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12 child article submissions by the Mothering community.

The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties, Guest Post by Larry Cohen

  I am thrilled today to be hosting a guest post from one of my heros, Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD, author of Playful Parenting. Today's article is adapted from his new book, The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears. Enjoy!   I needed an idea for my eighth-grade science experiment. My mother was the director of a nursery school, and every spring the children hatched chickens as a project. I cared for the eggs and the baby chicks on nights and weekends. My sister Jeanie was studying to be a psychologist at the time (I guess... read more

3 Family-Tested Secrets to Not Getting Sick

I really hate the concept of "flu season" -- it sets us up to be ready to get sick, right?! But I also have a healthy respect ("healthy" -- see what I did there??) for statistics, and it is true that lots more folks get lots more colds and flu during the winter months. Here are three tried and true secrets for not getting sick -- tips that staved off many bouts of illness in our family  over many years. (My kids are now 22 and 26 and continue to use these with great results.)   I have been sharing these tips for not getting sick with friends for years, and finally... read more

Mothering with Mental Illness: The Natural Addition to my Treatment Plan

Guest Post By: Jennifer Marshall     One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the past eight years since my bipolar disorder first emerged, is that my number one trigger is lack of sleep. I had barely slept in the weeks leading up to each of my four manic episodes. Those episodes all required stays in the psych ward for a few days to a whole week at a time, and a boatload of psychiatric medication before I came back down to Earth.   I can’t tell you what a relief it is to nail down the one thing I needed to protect in order to stay well.   But just because I... read more

Thanks for Thinking Pink, Hollywood, Now How About Kids with Cancer?

    By Suzanne Leigh   “Pinktober” has come and gone, and once again Hollywood’s hottest have been prominent in their objective to put the word out about breast cancer.   We’ve had actor and model Rebecca Romijn introducing the “hand bra” in a humorous video made to promote breast cancer awareness month. We’ve seen reality star and breast cancer patient Giuliana Rancic making a guest appearance at the launch of a website dedicated to “stylish living through breast cancer,” and singer Beyoncé promoting a pink nail polish, in which a percentage of the cost will be... read more

The Anxiety of Loving

A lesson for my son about the link between love and anxiety, and an opportunity for us to teach him  effective tools for working with his own worry.   A few nights after our cat's initial escape she vanished into the night again. And again our nine year old son felt terrified and quickly descended into a puddle of panic. This time my husband and I were calm, realizing that Tashi is young and fast and would likely be able to escape the predators in the night. We also realized that we can either trust that she’ll be fine or stress about it every time she refuses to... read more

One Mom's Perspective on Why the New Health Care Reform is Vital

The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) has undoubtedly been on the minds of many this week, as Republicans angle to defund the newly instituted program with a government shutdown.   In an ultimate display of irony, their latest ploy is using children with cancer who are currently being denied their treatment in clinical trials during the shutdown as a means to get their way. “Their way” being to dismantle the very bill that would ensure that those children with cancer are provided with the health coverage they need in the future. These maneuvers seem to be... read more

Listen Up, Moms! It's CHILDHOOD Cancer Awareness Month

By Suzanne Leigh                 If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never heard of it – or even noticed those gold ribbons, the emblems of childhood cancer.   I know I didn’t know that September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month until my 7-year-old was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.    Sometime in the middle of one of Natasha’s vicious chemo cycles, I wondered into a grocery store that was festooned with pink ribbons, and was asked at check-out if I wanted to make a donation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sure I did, but why was... read more

Mommy, I Want a Cell Phone

My 10-year-old daughter, who turns 11 this summer, has noticed that a lot of her friends have cell phones. “Mommy,” she says. “I want a cell phone.” I wish James and I didn’t have cell phones. Every time I hold mine up to my ear I think of Ted Kennedy who died of brain cancer. Every time I multitask—talking on the phone while exercising, which is something I love to do, for example—I think of how Thich Nhat Hahn and other Buddhists believe that we should be where we are in any given moment, mindful of what we are doing instead of distracted by other... read more

Health Care Can't Wait

In May, I was told that I would be losing my beloved job at Greater Good magazine. There was no animosity; the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center simply ran out of money for my position. In losing my job, the very first thing I worried about was health care coverage for my son. That first night, I could not sleep. Instead, I played nightmare scenarios in my head of Liko getting sick or injured, and us not being able to pay for the care he needed. But that morning, I remembered something I had forgotten: Our city, San Francisco, offers a public health care... read more

fever in, fever out

Honorée had a fever last night, poor budgie. At one point she said, “Mom, the bed feels like it keeps on getting higher and higher, and it’s scary.” I rubbed her feet with lavender and peppermint oil…at around midnight, I gave her a bath infused with peppermint, lavender, and Young Living Thieves oil blend. She noticed that she was now as long as the tub. That’s a big moment, isn’t it? Her eyes seemed huge in her small white face, but she had a certain placidity. I never enjoy being sick but there’s something about fevers that feels very enlightening and related... read more

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