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Raising Globally Aware Children

The world is a big place. It’s an even bigger place for a child. One of the best ways to teach your child about a new country is to visit it, and although international travel is a great family experience, it can also be costly and time consuming. There are some simple and affordable ways to teach your children about the world without purchasing plane tickets. Below are our top three ways to teach your kids the world without opening your front door.   1) Talk about the world. “Growing up, we didn’t have money for international travel so we had to imagine our... read more

The Car Spa

It’s summer and in my household this means the kids are home more either telling me they’re having the best time of their lives or so bored not even tickets to a World Cup soccer game could satisfy them (well, maybe my nine-year-old). I’m in the middle of reading Book Five of the Percy Jackson series to my 11-year-old and Book Two of the same series to my 9-year-old, mixing up Gods and demi-gods left and right. And I’m behind on every summer work and personal commitment I’ve made to myself. Sound familiar? I’ve been thinking about this a lot, wondering how... read more

Mothering my Mama

As the years have passed and I moved out of infant, toddler and child mothering and into preteen, teen and adult mothering, I held in the back of my mind the thought of mother mothering. I am one of two girls and two boys born to my mother and father. I am the eldest. I knew the day would come when my parents would have health issues and would need help with their day-to-day living tasks. My father has had health issues for many years and my mother has been his caregiver day in and day out. She also mothered her own mother for several years as well as her... read more

Becoming an Aunt

In July, I became an aunt. This past weekend, I finally got to meet my nephew, Noah. I was a little nervous about how I’d handle the encounter. Even though I was excited, I wondered: Would I be an emotional train wreck, given my infertility struggles? Turns out, holding Noah eased the ache I’ve often felt in my arms. Being an aunt is great fun. Here are the top ten things I love about my new role: 10 ~ Sniffing Noah’s head. Ahh…that newborn baby smell. 9 ~ Watching my brother and sister-in-law take care of him. Such good parents. 8 ~ Wondering... read more

Wordless (well, almost) Wednesday

New York, New York. Two working mothers calling for children at Greenwich House, a neighborhood center, where they have left them early in the morning for day care Photographer: Tillery, Risdon | Date Created/Published: 1944 May | Reproduction Number: LC-USW3-053649-E For full information about this image and more images in this collection visit the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs online catalog. About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural... read more

The Guilt of Saying No

Got a phone call from a good friend in distress today.  She wondered if I might be able to help her with boundary setting.  She kindly gave me permission to explore these ideas in a blog post! Ah…. yes, the fine art of recognizing when to say No, and not carrying the guilt forward. As mothers, so many of us carry a very strong caregiver archetype, always willing to go above and beyond when there is someone in need.  As we talked it was clear that there are several people in her life who are dearly in need of support.  With each she described a very different... 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

Growing Up With Domestic Violence: Patrick Stewart and Me

by Jake Aryeh Marcus Find Sustainable Mothering on Facebook and Jake on Twitter. I got a fundraising e-mail from Amnesty International the other day. It was from a celebrity, as so many non-profit fundraising e-mails are. But this one really made me stop and look. It was from actor Patrick Stewart and it was about supporting Amnesty International’s campaign concerning violence against women. He wrote: I know too much about violence against women – as a child I watched in terror as my mother was abused by an angry and unhappy man who could not... read more

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