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28 child article submissions by the Mothering community.

Five Tips for Helping Tweens (Re)Discover Pleasure Reading

By Leah Lesser   Homework. Swimming. Riding (or insert any other sport or activity). Saxophone. Friends. Family time. Dinner. Homework. Bedtime Story. Sleep. Add in there a bit of laughter, play, riding bikes with siblings, and chores, and you’ve got the makings of a very busy tween.   Does any of this sound familiar?   We’re living it. Our 11-year-old daughter can make my busiest days look fairly tame. And she doesn’t even come close to some of her friends who are taking on four or five after-school activities.   One of the things she has talked... read more

Tell Another Mom (Dot) Com

A website dedicated to supporting and encouraging fellow mothers.   By V.K. Harber   I just discovered a podcast, One Bad Mother. According to their website, One Bad Mother is a place  where they discuss the "thrills and embarrassments of motherhood and strive for less judging and more laughing". Sounds pretty great, right? (A warning: it's a comedy podcast and it is not for delicate or young ears)   One of their recent guests was the founder of a website, TellAnotherMom.com. This particular episode was addressing the so-called "mommy wars" (a phrase I... read more

The Benefits of Ignoring Children (Sometimes)

    When I first became a mother I was always "there."  You know.  Answering every question.  Watching every special moment.  Paying attention so as not to "miss out" or "harm their self esteem."  Of course as time went on and I added more and more children to the mix, this became impossible both because of time and a desire to maintain my sanity.   One day I realized that my children expected to be listened to all the time.  I realized that they felt no shame interrupting a conversation that other people were having to announce that they were wearing socks.... read more

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

The Female Dance of Compare and Despair

Village Hi Friends, I was working with a client who was triggered by another mother at a playdate. In the other woman’s home, my client immediately felt overwhelmed with the sense of her own inadequency. The other mother’s house was clean, her body was fit, her children seemed happy and well-adjusted and she had the sleep-issue dialed into perfection. I think there are elements of this scenario that come up for almost every mom at some point. Mothers are women and women often compare and despair… My client and I spoke at length... read more

How To Refine Your Writing: Keep A Journal

Have you ever thought of starting a journal but just don’t know where to start? Maybe you find there isn’t enough time in the day, or perhaps you find yourself faced with the question: What would I even write about?? A journal is something that is personal, a place where you can let it all out, stuff that you would never share with other people, let alone the world, or a place where you can work through personal issues (definitely much cheaper than a psychiatrist!). It can also be as impersonal or informal as you like, more as an exercise in writing, a list... read more

The Power of "Yes, And."

We Tell Stories, Los Angeles My mother performed improvisational theater when I was a young girl. One of the rules of improvisational theater is “yes, and”; when an actor on stage throws you a concept, you agree and add to it. “I can’t believe we’ve been climbing this mountain for six hours now and we still can’t see the top!” You reply with, “Yes, my feet are aching in this boots. Maybe we can tie ourselves onto this ledge to take a snack break.” I have been using the power of “Yes, and” in my mothering, and in dealing with what life has been... read more

A Guest Post from Cori Howard of The Momoir Project

Thanks to Cori Howard of The Momoir Project for this guest post. Cori Howard with her children It’s a Tuesday night and I’m sitting in a Vancouver café surrounded by ten other moms. The café is closed and we are just getting to know each other in this warm, cozy, intimate space. There are new moms and moms of toddlers and teenagers. There are grandmoms, adoptive moms and stepmoms, and they’ve come from all over the city to be here—at a writing class. Many people ask me why mothers would want to take a writing class – why they would want... read more

Nine Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Drugs

Earlier this week I posted the most recent conversation I had with my 6-year-old, 9-year-old, and 10-year-old about illegal drugs. James and I have talked to them about the harmful effects of illegal drugs, and a little about alcohol abuse, before. But since Katie Allison Granju’s son died of an overdose and drug-related assault this week, I can’t stop thinking about how devastating drug abuse can be. If you’ve never had a conversation like this with your kids, you may be wondering how to get started. Here are some ideas: 1. Don’t be afraid to show... read more

Talking to (Little) Kids about Drugs and Other Hard Stuff

“I’m feeling sad today,” I said when I sat down for dinner tonight with my four children. James is out of town. The baby banged a spoon on the side of her wooden highchair. Hesperus fidgeted. Etani made train tracks in his rice. Athena looked concerned. “My friend Katie’s son died last night.” “Oh no,” Hesperus said. “But we were just talking about him yesterday.” “I didn’t know that he had died,” I said. “Why did he die?” Etani asked. “He died because he took drugs and they made his body and his brain sick.” I said. “A lot of people... read more

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