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View Poll Results: What articles and features of Mothering issue #155 did you enjoy?
A Quiet Place: Longing for Community 14 100.00%
Your Letters 13 100.00%
What's Kickin'? News You Won't Get Anywhere Else 8 72.73%
Art of Mothering: Show me How You Feel 23 100.00%
Vaccine Debate 69 100.00%
Varivax: More Harm Than Good? 31 100.00%
Breastfeeing in the Land of Genghis Khan 86 100.00%
Ways of Learning: River School 16 100.00%
Peggy's Kitchen: Beautiful Obento Boxes 33 100.00%
Cool Stuff: Strokes of Genuis 6 54.55%
Living Treasure: Suzanne Arms 5 45.45%
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#1 of 41 Old 07-19-2009, 05:31 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Mothering would like your opinion on the articles you enjoyed most in the July-August 2009 issue #155 of Mothering Magazine. Please vote for the articles you enjoyed in issue #155. Feel free to post your input about the articles as well as other things you might like to share about issue #155. Thanks

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#2 of 41 Old 07-19-2009, 11:20 PM
 
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loved Loved the Community writing by Peggy; always love these essays...I have a perfect community within my own street. My children regularily play outside with the neighbours' children.
The Land of .... article was fabulous. I read it twice.
I also always love reading the letters.That's another example of the wider community.

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I LOVED the breastfeeding story. Really helped reframe culture & breastfeeding for me. I shared it with my LLL group.

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while I was completely glued to the magazine for both the vaccine article and the chicken pox vaccine article, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED the breastfeeding article. LOVED it. by far the best article I have read anywhere. It will definitely stick with me. I can only imagine three women, two moms and a grandma, offering up their breasts in the manor that was described in the article. I wish I lived in an area that it was soooooooooooooo supportive of "extended" BFing and NIP!!!

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Like other posters, the standout article for me was the Mongolian Breastfeeding article.
Great fun to read.
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I liked the breastfeeding article - it was very interesting. But I thought the vaccine article was fantastic - it layed out in plain, simple language, with references what I've thought/known about for a long time, but what I've had problems conveying to much of my friends & family. My dad read it and thought it was a great article and its helped to allay some of his fears about us not vaccinating my children.
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I also LOVED the breasfeeding article. The writer was amazing. The imagery of mom and grandmom offering up their breasts at the first hint of upset from the nursling and the man offering his too... just, what a great atmosphere for nursing! I also loved thinking of people taking some of the pumping mom's milk from the office fridge!

the vaccine article was great because I feel like it is something that I could keep on my coffee(tea) table and refer friends/family to if they have questions about our stance on vaccines. It was really relevant and I apreciated the pro vaccine comments from doctors being revealed that the doctors had obvious conflicts of interest.

I have the digital subscription but plan to purchase a paper copy of this issue, i really loved these two articles that much.
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Breastfeeing in the Land of Genghis Khan was fantastic! I LOVED it!
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I haven't ever posted in this area and came here just to post how much I loved the Mongolian bfing article. Wow! I laughed outloud and keep chuckling to myself when I think of it. Also as a mom of a nursing 5.5 year old it made me want to move us to Mongolia. And I have discovered that her distraction technique works wonders when my 17 month old is doing something I would rather she didn't do. Wonder how that would go over at the local park?

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I liked the breastfeeding article - it was very interesting. But I thought the vaccine article was fantastic - it layed out in plain, simple language, with references what I've thought/known about for a long time, but what I've had problems conveying to much of my friends & family. My dad read it and thought it was a great article and its helped to allay some of his fears about us not vaccinating my children.
This all the way!

I adored the breastfeeding article... but the vaccine one hit such a nail on the head....I struggle to explain to my family, and my own dr why i choose not to vaccinate my child...I don't speak the best and I am very non confrontational so this article says it all and I can show this article to all those people who try and convince me otherwise to inject things into my daughter!

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While, like PPs, I enjoyed the Breastfeeding in Mongolia article, the Vaccine Debate article was tops for me. I think I'm fairly educated on the topic, but I LOVED all the research the author did and all of the many perspectives reflected.

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I have not finished the vaccine article but I really wanted to know if there are some current threads discussing this. I looked and couldn't find any, but I've also been multitasking and could have easily missed them.

I really liked River School-- and I needed some of the reminders in Art of Mothering: Show me How You Feel but Peggy's letter was tops this month.

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This story touched me on so many levels. As a mother of an extended nurser, it's been tough to deal with the North American criticism. I find myself hesitant to feed my son in public because the negativity that is usually thrown in my direction is heartbreaking. Reading how beloved breastmilk and the breastfeeding relationship made me feel empowered, and made me realize that there is nothing wrong with my nursing relationship; there is something wrong with what our society now perceives as natural and normal. Thank you for such an inspiring article!
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The Breastfeeding article really touched a chord with me. It reminded me of my own culture and how it used to be like that. It made me sad because of how much it is changing and how many women are not breastfeeding longer than a week or two (if at all) to catch up with this modern world. I long for the normalcy that was in the article regarding nursing kids in public, especially older ones. Breastmilk is special and children should be encouraged to nuse as long as they need to, not seen as freaks or spoiled. This article made me happy for their experiences but sad for our own.

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The breastfeeding in mongolia article was AWESOME. I read parts of it aloud to my husband and mother and step-father. It was funny and interesting. I just love anything that puts an anthropological perspective on things in our culture. Just wonderful.

