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View Poll Results: What articles and features of Mothering issue 151 did you enjoy?
A Quiet Place: Keeping it Simple 16 100.00%
Your Letters 21 100.00%
Bulletins 3 23.08%
Art of Mothering: Mom I'm Gay 36 100.00%
Out of the Closet--Now What? 24 100.00%
A Child's World: Surburban Walkabout 23 100.00%
Ways of Learning: Forest for a Classroom 59 100.00%
Peggy's Kitchen: Cupcake Heaven 9 69.23%
Cool Stuff: In My Book of Dreams 7 53.85%
Living Treasure: Audrey Naylor 6 46.15%
The Long Goodbye to Toxic Toys 39 100.00%
Real Boys Play With Dolls 68 100.00%
Born of the Storm 35 100.00%
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#1 of 40 Old 11-06-2008, 07:13 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Born of the Storm was an amazing and touching story! I cried. I remember that storm so well.

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real boys play with dolls was great but Ways of Learning: Forest for a Classroom really inspired me! I think i'm going to start a toddler forest walk!

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I really enjoyed Peggy's quiet place. I usually enjoy this, but this particular issue really stands out for me. :

"The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly out distances us."
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I really loved "Real boys play with Dolls"... What a sweet daddy and little boy in that story. They made my heart melt. (Ok, Ok, you got me. They are my hubby & DS... )

The whole mag was wonderful as always. We were so thrilled to have our little family in an article on your pages.

Forest for a Classroom was so interesting, I loved it. The toy features are always fun too.. and I can't wait to try some of those cupcakes. Mmm..

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real boys play with dolls was so moving to me. i almost at the end.

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I really enjoyed Peggy's quiet place. I usually enjoy this, but this particular issue really stands out for me. :
Me, too! That was a great one.

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I haven't finished reading yet, but I *loved* the Real Boys Play with Dolls piece. I read it to DH and both of us got really fired up. I also shared the Toy article with DH as a more comprehensive look at why I choose wooden natural open ended toys over commercial plastic electronic ones.

DH was very moved by the Doll piece as he looks to redefine what it means to be a father. I wish there were more articles written by dads who are looking into being nurturing parents.... I think there is a real need for that. Not many men have had positive role models for fathering/parenting.

This whole issue is just answering so many of my needs! :

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I *really* enjoyed the Boys and Dolls article--it was the first one I turned to and the only one I've been able to read completely so far. My toddler boy has a doll that he loves to love and it's so sweet to see that caring side of him, when he's otherwise stomping and crushing and banging and destroying as boys are wont to do. I can't wait to share it with DH, who is out of town right now. And even though it's not applicable to my family (so far), I was glad to see an article that address the needs of parents with gay/lesbian children. I'd love to see an article about multi-cultural familes someday!
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Ways of Learning: Forest for a Classroom was a great article and truly inspiring!!
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My favourite article by far was Ways of Learning: Forest for a Classroom. I was so inspired by it, & really, really agree with the premise that children should be outside & learning. I can't imagine how difficult it must have been to move children from that into an environment where outside play was restricted to 20 minutes if the weather is good. I find limiting children's exposure to the outdoors just appalling, to be honest.

Anyway.

I also liked Mom I'm Gay, & the companion article to it.

This issue didn't resonate with me as much as others have in the past, but nevermind, I still look forward to seeing what the next issue will bring.

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This issue was one of the best ones I have read in a long time. Practically every article was of interest to me. My favourite was the Forest for a Classroom article as I a v into researching methods of education.

I also LOVE toys! I love them! The only quibble I had with the toy articles, and I cannot find the appropriate place to ask this on the forum, so Im asking it here: Why were none of the toys shown by the company Melissa & Doug? I am wondering this mainly because every other toy pictured needs to be ordered online while I can go to my local Target, toysaurus, or Hobby Town USA and pick up Melissa & Doug toys. I understand that none of theirs may have been the best toy of 2008, but surely at least one could have been shown in the toxicity article. It makes more sense to me to drive 10 minutes and buy something than to pay $5+ to have it shipped to me. I know there is a webinar on this coming up, but Im not interested in talking over the web, and it is a couple weeks away and I want to know now

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"Real Boys Play With Dolls" was a very touching story. I love this whole mag!
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i have not read this issue yet as i am saving it to take on a flight this weekend; however, the baby on the cover is one of the most adorable I've seen in a long time!

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I was very glad to see the Mom I'm Gay and Out of the Closet articles!
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I was glad to see the Out of the Closet article because its an important topic.
But I voted for Born of the Storm. It was such a moving story, and the illustrations were so beautful as well.

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This issue was one of the best ones I have read in a long time. Practically every article was of interest to me. My favourite was the Forest for a Classroom article as I a v into researching methods of education.

