had received his surfing magazine twice already this year. I have so looked forward to it's arrival in my post box and will mourn the lose of quality information that has kept me sane in this often insane new world of motherhood. The articles were always timely, quality and, of course, extremely helpful as I navigate my new life as a mom. I will greatly miss the print version, but continue to use the on-line for tips and insights, recipes and community. Thank you for all the hard work you all put into a great magazine. With love and respect, Deb Fox
It is, indeed, the end of an era. To me it seemed as though every time I had a question about natural parenting, I was able to find a thoroughly well written & researched article in one of my Mothering magazines. Your articles and photos were inspiring and your content thought provoking and uplifting. This farewell feels like the loss of a good friend.
Will those of us with subscriptions be given a refund for the issues we paid for but will not receive?
The love letter that I never got around to writing: Your magazine was a driving force in creating the mother that I am today. From the first tiny issue I picked up when I was 16 while waiting for my mother to get a massage (and read in 1 hour chunks every other week from then on) to my first subscription as a wedding gift (I wasn't pregnant, but friends thought it the perfect gift for a 22-year old who missed reading it!) through the homebirth of one, two, three, four children. I write this as my youngest nurses to sleep. Thankful to have know Mothering magazine for so many years. Thankful for modeling motherhood. Thank you. Claire from Michigan
Oh dear, this breaks my heart :( I am happy that Mothering will continue as a website, but I really looked forward to receiving every issue and melted into a hot bath to soak up all the knowledge. This magazine and it's mission was like a HUGE open door for me, to find a community that embraced all of my Mothering instincts and desires. I will be forever grateful that I experienced it when i did. Side note, I also recently renewed my subscription and ordered one for my sister in-law. What should we do? Thank you and Ciao :)
I will be forever grateful to Mothering for making me feel my choices as a mother are not strange and I'm not alone. I read the magazine cover to cover the day it would arrive. I am so sad to not have this anymore. Luckily my midwifery where I birthed my child (the only one in Colorado) has an online community of like minded mothers to bridge the gap, but it'll not be the same. Good luck to all of you. It's sad the loss of the writen word on paper.
No! Say it isn't so! I never received my last issue, and now to hear that there will only be one more published ever! I am beyond saddened to hear this. Tears aplenty here in Vermont. :(
This moves me to tears (literally)! It saddens me because you provided parenting issues with such intelligence, depth, and heart. More than any other parenting magazine, Mothering has been the voice for intuitive mothers who felt that they were finally understood, who had a place in which they felt safe, and who had the support of a positive community of other mothers like them. Mothering gave women a firm grasp of motherhood in its deepest, most natural sense, and brought articles and essays that provoked, questioned, and evolved - as opposed to articles in other magazines that are incomprehensive and superficial, and which speak to the status quo. You will be missed.
I was so sad to hear of this. I had just received a subscription as a Christmas present, only to find out that the eagerly-awaited issues would never arrive :-( While the online content is great, screen time is one of the things I try to minimize as a mom, and I really did enjoy the print magazines I borrowed or bought individually before... I understand the decision, and am just saddened that the economy of our times is once again doing its bit against natural parenting :-(
I read about this when it was announced, and still today I feel as emotional about it as I did the first day! There is really no readily-available print publication like Mothering Magazine. I've identified with it since seeing my first issue, before I even had my first child. It will be sorely missed.
What a beautiful photo for the last cover. I am so sad to hear that Mothering Magazine is no longer. I have only just found it in the last two years as I became pregnant and searched for a magazine and community that reflected the way I intended to raise my child. You have inspired me. Best of luck to everyone. See you on the web.
Sonja, regarding those subscriptions, please email Simone Snyder (simones@mothering.com) or call us at 505.984.8116. Thanks for the kind words!
Thank you, Claire! We'll be putting up a page on the site where we'll post people's messages about the magazine—and I'll add yours, if that's OK. . .
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