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Attachment Theory

  Attachment theory began in the 1950s with the work of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth. Bowlby, an English psychiatrist, became interested in young children's responses to loss, and began studying the realms of attachment and bonding. He and Ainsworth, an American psychologist who conducted some of the most extensive field research into mother-infant interaction ever completed, formulated what is now commonly known as attachment theory.   Attachment theory is based on the belief that the mother-child bond is the essential and primary force in infant development,... read more

Learning Patient Parenting

By Nora Rock Web Exclusive "I have a new mantra," my mother told me last week: "Effort is fortune". I had to laugh, not because mantras are new to my mother - she loves them - but because she already works harder than most people I know. Effort is a good thing in our society. We like to see hard workers succeed, and we're uncomfortable with "dumb" luck, with "blind" faith, with anything that implies just sitting around. But are we possibly working too hard to think, to step back and consider whether our effort is generating the results we want? Do we really want to... read more

Letters for Maia

By Diane SelkirkWeb Exclusive, June 5, 2006 "I asked the universe for you.When your daddy and I decided we wanted to have a baby, I spent many hours imagining you. I asked for someone who wanted to join our lives: A child with a sense of adventure, an easygoing personality, a love of learning and change, someone who would live life joyfully. This seemed a lot to ask for, but I also really wanted a girl with curly red hair. So I asked for that too." Each year on Maia's birthday I fill a page with words for her; small pictures of who she is, descriptions of what we've... read more

ali smith's momma love

# Obviously, I’ve seen a lot of photos—and many that make me stop and catch my breath—during my years as Mothering‘s art director, but NYC photographer and writer Ali Smith‘s work stood out for me when I first saw it. Something about the way she manages to be there, in the moment, capturing the intimacy of the mother-child relationship with an honesty and a beauty that hurts. Real-life moms with their kids, doing real-life things—and looking simultaneously edgy/hip/fresh and TIMELESS. That ages-old momma love. (Gotta say I also really like her... read more

TV Free Research and Resources

Articles and studies Toddlers and TV "Students with cable TV at home 'do worse in exams'" Babies, TV, and maternal interaction TV Research: Let’s Get Smarter About What Young Children See, Hear and ExperienceArticle examining multiple studies from an early-childhood-education perspective The Death and Life of American Imagination  Books The Plug-In Drug by Marie Winn Remotely Controlled by Aric Sigman To Kindle A Soul - TV chapter The Big Turnoff by Ellen Currey-Wilson Living Outside the Box by Barbara Block Buy, Buy Baby by... read more

Your Kids Can Be Published Authors

Last Monday, I wanted to write a blog post about a great children’s store I stumbled upon, but I caught the stomach flu. Drafting the blog in my head was as far as I got–I didn’t have the energy to open my laptop, let alone type. This week I’m back at 100%, and I’m ready to talk about Scribble Press. Check it out: you bring your kids to the store–a fully equipped art studio–where they write and/or draw their own story. With printing and bookbinding on-site, your child leaves with a real book. Oh, my. I would have LOVED something like this as a kid. I... read more

Yes! Magazine Winner and Super Special Subscription Offer...

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway! The winner is Kristine Strange (comment #50). Please contact me at webeditor [at]mothering.com to claim your subscription. If you didn’t win, you can subscribe now and get the super special rate of $10 (normal $24) only for Mothering readers! Support this great magazine by subscribing now. More About Yes!: Mothering contributor Jeremy Adam Smith speaks to the fluidity and diversity of today’s family unit in YES! Magazine’s Winter 2011 issue, “What Happy Families Know.” From Yes!... read more

Yes! Magazine Sneak Peak: Freer, Messier, Happier

January 24, 2011 An Excerpt from "Freer, Messier, Happier" --Yes! Magazine, Winter 2011 Mothering contributer Jeremy Adam Smith speaks to the fluidity and diversity of today’s family unit in YES! Magazine’s Winter 2011 issue. Read an excerpt below and then head over to Yes! Magazine's site for an exclusive price on subscribing to Yes! Magazine--just for Mothering readers! From Yes! Magazine: Marriage and family values are among America’s most polarizing political issues. But when we get down to the personal, we find that real family is mostly about taking care of... read more

Songs Sweet and Simple

Songs Sweet and Simple: Making Music with the Mountain Dulcimer By Mary Amato Issue 102, September/October 2000 As a child, I took a few violin and piano lessons but never got past awkward plucking and plunking. As a teenager, I strummed my sister's guitar in the hopes of becoming another Joni Mitchell--but my fingers just would not cooperate. So with great joy, at 39, I'm finally connecting with a musical instrument. And, best of all, I'm sharing the learning process with my children. Nine years ago my husband and I bought a mountain dulcimer for our wedding... read more

The Parent They Need

By Rosemary Danielis Web Exclusive Ah, those preconceived notions – they’ll take you down the Wrong Road every time. When your eyes are clouded with all you wish, want and will something to be, you are bound to end up missing all the great information and truths offered to you along the way. When my husband and I began our little family we had nine glorious months to prepare (in our minds) for the perfect little baby we were about to have. When that day came and our first daughter was born, we began to play out our lives just as we had planned. Being an active, social... read more

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