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L.O.V.E. Parenting in Person SATURDAY, APRIL 23

Siblings! I am hosting a L.O.V.E. Parenting Workshop tomorrow, April 23, at Mystic Journey Bookstore on Abbot Kinney in Venice, California, 9-11am, and I hope you can join me! The workshops are always inspiring, supportive and community building. I present various techniques & there are participatory exercises & time to address individual challenges. Call to reserve: 310-242-7081 or JUST SHOW UP. Many blessings to all on this journey together! –Jessica “Truly amazing woman.”–Carrie-Anne Moss. “All you have shared has helped... read more

Playing Ball

Your turn, Mama. Now you make a basket. My son half bounces, half rolls the basketball to me, across the squeaky indoor court at our local rec center. I dribble the child-sized ball once, twice, then on three it bounces off the soft toe of my sneaker instead of the floor and rolls into a corner. I do not wince or look around to see if anyone caught my embarrassing move. I just run after it, dribble it back to the hoop, and shoot. It goes in. You DID it! My son is jumping up and down, grinning. He’s holding up his hand, waiting. High five,... read more

What Is A Girl? What Is A Boy?

When I was three years old, my mother took me to the bank and propped me up on the counter while she tended to her paperwork. Legend has it that I looked at the male teller and asked in a loud and clear voice, “Do you have a penis?” Luckily, my mother was a preschool teacher with a degree in early child development and she knew my question was a natural part of a young child’s inquiry into gender, identity and anatomy. While my mom went on to explain when it was best to discuss such things and with whom, she never shamed me for my natural curiosity. Soon... read more

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

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