A Fresh Start for Mothering Matters

1 January 2013 Sound the bells; we have arrived! It’s 2013, and the first online issue of Mothering Matters is here! This new year will bring novel ideas, options and attitudes. It’s a good time for our website’s fresh start. Yvette Merzbacher’s piece tells the story of how we came to be. If you are…

Stopping Breastfeeding

Very rarely, a mother is forced to stop breastfeeding her child. This may be due to a critical illness with the baby or herself. Stopping breastfeeding in a crisis situation can be a time of great sadness and distress.  Breastfeeding is part of a woman’s cycle which follows conception, pregnancy and childbirth, so abrupt weaning…

Introducing Teen City Blog

Welcome to the Teen City blog!   The theme of the first magazine, “A Fresh Start”,  is very apt for me as I’ve never written a blog before!   Articles, letters, songs, reports  – yes – but never a blog.   However as a mum of two teenagers (plus a seven-year-old to add to the mix),  I do feel…

Apple Pot Pies

I love pie. I love apple pie. I even love making apple pie. But to make it just how I like it, it takes a long time. Over the years, I’ve painstakingly fine-tuned my own version into a long, complicated process that only I can appreciate. No one else cares. Everyone else just wants dessert,…

Jokes

How did the octopus couple walk down the road? Arm in arm, in arm, in arm, in arm, in arm, in arm, in arm, in arm. Michele, aged 8, Meyrin GE ___________________________________________________________________________________________ How did the Vikings send messages? By Norse code. Why was the glow-worm unhappy? Her children weren’t very bright. Nico, aged 9, Bellinzona…

An Ending and a New Beginning

 There is nothing more exciting, beautiful and sometimes frightening than experiencing the beginning of something new to us. It could be a new stage in our life, moving to another country, the first working day of our new job, the opening of our new business, the birth of our first child or even the publication…

A New Start

Family strategies: a new school in a new country Parents who move to Switzerland have to channel their drive, ambition and talent into working abroad and establishing a home for the children. We want our children to cope well with change, to learn how to overcome setbacks, and to feel positive about our decisions. But…

Is Fresh Food Best Even in Winter?

Fresh food is best – it seems obvious. It is best for both taste and nutrition. Though what does “fresh” really mean, when it comes to fruits and vegetables? To be truly fresh, produce should be eaten within a couple of days of harvesting. Yet fresh isn’t always as fresh as we might think. The…