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4 family fun article submissions by the Mothering community.

Guest Blogger Julie Peterson on Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Guide (Book Review)

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Review: Book By Book Summary: Mothers and daughters share a special bond…why not further this bond through reading together? Book clubs have been growing in popularity over the past ten years, started by a variety of people with various interests and goals. Mother-daughter book clubs offer a great way for families to grow and share—with each other and with other mother-daughter pairs. In BOOK BY BOOK, Cindy Hudson offers all the how-to tips mothers need to start their own successful book clubs. Hudson offers her own firsthand experience as the founder of... read more

Third Way for Dads to Change the World: Read Children’s Books with Caregiving Dads

By Jeremy Adam Smith It's an empirical fact that fathers are comparatively rare in children's books — when economist David A. Anderson and psychologist Mykol Hamilton studied 200 children's books in 2005, they found that fathers appeared about half as often as mothers. Mothers were ten times more likely to be depicted taking care of babies than fathers and twice as likely to be seen nurturing older children. No surprise there, of course. Moms are still the ones most likely to be taking care of kids. But where does that leave families who don't fit the traditional... read more

"it's morning time. get out of bed!"*

random top 3: 1. For the first time, my daughter Honoree read Nathaniel and me a bedtime story: P.D. Eastman’s “Are You My Mommy?” She read the whole thing, all sixty-odd pages (where was the editor for that one?) and by the middle of it, Mr. N. was out cold. Bonus!   My favorite quote: “You are not my mommy. You are a snort.” (Sometimes I definitely feel like a snort, but I’m glad so far that I haven’t been demoted.) I really loved watching her do a brand new thing. She had so much freshly hatched, sweetly staunch authority, as she took on each... read more

It's a Good Day for a White Wedding

From today's New York Times: Cooperative breeding, in which an animal assists in caring for offspring that are not its own, is often found in nature. But researchers in Hawaii have uncovered a case that is not so common, involving long-term pairs of unrelated birds of the same sex. Lindsay C. Young of the University of Hawaii and colleagues studied a colony of Laysan albatrosses on Oahu from 2004 to 2007. These birds are monogamous, and both parents participate in raising a single hatchling. The researchers conducted genetic tests and monitored the pairs’... read more

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