I first discovered “Mothering” when I was pregnant with my second child. I’ve always held strong convictions that breastfeeding and co-sleeping where the best way for me to parent my children. After having successfully practiced them both with my oldest son, I was ready to branch out into even more natural parenting. Internet surfing led me to the Mothering website and to “Mothering Magazine.”
“Mothering“ is a magazine focused on natural family living. It is a bimonthly magazine filled with informative articles on all aspects of parenting.
The articles in “Mothering” cover all age groups. Articles on natural birth practices, breastfeeding and infant care cover the early days and months of a child’s life. Then, articles delve into topics that are of interest to mothers of toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children and even teenagers.
“Mothering” does not shy away from controversy. The magazine has covered home schooling, vaccines, circumcision, c-sections and many other controversial topics.
Each issue is usually focused on a particular aspect of parenting. For example, the current issue on newsstands is a special pregnancy issue. This issue has articles about homebirths, midwives and the high rate of cesareans in the U.S.
The advertising in “Mothering” is a breath of fresh air for me, a breastfeeding mother who is tired of being bombarded with formula ads every time I see a parenting magazine. All of the ads are for products that support natural family living. There are ads for baby slings, cloth diapers, vitamins for kids and many other natural living products. The ads in the back of the magazine are for a variety of natural products, including toys, clothing and bras.
Pictures and Models
Unlike most magazines on the market, “Mothering” uses real people in its photos. The photos that accompany most articles are often pictures of the author or the author’s children. The models are not overly made up, airbrushed or fake looking in anyway. “Mothering” is not trying to sell an unrealistic view of a woman’s body. The magazine uses real women with real curves and real flaws throughout. As a reader, I can relate to each photo and even identify with some of them. They are mothers, just like me.
“Mothering Magazine” is for every mother. Those that are particularly committed to natural parenting will find easy validation in its pages. Those new to natural parenting will find tons of information that will guide them on their path towards making informed parenting decisions. Even mothers who are not entirely committed to natural parenting will be able to take away interesting and useful information from each issue of Mothering.