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394 family fun article submissions by the Mothering community.

company's coming!

Our Mothering.com team is made up of folks who live around the globe.* And they’re coming to visit us here at the Mothership. . . tomorrow. So we’ve spent some time today sprucing up around the office—and for those of us in the Production Department, that has meant straightening up, cleaning out, throwing out, and doing things we’ve been meaning to do a long time, like hanging up that white board—the one that we rely on to know what day it is. . . Tonight, as Mel and I were finishing up, about to head out the door, we realized again how blank... read more

Win a $100 gift Certificate & the Perfect Summer Swaddling Blankets from Bambino Land

This giveaway has ended. The random winner is Mary Karl-Gruswitz, comment #135. Congrats! You will be emailed. — Win the perfect summer swaddling blankets from Bambino Land & $100 gift certificate! We all know that swaddling is important for many newborns as it helps babies transition from womb to world… large, breathable muslin is the best way to keep your baby secure, while allowing air flow to prevent over-heating—especially in the summer. But muslin blankets are not just for swaddling! They are perfect to shade baby from the sun, cover... read more

Vacation On and Off The Beaten Path

  As far as educational vacations go, it’s tough to beat Washington, DC. We’re lucky enough to live within an easy day’s drive, so we loaded up with roughly half of everything we own, booked a hotel room and hit the road, smugly patting ourselves on the back for bringing school lessons to life as well as being all around swell parents.   And there in the heart of it all: monuments and memorials, The Reflecting Pool, museums, this fancy building that looked important... Look I’m not a tour guide. But it was impressive. The kids looked around, shrugged and, in a... read more

Video of the Amazing Banana Opening Trick

Several readers wrote to me privately about the banana trick I described last week and a few commented on the post saying they needed a video demonstration. Ask and ye shall receive! Here is 10-year-old Hesperus demonstrating the amazing banana opening trick. I am narrating and holding the camera (James’s iPhone) in one hand and Leone, who was squirming wildly, in the other. (The key is to make the slit in the banana without your kids seeing so they think you’re just opening it by magic.) Happy watching (the video is 33 seconds... read more

Museum Day Live!

On Sept 29th hundreds of museums across the US will provide free admission as part of Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! event. Only two members per household can gain free admission during the event, and must present a special ticket to do so, but it is a good chance to reduce the costs of visiting a local museum you have been wanting to bring the family to.   In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the... read more


It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of it, I wanted to highlight writer, mother, and breast cancer survivor Tracy Lynch’s fantastic essay, “Inappropriate.” When I first read Tracy’s essay, I immediately connected with it. Which is to say, I suddenly became aware of how much I use the word “inappropriate” as a way to wave off my son. That blog I’m snort-laughing over, with the texts that make unfortunate sexual entendres? Inappropriate. That episode of Weeds I’m trying to sneak in? Inappropriate. Those pics of my sister at a bachelorette... read more

Video - Green Halloween: composting Halloween décor and edibles

  One of the most important steps you can take for the planet is to avoid tossing food-waste into the trash. Lynn from Green Halloween shows you how easy it is to compost natural décor, edibles (including candy) and other food-scraps left over from Halloween festivities. Visit Green Halloween for more links and details on carrying out the tips in this video. Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are the mother-daughter founders of Green Halloween® and authors of the book, Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the... read more

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Shopping with Kids at the Rogue River Myrtlewood Shop in Gold Beach, Oregon

Gold Beach's motto carved onto myrtlewoodI’m not much of a shopper. Okay, I’d rather be sick in bed for a week than go shopping for anything but food. But every once in awhile, usually while I’m traveling for work, I happen across a place that inspires my inner consumer. The kids and I had so much fun at Rogue River Myrtlewood Shop in Gold Beach on the southern Oregon Coast that we closed it down. I think we were there for more than two hours. The shop sells locally made myrtlewood items, like salad bowls, lighthouses, statutes, games, toys, and furniture. They have a... read more

The Third Night of Hanukkah: On Being an Atheist

We always had a Christmas tree growing up but we would hang Hanukkah gelt from the branches and put a Jewish star at the top of the tree. The star really offended one of my older brother’s best friends, a deeply religious practicing Catholic. He didn’t think Jews should have Christmas trees, and felt the Jewish star at the top was an insult to Christians. My husband, who is from an Italian Catholic family, grew up deeply religious. James paid attention in church, he listened to the priests, and he worried about committing sins. Even as a toddler, James was intrigued by... read more

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