What “Celebrating Together” Means

In many cultures there are community festivals at this time of year to brighten up the darkening days and symbolise the lightening of our moods through dressing up, eating and drinking together. The wonderful range of cultures in the international community in Switzerland make for a great number of celebrations to attend, either to share…

The Power of Motherhood – a Midwife’s Story

Not having children of my own has been both my heaviest burden and my greatest gift. We don’t often think about what “mothering” means until the opportunity to be one is lost. We don’t consider that it is possible to be a mother without bearing children of our own. But it is. Mothering is deeply…

Building an Exercise Routine as a Mom (or Mom-to-Be)

Pregnant, just had your precious baby or already mom for a couple of years? We at least have one thing in common: we are busy! If you are working professionally, a stay-at-home mom or “just” busy with friends, family and social life, the early years of motherhood are hectic, busy, and sometimes exhausting. And still,…

A Traditional Italian Christmas Meal

If you plan to visit Italy around Christmas, everywhere you go you will encounter Panettone, the sweet bread loaf that traditionally comes with raisins, but nowadays is found also with candied fruit or chocolate chips. Despite being sold in shops across Europe all year long, Panettone is indeed “the” distinctive sweet eaten by Italians at…

Helping Out: Days for Girls

Living in a developed country like Switzerland, we take a lot of things for granted: clean water, education, and free time, to name a few. But one thing we rarely discuss is feminine hygiene, which affects millions of women and girls around the world every month. Over the past two years, I’ve learned quite a…

Relationship Friction Among Girls: What Parents Can Do

I’m sitting there facilitating a Girl Power group of fifth and sixth graders, and listening to the girls talk about the problems they have with friends. Mary*, a sweet 11-year-old, says that when she started in school, the other girls ignored her because she was German. She describes how they wouldn’t talk to her, and…

Personality and Relationships

Suppose it is so that people differ in temperament and that therefore their behavior is just as inborn as their body build. Then we do violence to others when we assume such differences to be flaws and afflictions.  David Keirsey In my early 20s, I was a waitress for a while. One of my co-workers…

Running the Baby Marathon

There weren’t too many days over the past 10 years when I didn’t consider a future without a baby. It was a fearful thought. The news of the arrival of a friend’s new baby was always accompanied by conflicting feelings of happiness and a guilty self-pitying ache. We spent years trying for a baby before…

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…