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Raising Feminist Kids

  By Jon Sponaas for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers   Feminism is a word that represents such a vast (and often conflicting) array of meanings, that, no matter how much you’ve read, it’s hard to know what you’re thinking and talking about when you’re thinking and talking about Feminism. And I should say it straight up in the first paragraph that I’m certainly no expert in terms of the many and varied nuances of feminist theory. I mean, hey, I like to think of myself as open-minded (who doesn’t?) but it’s often made clear to me that, as a result of... read more

Raising my Daughter to View All Kinds of Families as Normal

  Throughout the world, there are thousands of same-sex parents raising children. In the US, approximately 220,000 children under 18 are being raised in same-sex households. (Source) My sister, Carrie, and her wife, Rebecca, are married with two beautiful children. In our family, including some very conservative extended family, I'm proud to say that my sister-in-law was welcomed with open arms. Carrie and Rebecca's children are treated no differently than any other cousins or grandchildren. I hesitate to use the word normal because it is such a subjective word that... read more

Raising a Chatty Child

By Janet Freeman for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers   My daughter likes to talk. A lot.   I knew I was in trouble when, at age three, she raced a neighbor to the corner. “Look at us!” she squealed, legs pumping, arms flailing. “We’re running! We’re running so fast! We’re racing each other to the corner and I’m gonna—!”   How did that sentence end? I have no idea, nor do I remember who won the race. It’s inconsequential, one memory among thousands. But memorable for the fact it was the first time I realized there is no task in the world, no... read more

A Grieving Sibling Gets a Message from Her Sister

  By Suzanne Leigh   My daughters never looked alike: one resembled mom, the second takes after dad. One was pensive, creative and forever clutching a sketchpad; the other is bolder, more impetuous, a practical Ms. Fix-it commandeering electronics of all kinds and swiftly repairing a vacuum cleaner while her mom flounders on the sidelines.   Marissa is in fourth grade; she’s the same age as Natasha was when she had recovered from her brain tumor treatment and was happy and apparently healthy, before the beast came back and gradually sucked out her joyfulness and... read more

10 Low Prep Art Projects for Kids

    I don’t know about you, but we love crafting in our house.  The only problem is that with three kids five and under, finding time to plan and execute elaborate craft projects is usually beyond me.  Luckily, we have found some simple ways to craft with usually just the items we have on hand.  Here are some of our favorites:   Painting Coffee Filters. About a year ago, we bought our Keurig shortly after my husband bought a huge economy pack of coffee filters, and those filters have just been sitting in the cupboard with no real use.  And then I found the idea... read more

Am I A Bad Mother or Has Africa Run Out of Shoes?

  By Rachel Pieh Jones for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers   I saw a scruffy boy at the Nairobi airport and wondered, where is that kid’s mother? His hair stuck up in all directions, uncombed and unwashed. He wore blue jeans with holes in the knees so wide the bottom half and the top half of the jeans were barely still connected. His red sweatshirt had a hole in the neck, both armpits, and the cuffs were shredded to strings. His shoes. I think they used to be shoes. Now, they were merely a see-through blue upper attached by shoelaces at the ankle to a... read more

Laundry Zen

  I don't meditate at an ashram or study ancient tracts.   I do laundry.   I’ve found a certain peace in this mundane task. When my family cries out, “Where are you?” I answer from the laundry room, “I’m looking for the meaning of life.”  (If I’m cooking, I answer, “Saving the world.”)  I no longer say this sarcastically.   Sure, sometimes I resent the messy parts of motherhood. I was raised to believe I could be anything I wanted to be. Right now I want to be right where I am, but when I’m gripping a pair of mud-encrusted socks my United Nations career... read more

Homeschooling with YouTube

                                  In this episode, the moms talk about their website changes, a newly discovered feature of Goodreads, hexaflexagons, and homeschooling with YouTube!   Some links in this episode: Olly Homeschool Playful Parenting Quietube   To see the full show notes, including a LOT MORE links to all the resources mentioned, please visit our website: The Savvy Homeschool Moms, episode 40.   To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on iTunes, or our website.     This episode is sponsored by Moving Beyond the... read more

Closing the Door On Childbearing

Seen through the lens of transitions, life is a series of doors. The door of childhood closes as the door of adolescence opens. The door of being single shuts to reveal the open door of married life. The door of winter falls asleep as spring’s door awakens. A client who I had counseled through the wedding and motherhood transitions wrote to me about a year ago after having her third child to ask, “How do I know when I’m done having kids? I love having babies and I imagine it’s a transition of its own with real grief when I decide not to have any more kids.” Faced with... read more

A Journey Through Childhood with Seuss

When I was pregnant with my oldest, I desperately wanted to decorate her room with a Dr Seuss theme, but since this was in the days before Dr Seuss Knows A Lot About That, there were a grand total of zero wall or bed or floor decorations in Seuss themes.  There were plenty of tutorials for drawing your own on the wall, but since when it comes to art, I am all thumbs, we had to choose a different theme.  I was bummed because I wanted my daughter to be surrounded with as many books and literary allusions as possible from the earliest days.   Then I read a study that... read more

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