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Resource Review Thursday: Mothering Magazine

child holding a broken robin's eggAre you looking for a parenting magazine that supports your natural living and attachment parenting choices?  Mothering magazine is chock full of articles, essays, information and products to help you live the natural family lifestyle.

What is Mothering Magazine?

Founded in 1976, Mothering is independently owned and regularly features health, lifestyle and parenting issues that are contemporary and oftentimes controversial. With a definite granola flavour, Mothering presents articles and topics focused on families committed to earth and family friendly lifestyle choices.

Mothering Gives Positive Support for Less Common Parenting Choices

One thing that Mothering Magazine does extremely well is support mothers and families who want to make non-traditional or non-mainstream choices about their family’s lifestyle. If you want to continue to breastfeed past the age of two, for example, you’d be hard pressed to find a supportive article in most widely read parenting magazines. Mothering, however, takes a very pro-breastfeeding approach and offers a multitude of examples of other moms who have made the choice to continue breastfeeding their toddlers or preschoolers.

Mothering Addresses Controversial and Complex Issues

Mothering also tackles controversial topics such as choosing to delay or omit vaccinations from your child’s health care plan, and provides statistics and information on the dangers of vaccines and their ingredients. Mothering magazine honors women’s experience as mothers, and children’s experience as children, and discusses topics ranging from the emotional landscape of labour and childbirth to the challenges of disciplining a toddler while respecting her need to explore.

Pro-Granola but Anti-Mainstream?

If you’ve chosen not to breastfeed your toddler, didn’t consider delaying vaccinations, or fed your baby formula since birth and let him cry it out at night, you might not find many articles in Mothering that support your parenting choices. Mothering has very clearly defined their scope as supporting the natural family living lifestyle, which means breast is best and discipline is done with the heart instead of the head. Mothering doesn’t feature articles that promote sleep training or cry-it-out techniques and doesn’t encourage the use of formula. If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of a three year old who still breastfeeds, Mothering might stretch and challenge your ideas about child-rearing.

For parents who are committed to an earth friendly lifestyle and want to learn about new developments in breastfeeding legislation, cloth diapers, organic food and hip eco-baby products, you’ll find just what you’re looking for in Mothering. With thorough research and essays, poems and photos that appeal to the emotional aspects of parenting, Mothering caters to the green, granola and emotionally attached set of parents who want to give their children the safest and healthiest start in life.

Originally published on Suite101.com on July 3, 2008

Disclaimer: I received three free copies of Mothering magazine to review.

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  • Sarah July 8, 2010, 6:54 pm

    Mothering is an excellent resource! While my three-year-old is LONG past her nursing days and I don’t take every bit of their advice, I have found tons of useful information there.

    Their website is a great resource as well.

    Thanks for the reminder. I haven’t read this one in a while.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Our DGT-Style Holiday =-.

  • Amber July 8, 2010, 8:41 pm

    I have been subscribing to Mothering for 5 years and I love it. I am pretty much its target demographic, though, with maybe a few exceptions. But even when I disagree with it, I really appreciate its alternative voice. I think that we need advocates who question mainstream wisdom and present other ways of being, it enriches us and it enriches our parenting.
    .-= Amber´s last blog ..Life Crafting Role Models- Sue =-.