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  1. New Member Introductions
    Hello mothers! I am an expecting mother working on my master's psychology project. Can you please help me out by answering this short 1-2 min survey! https://survey.zohopublic.eu/zs/4Oh9XR Much appreciated :smile:
  2. Preteens and Teens
    Hello, hope you are well. I have recently started making youtube videos (game lets plays) for the ages 4-12. My YouTube channel I have worked with children and young people for over 8 years, and I have been a gamer for even longer. With a lot of gaming content aimed at children and young...
  3. Judy Arnall
    This was the summer my son was going to learn how to swim! He was seven years old and old enough to agree to the lessons when I asked him in March. I signed him up and paid the $120.00 Come July, he was feeling more anxious about it and resisted going the first day. Once again, I’m faced with...
  4. Family Life
    I have always taken a conservative approach to extra-curricular activities, believing that children should have as much free play time as possible in childhood. I stuck by this for a long time, waiting until my two oldest children began expressing an interest in sport. My oldest son did not...
  5. Family Life
    Over 20 years ago, when I was a new parent with my baby in my arms, I looked across the street into the dining room window of my neighbor's house. Every evening, there was a candle lit, and I could see the adults at the table with their two teenagers. I saw that this family took the time to set...
  6. Working and Student Parents
    I'm a student researching on parenting and the issues seen by parents in today's world. Issues with - school pickups and drop-offs - maintaining kids' calendar/activities - play dates and/or other activities As I've heard, this is applicable to working and stay-at-home parents. I would love to...
  7. Baby
    I love November. It is a time of fires and pumpkin pies, a time of apple cider and sweaters, scarves and even more snuggling. It is a time of darker days, of coming inward, of bare branches and crisp evening strolls. But out of all of this, I mostly love that it's National Novel Writing Month...
  8. Baby
    I wore a white dress lined with lace. My hair was pinned with curls. Spring daffodils and alstroemeria, stock and freesia spilled from my fingers. A guitar was fingerpicked as I walked down the steps of a redwood grove in the crook of my grandfather's arm. The man I promised to love, his eyes...
  9. Family Life
      I don't know about you, but we love crafting in our house. The only problem is that with three kids under 5, finding time to plan and execute elaborate craft projects is usually beyond me. Luckily, we have found some simple ways to craft with usually just the items we have on hand. Here...
  10. The Childhood Years
    <p>What is a suitable schedule for preschool (# of days per week and hours per day)?</p> <p> </p> <p>How many extracurricular activity days would be suitable/not overscheduling per week?</p> <p> </p> <p>How many hours of sleep should a 5 year old get each night?  And is it vital to insist on...
  11. The Childhood Years
    Anyone have any good suggestions for Brownie patch activities? I'm looking for ideas for DD's troop. The brownie patches seem a lot more involved than the Daisy ones! Thanks!
  12. Family Life
    This blog post is brought to us by Oak Meadow     Building something in a natural setting using natural materials is an excellent way to encourage your children to spend time outside, which is the best way to help them learn to appreciate the natural world. There is something irresistible...
  13. Family Life
            We wheeled our bikes out of the garage yesterday afternoon, happily looking forward to riding through the bright, warm summer afternoon to our local fro yo store. My littlest (21 months) was buckled in the Burley trailer, already flipping through one of the lift-the-flap...
  14. Family Life
      As far as educational vacations go, it's tough to beat Washington, DC. We're lucky enough to live within an easy day's drive, so we loaded up with roughly half of everything we own, booked a hotel room and hit the road, smugly patting ourselves on the back for bringing school lessons to life...
  15. Family Life
    This giveaway has ended. The randomly chosen winners are Angel Maszy, Chapsie and mommariffic. Congrats!!! You will be notified by email. Many thanks to Barefoot Books for the giveaway!                                 As many of you have heard, a new little prince was born on July...
  16. Baby
    Summertime goes by too fast, so we've selected some of our favorite new warm weather products to help you stay cool, travel safer and have more fun while it lasts! Check out these 10 awesome items you won't want to miss.     S'well Stainless Steel Water Bottle   This stylish water...
  17. Family Life
      Hello, Mothering.com readers,   I need your opinion. Where do we as liberal, holistic, natural parents stand on the issue of kids peeing into the local swimming hole?   Here's my particular situation. Last week I was with my two boys, ages three and seven, at a lake just outside town. It...
  18. The Childhood Years
    <p>Hi all, I'm super frustrated.  My dd is 10.  She started piano through her school.  Although her teacher was very sweet, she does not stress reading music.  The books she used (I've since learned from other piano teachers) are not great at teaching reading music. </p> <p>So after two years...
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