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Software Problems Reporting

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The Winner of the Badger Night-Night Balm is...

Thanks for taking part in the Badger Night-Night Balm giveaway! The random winner is Allison, comment #123!! (please contact me at webeditor[at]mothering.com). If you are not the winner you can still get a FREE Badger Night-Night Balm by subscribing or renewing your print subscription to Mothering now. Follow the above link and use code DEAEXF. About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of... read more

Enter to Win a Badger Night Night Balm!

Enter to WIN a Badger Night Night Balm by leaving a comment below!! Come back at 6pm ET today (Fri) to see if you won and find out how else you can get a FREE Night Night balm from Badger. Like Badger on their facebook page for another chance to win. Just let us know you did in a separate comment on the blog. A natural sleep tight balm for kids and toddlers. Night-Night Balm is made to help ease younger minds into the magical realm of the sleep world. For this special child-friendly formula, we chose essential oils that are known to be good... read more

The Possibility Shop Episode 6 A Handmade Gift From The Heart

  Learn how to help your child create a heartfelt gift for your family and friends.    To view more videos from The Possibility Shop, click here. read more

post-holiday return to work

# # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # The Production Department’s calendar-of-events whiteboard today. # # Tags: today is hard, white board, whiteboard, work This entry was posted on Monday, January 3rd, 2011 at 6:51 pm and is filed under Mothering office, mothering staff, the making of a magazine. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently... read more

January 1—the early morning of the year

I’m not real fond of January (have been known to refer to it as the Monday of the year), but I do like the clean-slate feel of a new year. And a part of the January newness is a new issue, coming soon to a newsstand or mailbox near you! Here’s a peek: # Photo of the view out the window onto our brand-new year (which showed up bearing a frosty SIX-degree temperature accompanied by a minus-nine-degree wind chill!) # # # Tags: issue 164, january, January–February 2011, newness This... read more

A Gift I Have Given & A Gift I Have Received

Can True Gifts Be Wrapped? My parents hosted a large annual Christmas Eve party with music, talking, and the usual festivities for many years until a profound shift occurred. My father was feeling isolated during his own party. He was making a lot of small talk but at the end of the night, he felt disconnected, rather than connected from all the bits of conversation. He was seeking a deeper meaning around the holidays and he couldn’t find it amidst the hoopla. So, he made a change. My parents scaled back the guest list to a few families, and... read more


Christmas without kids is strange. A bunch of adults sitting around a tree opening gifts. Half the boxes are full of things that are unneeded. If I listen closely, I hear an empty sound behind the holiday music on the radio. No pitter-patter of footed pajamas running down the hallway. No excited chatter about leaving cookies for Santa and carrots for reindeer. The nativity scene sits on the table gathering dust (when my brothers and I were little, we loved playing with all the figurines and the straw-roofed stall that served as the manger). Most days I can... read more

Celebrating the Final Week of the Year

I love this week.  Adore it.  Look forward to it all year.  The final week of the year. The feeling of being in between, somehow, bringing closure to this year and preparing for what is to come.  I feel a curious peace blended with urgency in this week.  I feel curiously confident that anything is possible. The Peace:In contrast to the rest of the year, somehow in this week I feel as though I have all the time in the world.  The days feel long and quiet, open to possibility.  I might work, play, cook, snuggle  -  I am confident there is ample room in my... read more

When My Husband Saw Santa

  Athena and Hesperus by the tree with its homemade ornaments during the year we lived in West Africa Everyone in my family believes in Santa Claus. When James was about seven he saw Santa. He lived with his mom in an apartment in Buffalo. They had a tree in the corner of the living room. He went to bed very excited and happy on Christmas Eve holding a little elf ornament that he slept with every Christmas Eve on one shoulder, his blue blanket on the other. Jimmy woke in the middle of the night. Everything was dark except the... read more

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