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Podcast Episode 7: Handsome in Pink

  A father comes to love and respect his son’s adoration of everything pink. This is an audio recording of the article Handsome in Pink that appeared in Mothering magazine July-Aug 2010. Listen Now Subscribe to our podcast to receive new audio episodes as they become available.     Subscribe to our podcast to receive new audio episodes as they become available.   About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the... read more

Free Activities And Worksheets For Preschool And Kindergarten Aged Kids

As a stay-at-home mom, I love learning about great resources with free educational worksheets or activity suggestions.  The days at home get looooooong sometimes, and I can only play Candyland so many times in a row before I'm desperate for something new.  And I don't like my kids to watch a lot of tv, which means the burden is on me to come up with fun (but educational) activities for us to do.  I thought it might be fun to start a Wiki with some suggestions for free printable worksheets an and activities and have others collaborate by suggesting their favorites too.... read more

WHAT KIDS TEACH US by Oryna Schiffman DISCLAIMER: Author accepts no liability for any readers seeking practical, sensible advice about child rearing.

FOREST NYMPH BLUES I lug the basket of succulent snacks and the old wrought iron kettle into my minivan, and drive to school, humming. When the bell rings I run, hug-ready, across the playground, imagining how we’ll caress the fresh moss under the awakening pines. A backpack lands on my toes with a thud. “Mama! Can I have a play date with Evan?!” “You can have a play date with Evan tomorrow. Today is the first day of spring, remember?!” I whine, even before he can begin. Every year since my kids could walk I’ve taken them to the forest on... read more

Attachment Parenting in Picture Books

By Mndy Rhiger   Stories are a way of exploring our world.  They help us to make sense of who we are or who we could be.  Stories can be windows into different worlds, or they can be mirrors reflecting our own world.   We don’t want to overlook the importance of stories as mirrors for our children since, as early childhood literacy educator Carolyn Munson-Benson writes in Playful Reading, “A child often will pay more attention to a story that mirrors his people, her culture, and familiar aspects of family life.”  As non-mainstream families, how can we find stories... read more

Working the Work of Motherhood

Sarah Juliusson Today I received an email from a woman concerned about the use of the phrase “working mother” for a Mama Renew group we are hosting for mothers who work “outside” of the home. Here is my response – and I welcome your thoughts and perspective as well. This is not an easy topic! To Mama Renew, Re: Offering a Mama Renew group for “working mothers” er … all mothers are working mothers. I don’t draw any distinction between paid or unpaid in my definition of working or not. Most mothers are working... read more

Parents who have only one child: Are you debating about whether to have more?

Lauren Sandler, a writer working on a book about one-child families, would like to hear about your personal experiences and the questions that arise for you in deciding how many children to have. Are you concerned about economic circumstances? Managing your time? Your child’s lack of a sibling, if you don’t have another? What would need to change to make the choice easier? Lauren is an only child who has only one child (a daughter, age 3), and has asked herself similar questions. She would love to hear from you, and is looking for across-the-board... read more

Saying Goodbye: my last post on mothering.com

My mother-in-law Susan was nine years old when her mom died. Ten years later her older sister, who had five children, choked on a piece of steak at a restaurant and also died. Susan never had a chance to say goodbye. Maybe because of those sad experiences, my mother-in-law is always careful to make goodbyes—even if you’re just going away for a few hours—special. My husband does too: No one, not even the I’m-Miss-Independent 11-year-old, leaves without a hug and a kiss and an I love you. This is my last post for mothering.com. My first post... read more

How to be a Happier Mom: Q & A with Meagan Francis

I’ve known Meagan Francis for more seven years. We’ve been writerly colleagues, cyber friends, and in real life conference companies. We’ve also had pregnancy scares at the same time (only, her test was positive–tee hee). Meagan’s not only a prolific, hard-working, and incredible writer, she’s also an amazing mom. She’s about a thousand years younger than I am and she has way more children: four boys and a girl. Her children are ages 13, 11, 7, 5, and 2. And she’s not going out of her mind! In fact, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, her latest book, which is hot off... read more

Artistry

By Anne Trisler Web Exclusive - August 14, 2007 When I was in first grade, the other girls exclaimed over each other's sketches of tiny pink hearts and ridiculed my fat, misshapen attempts at the same. Perhaps it began then, this aversion to visual artistic expression, but for as long as I can remember, I have steered clear of oils and watercolors that seemed always to turn my pictures brown. It did not matter that I began with the purest pink, the most vibrant maroon; every attempt was bound to end as a soggy disaster in which my mother would search for something to... read more

Children Are Our Teachers

Children Are Our Spiritual Teachers By Cheryl Dimof  Issue 124 May/June 2004 Like most mothers, I did not come to this wonderful, crazy world of motherhood looking for a spiritual path. My reasons for wanting to become a mother were the usual ones: the joys of watching children grow, introducing them to the beauty of the world, teaching and parenting them alongside my husband. Perhaps I romanticized the concept of motherhood; I was definitely not prepared for the "real thing": the sleepless nights, the messes, the constant repetition, the distractions, and the lack of... read more

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