Paper Birds Craft

These colorful paper birds will be a beautiful reminder of the summer mornings and a lovely decoration for your windows, door knobs or flower pots. Of course, you can also make them in seasonal colors for autumn or for the winter holidays. What you need: Coloured paper or thin cardboard Stapler Scissors Ribbon What to…

August 2017: Mixed Bag

Mixed Bag is the topic for our August / September issue – dip your hand in and surprise yourself with what you pull out! It may be a great recipe for Romanian Dumpling Soup or Teriyaki Skewers. You might find yourself more informed about E-cigarettes or learn how to make an accordion photo album. Perhaps…

Breastfeeding and Daycare

No Need to Stop Breastfeeding When Baby Goes to Daycare Many mothers are asked to return to work only a few weeks after giving birth and, naturally, they are concerned about the compatibility of breastfeeding and employment. The truth is, returning to work need not be a reason to stop breastfeeding – even mothers of…

Interview with Scarlett Rollinson, Child Author

Scarlett Rollinson, then aged six, received the third place prize in the age-6-to-8 category for Mothering Matters – Switzerland’s 2014 Autumn Writing Contest. Scarlett, who lives in canton Zurich, has now written a novel. She felt inspired after doing well in the contest and so continued to write. Mothering Matters interviewed Scarlett via email to ask her…

Emergency: Which Number to Call?

Whether you’re a newcomer to Switzerland or you’ve been here for a while, do you know the number to call for an ambulance if you have a medical emergency? When I’m delivering First Aid training, I’m surprised to discover how many people don’t. And I must say that I myself have trouble remembering all of…

Memoirs Are Forever

I’m writing my memoirs for my son. I’m getting it all down: relevant childhood, teenage and adult anecdotes, as well as learnings and observations. I don’t plan to hand it over for at least six years, and it will probably be a work in progress for the duration. I’ll err on the side of indulgence…

Accordion Photo Album

Now that the summer holiday is over, there is a wonderful way to remember those long summer days: create a small photo album for the poetic sunset, a joyful playday by the lake, and family gatherings. What we need: I used square blank cards (it’s easier as they are already cut and folded), but you…

Pet Bunny: Do I or Don’t I?

I’m talking bunnies. A cute little white one with a light brown patch on its back and a light brown one with a little white mark on its crown. Both very fluffy and the white one even has bright pink ears from all this heat. My girls really, really want bunnies. And when I asked…

Pregnancy Loss – An Expat’s Perspective

The loss of a baby, however it occurs, is just a horrible thing to experience, as I can, unfortunately, personally attest. Last year my baby boy, who was diagnosed with a heart condition in utero, was “born sleeping” (I’m not a fan of the term “stillborn”) at around six months into my pregnancy, and I…