I also LOVE toys! I love them! The only quibble I had with the toy articles, and I cannot find the appropriate place to ask this on the forum, so Im asking it here: Why were none of the toys shown by the company Melissa & Doug? I am wondering this mainly because every other toy pictured needs to be ordered online while I can go to my local Target, toysaurus, or Hobby Town USA and pick up Melissa & Doug toys. I understand that none of theirs may have been the best toy of 2008, but surely at least one could have been shown in the toxicity article. It makes more sense to me to drive 10 minutes and buy something than to pay $5+ to have it shipped to me. I know there is a webinar on this coming up, but Im not interested in talking over the web, and it is a couple weeks away and I want to know now
Well, I think I can tell you why. If you look carefully you'll see that all of the toys in the two articles were either made in the USA or countries other than China. Although Melissa & Doug's toys are very cute, they are made in China. Over the last two years toys and goods have come out of chinese manufacturing plants filled with lead and other toxic chemicals. It would make no sense to feature made-in-china toys in an article that is giving parents non-toxic choices.
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i LOVE IT ALL

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I loved Born of the Storm and Mom I'm Gay.
I wanted to love the non-toxic toys article, but I thought it was really disappointing because all of the toys were so INCREDIBLY expensive!!! Come on, who can afford this stuff? I understand that quality costs more to produce than toxic plastic crap, but can there really be no affordable, safe toys that could have been highlighted for the article? If they really tried to find affordable safe toys and could not, then they should have discussed that fact in the article. Instead the toys were just presented as great gift ideas. Are safe toys only for rich kids? Please have an article on safe toys that would be relevant to struggling, one income, middle or lower middle class families!

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This was a wonderful issue. I really connected with a lot of it, but the stand-out articles for me were Forest for a Classroom and Real Boys Play with Dolls. Forest for a Classroom inspired me to be more persistent about seeking out a school for my preschooler that does spend the majority of time outdoors, since I believe that it so important. It was quite eye-opening to discover actual schools, even if they are overseas, that do offer that.

My husband and I talked a lot about Real Boys Play with Dolls, because we have happily given our little boy dolls to play with. The nurturing aspect of playing with dolls hadn't occurred to me, but when I started paying closer attention to him with the dolls, I realized that he does give his dolls lots of cuddles and kisses and hugs, just like we do to him.
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It was a great story and stood out amongst others
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This isn't about the print issue per se, but I didn't know where else to post it. I just wanted to say that Bethany Fitzpatrick's "Awakening" on the front page is gorgeous. It completely blew me away.

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LOVED the real boys article. I made my husband read it so he would get off my case about letting my ds play with dolls.

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I loved the real boys play with dolls article as well. I read it and DH has finally agreed that I can get the boys a waldorf doll (yep only that kind) and let the boys play with it. Evan is a little older but I think he will like it. He plays with a teddy bear the same way so if he doesnt like it I am sure the teddy bear will be fine. But Jacob has picked up a doll at places and played with them before so maybe a waldorf doll is in order. I think it is about time they play with something other then just "manly" toys. I am thankful for this article. ::

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Well, I hate to say it, because I usually LOVE reading my Mothering magazine cover to cover as soon as it arrives, but I found NONE of the articles that interesting this time around. The suburban hiking one was completely self-evident to me. (Do readers of Mothering really need to be told to take their kids on a walk in the neighbourhood? Really? Good grief!). The birth story was a letdown cause the baby wasn't even born during the power outage. The mom I'm gay one was predictable. The toys one was mostly photos and contained very little informative text. I felt like I was reading a shopping magazine. The real boys play with dolls was a nice perspective, but I would have preferred a third person article citing a study on boys who play with dolls rather than just one dad's perspective. As for the kindergarten in the forest, well, nice concept but there was no discussion of the actual pedagogy used (Waldorf? Montessori? Pezzalozzi? Froebel?) or what the approach was for teaching things like numbers and the alphabet (or if those things were even taught at all). What was described could have been done in all of two paragraphs. School in the woods. We get it.

Sorry but to me, this was just a dud issue.

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Really Boys do play with dolls....my have never had an issue with manlyness and love dolls.
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my magazine came with a small booklet of toys, I can't find it. Does any one know what the name of the company is so I can look at those toys online? the wooden trucks inparticular. Thanks
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my magazine came with a small booklet of toys, I can't find it. Does any one know what the name of the company is so I can look at those toys online? the wooden trucks inparticular. Thanks
It was Nova Natural http://novanatural.com

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I loved the Real boys play with dolls article. I am certainly going to keep it. It gave me a wonderful perspective in relation to boys and how what they learn "could" influence the way they behave later on down the line. I remember growing up playing with dolls while the boys around me (mostly cousins and other kids in the area) played with action figures and anything closely related to a "doll" was taboo. The one boy in the group that played "dolls" with us then is now a caring and compassionate father. I am not saying that it is because he played with dolls then (he also played with action figures as well), but it is a good feeling to know that it is okay for boys to play with dolls and un-gender the stigma being "playing house".
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