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394 family fun article submissions by the Mothering community.

For Valentine's Day: Cute thumbprint cards for your Valentines

  Remember the fun of exchanging those cute (and, well, corny) valentines in elementary school? Times have changed, but kids still love to swap valentines.   Here are some quick and easy ones for you to make. Just sketch out some simple designs with a pen or pencil (you can even use the designs above for inspiration) or use stencils to create the main design and customize them with a thumbprint to make them truly one of a kind.    What you’ll need • card stock (white or lightly colored) • a stamp pad •  thumbs • crayons, markers, paint, or glitter (optional)   •... read more

The Season of Wonder

  brought to us by Mothering sponsor Oak Meadow     Becoming attuned to Earth’s cycles can enhance our lives while contributing to a healthier lifestyle, community, and world. From the time our children are very little, we can share with them our appreciation and delight of the great outdoors, and encourage a growing awareness of nature and all its wonders.   This time of year feels like a celebration as the Earth revives after a winter sleep. Visiting your favorite “sit spot” with your children is a wonderful way to revel in the changes of... read more

Faces of Mothering

The Mothering Community is incredibly diverse, filled with people from around the world and in various stages of parenting and a variety of family living choices. We invited our community members to post photos of beautiful and poignant moments in their lives to share with us and each other. What we received was an incredible collection of gorgeous images that make us so proud and in awe of the vibrant and caring community of individuals we have.   We've gathered some of the photos into a slide show and put others into a video slideshow. We hope you enjoy them as much... read more

For Valentine's Day: Paper Doll Bookmarks (with fabulous hair)

    Next up in Mel and Laura’s Several Fabulous Things You Can Make for V-Day Project: paper dolls!   But not just any paper dolls. These paper people have long lovely locks like Rapunzel—or any number of pro football players these days—to help your favorite reader mark his or her place.     What you’ll need   scissors colored paper (card stock is preferable, needs to be sturdy enough to handle being handled a lot) hole-puncher (to make small round holes for yarn hair to go through) needlepoint needle (or one with a big eye, anyway) yarn glue stick   1.Print... read more

Healthier Halloween

Halloween is truly a kid's holiday—good friends, creative costumes, event-filled parties, all with a cool spooky theme—who could ask for more? Oh yes, one more thing, the treats—lots of sugary candy treats! With all the fun of this holiday comes a parent's worst fears, too many sugary treats in your kid's possession and the arguments that ensue over this treasure trove. If you don't feel like contributing to the neighborhood children's tooth decay, consider giving treats that are healthier.     Here are some suggestions:   Naturally flavored and sweetened... read more

Video - Green Halloween: DIY face paints

  Lynn from Green Halloween demonstrates how easy (and fun) it is to make Halloween face paints to DIY for. 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 Whole Family. Stay tuned for treats and treasures your trick-or-treaters will love (and Mother Earth will thank you for)! Check out "Sustainable Season's Greetings" by... read more

paper dolls!

Back in October, I mentioned a new feature that we were going to be including in our November–December issue, but I neglected to follow up on it. So here’s the scoop: paper dolls. Originally created by our very own Melyssa Holik as a Christmas present for Mothering publisher-editor Peggy O’Mara—who liked them so much she suggested we put them in the magazine as a holiday gift for our readers. And here is where you can download PDFs of four different dolls and their wardrobes—for hours and hours of good old-fashioned paper doll play.... read more

Abiie Babydeck Stroller Revolutionizing Convenience For Parents

  From now on, parents can stop searching for diaper changing stations or settling for unhygienic restroom conditions. Finding a place to change a baby’s diaper has always been a problem. A dad in New York ended up creating a website for locating all restrooms equipped with changing station (www.daddytypes.com/nyc_mens_room_changing_tables/). This enthusiastic parent’s survey found that many well-known restaurants and cafes, such as Starbucks, were not equipped with changing stations.  Many public restrooms do not have changing stations, forcing parents to change... read more

5 Holiday Traditions we LOVE!

      It’s amazing to me how the holiday season seems to arrive so suddenly. Partly I think it’s because I grew up in a cold climate and now live in a warm one where I still can’t quite believe Thanksgiving day could touch into the 80s. And partly it’s just because the older I get and the busier our house gets, the faster time seems to slip on by.   But alas, here it is, The Holidays.  A season that over the years I have come to love and that we as a family have definitely made our own. Being a huge fan of setting intentions and creating ritual the... read more

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions from the Mothering Community

Earlier this week we published an article about the most common New Year's Resolutions in the US and asked Mothering Members to share their own resolutions.    Taking suggestions from that conversation, and other related threads, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 New Year's Resolutions from Mothering Members. Here they are in no particular order.   Are your goals on this list? If so, follow the provided links to find support and inspiration for them in the Mothering Community.    Spend More Quality Time as a Family: play more with the kids, eat... read more

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