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Mothering Magazine

An off-the-beaten-path parenting magazine supporting natural living and covering controversial subjects

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A surprising contrast to typical parenting publications!

  • May 23, 2009

I can honestly say this was the best baby shower present I received - and keep on receiving. Thanks to one very thoughtful friend and mother I discovered Mothering, and what a surprising discovery! When I was just about fed up with magazines such as Parenting, Pregnancy & Newborn, and American Baby (that I received for free at my ob), Mothering saved the day with a very fresh and relevant approach to child rearing. 

I know I am not the only one that thinks typical parenting magazines are redundant, ad happy, and totally lacking in content. I came across advice like feeding french fries to your one year old, making it alright for children to lie, and that a few hours of TV each day for a young child is normal! Who are these people that write this?! Not to mention that every fourth page is advertising children's meds directly to parents - against the law in other countries. Sweet sugary snack advertising fills every fifth page, plastic toys every second page, so you are pretty much left with about five pages of content by the end - content that lacks in every aspect. Does a parent really need a magazine to know that children need fresh air?

Mothering is none of the above! It is surprising, educational, and very uplifting. No two issues are alike and I am always learning something new and relevant. If you are a mom who is into breastfeeding, non-GMO and organic foods, attachment parenting, co-sleeping, and green living - this is the magazine for you! Here are the things I love about Mothering and that make me hungry for each new issue:

Research based and scientifically backed articles: My pet peeve is parenting articles that are written as if parents are inherently dumb and have no common sense. Mothering articles go a lot deeper than typical publications and you always learn something or come away with a new understanding of a familiar subject. Unlike other magazines they are also not scared of using research that is from Europe and other parts of the world and is not industry funded but independent. Often it is more like reading a scholarly journal than a popular magazine, but in a language that is easy to understand. You will find very well written articles about nutrition, home and public schooling, real families, crafts, working at home, breastfeeding, music, articles written by dads, and a myriad of other fascinating topics.

'Green' and responsible living approach: Mothering content and articles are all geared toward green living. You will never get advice or ideas that are wasteful or not eco-friendly. 

Coverage of both sides of controversial subjects: Mothering takes a great approach on subjects like vaccinating, schooling, and co-sleeping (just as examples). They always cover both sides of the issue, and if they happen to lean toward one side they always back up their opinion with research and studies.

Minimal advertising that is actually enjoyable and relevant: I was pleasantly surprised with my first issue when I found myself happily devouring the ads that are unlike all the ones you see in mainstream parenting magazines. There are no processed snacks, big brand toxic skin care potions, and side effect loaded children's meds. What you'll find is homeopathic remedies, nursing wear, cloth diapers, safe co-sleeping solutions, doulas, herbal supplements, slings, organic skin care, mom made products, wooden toys, homeschooling curriculum, and a lot more. 

Online forum where you can meet like minded moms: To top it all off, aside from the magazine itself they also have a great website where the Mothering forum is very friendly, not hostile, and always open to great discussion. 

EcoMama Green Factor: +5! Aside from the content being 'green', it is also printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper. Even better, you can subscribe to an online version and forgo the magazine experience to be even more eco-friendly. 

Here is a great video that was posted on the Mothering website:

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July 06, 2010
agreed - great resource and very relevant even if you're not "uber" crunchy ; )
July 06, 2010
Yes, that's one of the things I love about them, they're crunchy but not preachy :)
July 05, 2010
I'll have to remember this as a baby shower gift possibility! This sounds great. Thanks for sharing, Anastasia :)
July 05, 2010
Thanks Debbie! Hands down my favorite shower present!
June 29, 2009
My children are now 16 and 14 and its been awhile since I followed Mothering Magazine, but it was a great friend to me while my children were young. There were many times we found the support and help that was not provided from "modern" pediatricians and well-meaning family members. I highly agree this is a great gift to yourself or to a new mother.
June 29, 2009
That is great to hear! I know they have been around for a while, but I only found out about them when I was pregnant with my first. They have also changed over the course of the years, but only for the better I believe.
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Quick Tip by . March 06, 2011
So incredibly sad to learn Mothering is no longer in print! They have decided to cease printing and publication, but will still be an online company, love their website! At least that's not going anywhere. Many magazines (and newspapers) are experiencing the same challenges since people go online for everything and no longer subscribe.
review by . March 08, 2010
posted in Eco-Babyz
Mothering magazine is the only publication that I can read from cover to cover without getting irritated as misinformation or ill written articles. The advertisements are even great because they are geared toward my natural parenting lifestyle and I would actually buy the stuff (think slings and other baby carriers, cloth diapers, amber teething necklaces, organic clothing, nursing wear, cloth menstrual pads).      Mothering offers two types of subscriptions, digital and …
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