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The Winners of the Sept-Oct Audio Books are...

Listen to the Mothering Audio Book Now! Thanks for taking part in the giveaway! Congrats to the random winners of the Sept-Oct Audio Books– Jenny Halteman, Mary Siever, and River! Contact me at webeditor [at] mothering.com to claim your audio book. If you didn’t win you can get your Mothering fix today by grabbing a copy of the audio book for just $2.99 to download immediately! Listen to Mothering anywhere, anytime. I love to listen in the car! Where will you listen to your Mothering Audio... read more

Win a Mothering Sept-Oct Issue Audio Book!

Sept-Oct Mothering now an Audio Book! The Sept-Oct issue is now available as an Audio Book so you can listen to it anywhere, anytime hands-free!! Leave a comment below telling us why you would like a copy of the Mothering Sept-Oct Audio Book and you could win a copy to be downloaded tomorrow. Three lucky winners will be chosen tomorrow afternoon. If you need your Mothering fix today you can grab a copy of the audio book for just $2.99 to download immediately, and if you are chosen to win tomorrow we will give you your money back! Make... read more

Celebrate, Welcome, Intend: L.O.V.E. Parenting Technique CD Drawing Part II

Friends on a Swing Hi Friends, Last week, we worked with Apologize, Forgive, Release. I hope those who wrote in felt lighter after sharing; thank you for your contributions! One L.O.V.E. Parenting Technique CD is on its way to Sara. This week we celebrate what is working well with and clarify our intentions for how we’d like things to be with an exercise called: Celebrate, Welcome, Intend. You can do the exercise as a written entry in a journal set aside for this purpose, or you can do this as a spoken exercise. This exercise involves... read more

Deaths Prompt CPSC, FDA to Warn Parents Against Using Infant Sleep Positioners

Oct 4, 2010 The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are warning consumers to stop using baby sleep positioners due to risk of suffocation. Suffocation can occur when a young infant rolls from their side or back into a dangerous position next to, or within, the sleep positioner.“The deaths and dangerous situations resulting from the use of infant sleep positioners are a serious concern to CPSC,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “We urge parents and caregivers to take our warning seriously and stop using these sleep... read more

Mattel Recalls Millions of Toys and Other Items

Oct 1, 2010Mattel's Fisher-Price announced the recall of over 11 million potentially dangerous toys and high chairs due to safety hazards. It's the biggest toy recall of the year, with 7 million trikes, nearly 3 million infant toys, 1 million high chairs, and over 100,000 toy cars and ramps. Reported injuries from the products include choking and cuts, some deep enough to require stitches.The recalled products have already been removed from store shelves but if you own any of items listed in the recall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada,... read more

Why Not Apply to Harvard? If You Don't Get Rejected Sometimes, Maybe it Means You Aren't Trying Hard Enough...

At a family dinner I sat across from my husband’s cousin. Everyone was in high spirits, eating enormous plates of pasta and retelling familiar yarns in loud voices with lots of backslapping and beer guzzling. But Cousin Stephanie looked thoughtful. She just started her junior year and was wondering about colleges. “So what are you thinking?” I ask. “Maybe dentistry,” she says. “Or international relations or psychology or business or journalism. Maybe journalism. I’m really not sure.” “Wow,” I say, impressed that she’s already looking ahead... read more

7 Reasons Why Kids Don't Need Toys

#1. It’s more fun to play with a box. #2. No parent ever stubbed her toe on her child’s imagination. #3. Running around outside is better exercise than playing with Lincoln Logs. #4. A lot of toys sold in America today are actually toxic, some popular toys are made with lead and others contain endocrine-disrupting materials like phthalates that are restricted in Europe. #5. They can scream as loud as they want in the back yard without giving anyone a headache. #6. Many stuffed animals are made with synthetic materials that off gas. All stuffed animals collect dust. And... read more

Breath of Heaven

Breath of Heaven By Laura E. Giordano There are certain pinnacle moments that we, as parents inevitably will face from time to time. Moments filled with uncertainty, and doubt. Moments that feel crucial to the well being, and development of our children. I have had many of these moments; in my six and a half years of being a parent, whether it's the wild tantrum in church; the child who will not eat anything resembling meat; a three year old resistant to potty-training. There are all sorts of random moments in a day in the life of a parent, where you question your... read more

Clay Creations: Parents and Kids Connecting through Art

By Elizabeth Holman  Issue 113, July/August 2002 Six-year-old Maya Babow beams with pride as she reaches into her treasure trove of colorful ceramic Beanie Baby props. Maya has been working with clay for nearly half her life. Her eyes sparkle with enthusiasm as she displays the exquisite miniature tea set that she formed and glazed from start to finish. Maya and her mother, Karen Levin, work together in a clay studio about once a week-Levin on the potter's wheel, Maya doing hand building. Levin appreciates the opportunity to share a creative experience... read more

When My Son Was Three He Almost Drowned

Etani will be seven in October. He swims on his own now but this summer he still wanted to wear a lifejacket at the water slides. He likes water but he’s not a confident swimmer. I wonder if his lack of confidence is because four years ago, when he was three years old, Etani almost drowned. We had a pool. I didn’t like the idea of a pool but since the average temperature in Niamey, Niger—where we were living at the time—is well over 90 degrees, most rental houses come with pools. That morning I asked Pierre, the pool guy, if he knew how to swim. Etani was beside him,... read more

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