Over the past ten years, The Mother magazine has broken new ground in the developing holistic parent market: publishing cutting-edge articles written by passionate and experienced contributors, and read in over 40 countries worldwide. Every aspect of natural parenting is explored, from conscious conception, peaceful pregnancy, gentle childbirth, full term breastfeeding, natural immunity, attachment parenting and the first few years of childhood, through to education, parenting teenagers and parenting one's self.
- Attachment Parenting
- The Continuum Concept
- Natural Immunity
- Vaccine Awareness
- Natural Birth
- Human Scale Education
Recognising the cycles within the female body allows us to take responsibility for our reproductive health. The health of our unborn children is determined by the health and well-being of both parents in the two years before conception.
It is vital for both parents to take full responsibility for pre-conception care. This involves cleansing the internal environment of the body and removing toxins from the home and work environments. Our emotional, mental and spiritual health are of equal importance in preparing for conception. Inviting a soul to join a family is an act best undertaken with reverence. At The Mother we recognise that conception begins long before sperm and egg unite. Conception begins with conscious intention. To be clear in our decision to welcome a soul Earthside, it is important to know ourselves intimately and embrace our whole being with self-love. This is the foundation of what it means to consciously conceive. We can never truly love another unconditionally unless we are able to love ourselves. It is here, before conception, that we find the blueprint for our parenting. Learning to parent ourselves is key.
Our mother's womb is our first physical home. The Mother magazine's vision is for every pregnancy to be a wanted pregnancy and for mothers to be nurtured and cherished in this most important of jobs. Growing a baby is physical, emotional, mental and spiritual ~ and all aspects work together when creating human life. Our primal environment shapes us for life.
Conscious and ecstatic birthing
At The Mother we don't wish to perpetuate the belief that 'birth is painful or dangerous', but rather, that birth can be beautiful, ecstatic and indeed, orgasmic ~ just as nature intended.
All the evidence ~ anthropological, neuro-biological, physical, and psychological ~ indicates that full-term breastfeeding (and child-led weaning) is the optimum for our children. Our articles aim to dispel the common myths which get in the way of successful and sustained breastfeeding.
In arms phase & co-sleeping
Honouring our babies and children through carrying them in a sling, and shared sleep (family bed), is a fundamental aspect of The Mother magazine's holistic, attachment parenting philosophy.
Our articles aim to reflect the importance of family as the basis of society. We do this by prioritising how we care for our children. This includes nurturing each other through face to face, real life, loving relationships, and providing a constant mother-figure during the child's early years. We encourage parents to read their child's cues from birth, throughout childhood.
By working with the body and its innate ability to maintain vibrant health, we support the immune system with natural whole-foods and lifestyle choices, and, if necessary, complementing with natural therapies. Vaccine awareness is encouraged.
We recognise that tvs, dvds, computers and mobile phones are commonplace in modern society. At The Mother we encourage awareness of the issues around tv/computer use for parents planning to conceive, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and for children, both at home and in school. This is best done by avoiding or minimising their use, especially for young children, and by providing clear boundaries for older children.
We encourage deliberately conscious and aware consumerism. This means avoiding unnecessary consumption and disposable products where at all possible.
Toys ~ for our children's toys and teething rings, we avoid anything toxic and environmentally unfriendly, such as plastic, and provide natural products, either directly from our gardens or by using wood, hemp, etc.
Cleaning products ~ in the home we encourage the use of cleaning products which don't contain toxins. For example: lemon, vinegar.
Body and hair care ~ we encourage the use of DIY body and hair cleansers, and eco and body-friendly cleaning products.
We value and recognise that children learn best in informal, child-led situations. In human-scale schools, small groups facilitated by conscious and love-centred adults provide optimal education. Our articles reflect the value of small schools, forest schools and home education.
At times most of us compromise the optimum, both in terms of parenting, and life in general. We encourage taking responsibility for the outcomes of our choices, actions and inaction.
By spending as much time in nature as possible we can connect with our true sense of who we really are. This is vital for all human beings, but particularly so for our children and those whose day to day lives are devoid of trees, grass, water, stars, sun and moonlight, birdsong, insects and animals.