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8 child article submissions by the Mothering community.

Attachment Parenting Isn't Just For Mom

  Contributed by Mothering blogger Sarah Clark   As I watch attachment style mothers sometimes I wonder if some of us forget that attachment parenting is called attachment PARENTING not attachment MOTHERING.     Attachment as a style of nurturing and loving our children is a beautiful thing.  It also can be quite exhausting- especially if all the attachment, co-sleeping, feeding, loving, holding, answering, nurturing, and touching is done by just one person.     Mom.   But it isn't called attachment mothering, is it. It is called Attachment... read more

Homeschooling with Chronic Illness

By Savvy Homeschool Moms     YOUR CONTENT/IMAGES GO HERE         Some links in this episode:     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 20. To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on iTunes, or our website. This episode is sponsored by Moving Beyond the Page – homeschool curriculum for hands-on, creative, and gifted learners. Learn more at www.movingbeyondthepage.com.       About Savvy Homeschool Moms The... read more

Thinking of the Less Fortunate on Thanksgiving

My mother called from South Africa with devastating news. One of my younger cousins, who I remember so well as a slender smiling four-year-old, committed suicide. She hanged herself last Thursday. She was thirty-two years old. I think I may have laughed. Oh god, I did laugh. My mother’s words were so unbelievable that I couldn’t understand what she was saying. L was dead. How could that be possible? I laughed the way my brother laughed when I was nine and he was seventeen. Jeremy was sitting on the front stoop of the house he rented... read more

7 Strange Things I do in the Kitchen

Not that kind of strange. We spend a lot of time in our kitchen. There are many reasons to hate our kitchen. The floor is plastic, that horrible faux wood stuff that is supposed to be so easy to clean but is probably still off-gassing and disrupting my children’s endocrine systems. The countertops are plastic. Inside the cupboards the paint is peeling. Every time I look at it I think, “lead.” But I spend more time in the kitchen than any other room in our house, except my office. I love to cook, I love to feed people, and I love... read more

late night calls: mom v. dad

Late-Night Call to Mom, Saturday, 2:35 a.m. Reeve (calling from El Paso where he just finished the first day of a voice competition, now wandering the halls of the hotel where he’s staying in a room with five other voice students, three to a bed, all of whom have to compete again the next day): “Mom, I can’t sleep. . .” Late-Night Call to Dad, Wednesday, 12:45 a.m. Reeve (calling from his room in the apartment he shares with his good friend Evan, post-late night opera rehearsal and pre-bed): “Dad, have you heard of Malt-o-Meal cereal? I... read more

what's in a name?

Last month we had a lively discussion about twenty-first-century family names over at my other blog, Daddy Dialectic. A number of writers and researchers have found many non-traditional families adopting some quasi-traditional naming practices--primarily, the wife taking her husband's name and/or children receiving their father's last name. I'd say about half the reverse-traditional families I interviewed for my book adopted the father's name, with the rest either hyphenating or just keeping separate names, but still naming children after the father. And in my... read more

Rootless and Trailing

A useful comment from Catherine Price at Salon: Thursday, CNN has a piece touching on another aspect of marital gender/power dynamics: so-called trailing spouses, that is, a spouse who takes on a less than ideal or worse-paying job when his or her partner relocates for a better position. Unsurprisingly, these trailing spouses usually are women. According to a 2007 study of more than 9,000 married men and women, when couples relocate, men tend to get a financial boost of $3,000 on average, whereas women tend to lose $750. According to Daniel Buccino, a... read more

The Way We Were vs. The Way We Are

This photo depicts the J. Bates home in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the late 1800s. Note the size of the family and the size of the porch they share. Families of this period were large, both because extended family stayed together and because children were still an economic necessity: more of them meant more hands to work in farms and shopfloors. Fathers and sons often worked side by side, and so did mothers and daughters. The economic and domestic were not separate spheres; though in the process of being eclipsed by large-scale enterprise, at this time the home... read more

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