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I've been really inspired by the article on obento! For the last 18 months, my husband has had custody of his son, who is a pickier eater than my other kids, so I always like discovering *healthy* things he will be excited to have in his lunch box. He's into cartoon characters, origami and all sorts of *little* things and I think obento will really appeal to him. I can't imagine the superhuman moms who find the time to do it every day, but this school year it will be my goal to have Bento Mondays, and to pay more attention to presentation in lunches throughout the week. As if to affirm my new interest, yesterday in the clearance aisle of Target (for next to nothing!) I found colorful, divided lunch boxes with snap-in utensils that were meant for picnics, but should work nicely for obento. I bought one for each kid. Thanks for the great idea!

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I l:ved the Mongolian breastfeeding story, and think about it everytime I feed my son. Breastfeeding for me was pretty hard especially with my first child, and most of my support was to stop and give the baby the bottle. Too bad we can't transplant some good breastfeeding culture over here!
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I enjoyed the breastfeeding article as well as the vaccine Debate/Varivax article.

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This issue came at a very opportune time- We have just begun reading about and researching vaccines and the diseases they prevent, so the vaccination article was especially helpful for me.

The Breastfeeding article was great too- so positive, I loved it.

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I don't know what it is lately, but I seem to really enjoy every other issue of Mothering. I loved this issue, but the last one I couldn't really get into, and then the one before that I loved as well.

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The Mongolian Breastfeeding article meant a lot to me. Very dearly. I also liked the "Show Me How You Feel" article. All very functional and peaceful lifestyles. I need to be surrounded by these positive things very much right now and always.

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My husband is not a reader. We haven't vaccinated our children, I did all the research and he deferred to me on that, wise man that he is. I had left my current issue of Mothering on his desk totally by accident with the other mail and he read the entire vaccination section. It really helped him solidify in his mind why we weren't doing vaccinations. So thank you Mothering for coming through again!:

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One thing that stuck out to me about the vaccine article is how well everything was cited and backed up. It drives my partner crazy when he's reading an article and statements are not cited, so I know that he will enjoy reading it as well (I don't have it to show it to him quite yet, I read it at the library). It also makes the scare tactics employed by the media seem that much more silly, because they rarely cite anything when they do that.


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: Loved the Breastfeeding article. My mom cracked up when I told her about the generational boob game. I like the Vaccination article as well. I live in an area where almost everyone vaxes, so it was nice to be able to put this issue on the magazine stand and hopefully open a few minds. Thank you Mothering!

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This was my favourite Mothering issue ever!
I absolutely loved the breastfeeding story Breastfeeing in the Land of Genghis Khan.
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I loved the BFing in Mongolia article. Someone should REALLY do a film about that -- how inspiring it would be to me immersed for an hour or two in such a nursing-supportive culture! And how fascinating and mind-blowing! I wish I knew who to suggest this to!!
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I always love everything in Mothering, but two articles were very timely for me this month. The vaccine article was heaven-sent, because I just went through an ordeal with a physician over a school health exam where he told me that my son was a danger to other children because he is not vaccinated. I know that's total bunk, but it was so nice to receive validation in print and with citations to back me up.

The Obento lunch article was also very timely as my high-school daughter is the secretary of the Anime club at her school and very into everything Anime/Japanese. She read the article and is now very inspired to create her own Obento lunch boxes and we are searching for just the right box now.

Thank you Mothering!

(I also loved the breastfeeding in Mongolia article!)
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I am not a subscriber currently. The main reason I bought the issue was the obento article--my 11yo and I loved it! The second article that caught my eye was about breastfeeding in Mongolia. Thirdly, I thought the main vaccine article was well-written, although vaccines are not a huge issue of interest for me.

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I have come to the sad conclusion that I have outgrown Mothering Magazine. I have been a devoted subscriber for 18 years. 2 years ago was the first time I hesitated when it came time to renew, but I am such a fan that I wanted to continue to support the magazine...and I knew I would miss seeing it in my mailbox each month. So, I renewed for 2 more years. Well, two years have passed and I got my renewal notice the other day. My kids are now 18, 15 and 12...I don't find much pertaining to my parenting experience in the magazine anymore. I can't believe I feel such an attachment to a publication, but I do. Mothering has seen me through the tough and wonderful moments of parenting young children...sometimes my only support for the choices dh and I made along the way. It will still be my "new mom gift"...I always give a subscription to anyone who announces a pregnancy/adoption. Maybe I am sad because it symbolizes the end of an era for me...my babies are truly no longer babies. Articles about diapering and breastfeeding just don't apply anymore.

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The Mongolian Breastfeeding article came a day after I shocked a fellow LLL member with tales of nursing my toddler topless at home, and renewed my confidence in breastfeeding in whatever way works for my family. It also made me jealous. Wouldn't it be fun to just wave milk at my baby for a distraction! : Also, in a society where some folks pay big bucks for powdered and encapsulated cow's colostrum, wouldn't it be fantastic to simply share a little mama's milk? I was so excited by this article that I immediately passed it on to a LLL leader friend, after telling my mom all about it.

The Vaccine article was really beautifully put together. The references are an important part, and I appreciated how the pull-quotes shaded slowly from pro-vax to anti-vax as the article progressed. Subtle.

And for the first time, I found the merchandise spread useful, probably because I have been actively searching for stainless steel containers and alternative first aid kits this year. Usually that feature strikes me as distressingly consumerist.

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