August 2015: Language

Hello, Hallo, Bonjour, Namaste, Hola, and, of course, Grüezi mitenand! This issue of Mothering Matters is all about languages. What language should I speak with my kids? Should new parents follow the OPOL (one parent, one language) rule? Is it important that your children speak English? Will they integrate well if we move to a…

June 2015: Summer Adventures

Ah, beloved summer! It’s the time to appreciate family, catch up with friends and relax after a hectic year. Perhaps there’s even an adventure planned. If you’re in Switzerland for the summer, or off elsewhere, we have great ideas on how to have a summer adventure. Have you ever wondered what Iceland or Amsterdam are…

April 2015: Growing

This month, spring, the season of growth, is beginning to flourish. Plants are waking up from winter dormancy, and the flowers that signal spring – primroses, forsythia, tulip magnolias – have appeared in the landscape. The spring growth can bring feelings of joy, as we anticipate warmer days, sunshine, and perhaps fresh vegetables from our…

February 2015: Riding Emotional Waves

Parenting is one of the wildest rides you will have the pleasure of experiencing in this lifetime. It can feel exhilarating, joyous, depressive, happy, frustrating, gleeful, stressful, angry, laughable and scream-able, often within the space of a few minutes. So how do we gracefully surf these waves of emotions and keep our sanity? The Mothering…

December 2014: Traditions

Traditions are a shared expression of culture that may be observed within a family, a society or a country. As migrants and expatriates from other lands, we bring a range of customs with us; naturally they are an important part of our identity that we want to pass down to our children. Yet in our…

October 2014: Motherhood

Motherhood is a divine emotion, an incomparable feeling. It is also the hardest and most important job. It is the most challenging and most rewarding experience. In our October Issue we celebrate those who with love and dedication navigate the difficult journey of mothering and hope to offer important information and a fresh perspective on…

August 2014: Back to School

Brush that sand out of your shoes and put your holiday photos to the side. It’s back to school, back to work and back to our own routines. In this issue we take a look at how we can make the best of the new school year and how we can help our children, from…

June 2014: The Birds and the Bees

Is sex a “three letter word”? It would seem so! There are so many taboos and embarrassing issues when dealing with the topic, even though it’s a normal and natural part of life. This month we share ways parents can approach sex education for children of all ages, from the little ones to the teens.…

April 2014: Transport and Travel

We in the Western world are so very mobile today, and probably most of you who read Mothering Matters have likely come a considerable way from your home country in order to live in Switzerland. Air travel is amazing but can also be stressful when it involves energetic, emotional little darlings with or without delays.…

February 2014: Across Cultures

Defining Swiss culture is not an easy task. This tiny jewel of a nation is vibrant, diverse, high tech, yet traditional. The four languages, a central European location, the stunning landscapes and healthy economy beckon newcomers to experience a different way of life here. How do we as expats fit into our adopted land, and…