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Teleconference: Meetings in D.C. Examine Vaccine Safety System

On June 13-15, 2011, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) will meet in Washington, D.C. to discuss recommendations and options for improving the nation’s vaccine safety system. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) has written and submitted comments supporting independent vaccine safety oversight and is represented on an Advocacy Panel discussion during a June 13 Vaccine Stakeholder meeting. The public can listen to the three days of open meetings via teleconference and offer comments during public comment time June 14-15. Your... read more

Farmers Market Fun

I am excited for my neighborhood farmers market to open for the season this weekend.  When we start walking to the local farmers market, it starts to feel like summer for me.  There are a couple great, new picture books to get your kids excited about the farmers market too. The newest book from Nikki McClure, one of my favorite illustrators, is To Market, To Market.  The unique paper-cut illustration style, which she creates with an x-acto knife and black construction paper, have a classic feel that is a perfect fit for a story about a family trip to a farmers market.... read more

Urban Village: There Are Angels Among Us

Countrymart My aunt was having lunch with one of her best friends. My aunt described how she had been volunteering at a local school and building their vegetable garden. My aunt’s friend explained how she had just spent the weekend with her God-daughter and watched her two young children while her God-daughter got to take an uninterrupted shower. Inspired by my aunt’s volunteering in the garden, my aunt’s friend went on to say that she had room in her schedule to volunteer one morning a week for a young mother with children. My aunt lit up with... read more

New Book: The 21st Century Motherhood Movement

The 21st Century Motherhood Movement: Mothers Speak Out on Why We Need to Change the World and How to Do It from Demeter Press, edited by Andrea O’Reilly This anthology, the first on the 21st century motherhood movement, includes seven sections; Becoming a Mother; Maternal Identities; Maternal Advocacy; Maternal Activism; Violence, Militarism, War and Peace; Social Change and Social Justice; Writing/Researching/Performing Motherhood—and features more than eighty motherhood organizations from around the globe including a selection from Mothering editor and... read more

Extraordinary Children

By Doro HepeWeb Exclusive If we are to understand what our children need, we must learn how to give them the greatest gift: We must let them lead. With just this thought, I followed. A beautiful 16-year-old high school student with Down Syndrome asked me to take her to the beach. I had worked briefly during the school year as her classroom aide and found myself as her companion for the summer. We journeyed to the beach in silence. Though speech failed as her form, the desire to communicate was in her eyes. She would show me the way of a graceful language, fully... read more

Ben Has Two Moms

By Deb KinderIssue 98, January - February 2000 Our family journey began almost five years ago, when I was reunited with the woman who is now my life partner and co-mother of our son. We had been friends for seven years, but had been separated geographically for most of that time. A year after our reunion, we took our first conscious step toward creating a family. On a brilliant early morning of the autumn equinox, Rose and I made our way down to the banks of a nearby river where we read our letters of commitment to each other, and exchanged rings among the cattails and... read more

The Flower Girl: Full Disclosure for a Radiant Day!

Flower Girl The Flower Girl by www.LoveParentingLA.com A crowning moment for parents of girls can be watching their daughter as a flower girl in a friend or family member’s wedding; your princess, immaculate, eyes-wide, hair-curled, dress-pressed, stockings-white and shoes-shiny, playing a part in one of the oldest rituals of time, the sanctification of the union between husband and wife. The flower girl represents the couple’s future if they are so blessed to procreate, and the flowers represents the sweetness, beauty and fragility of new... read more

Motherhood Brings Me Down

“Waaaaake UP, Maaamaaaa.” My five-year old’s whine cut cruelly through REM mode like a dull knife pressing down on a firm tomato. My brain explodes red pulp and seeds. It’s like the film Inception but instead of my secrets being stolen from my resting mind via Leonardo DiCaprio, it was a girlchild with curly hair, her toddler-esque tummy peeking out from a too-small shirt and indignant look on her face, who was entering my dreams. My eyes fluttered open and I accepted a breath as deep as I could manage as I finally sat up. My body was heavy with fatigue from... read more

Books for young animal lovers

By Mindy Rhiger   April and May have been busy months.  I’ve blogged about books for Earth Day, Arbor Day, Mother’s Day, Midwifery Month, and Osteoporosis Awareness Month.  Since I know many Mothering families are animal lovers, I didn’t want to pass up the chance to blog about books for National Pet Month.  It’s a great opportunity to talk with kids about pet adoption–or maybe adopt a pet of your own.   As always, books are a great place to start:                                         A homeless dog finds a family in Fleabag by Helen Stephens.  This... read more

Teachers and Parents Gear Up for a Save Our Schools March in July

    Educators and families from around the country say they are fed up with so-called “reform” policies that falsely label more than 80% of U.S. public schools as failures. To counter what they call unfair attacks on teachers and public education, a growing coalition of individuals and organizations is mobilizing for a national day of action in support of public schools. On Saturday, July 30, 2011, thousands of people will gather at the White House in Washington, DC and at locations around the nation to express their desire to reclaim... read more

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