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Mothering Matters - Parenting in Switzerland

Happy New Year one and all!

The new Mothering Matters (Switzerland) has launched online - www.motheringmatters.ch.

There are four articles and nine columns to read with gorgeous illustrations and photos. A few highlights: Apple Pot Pie recipe, Blossom Tree craft activity, Teen City blog, Fathering Column, New Year’s Resolutions, Education Matters, Kids by Kids (jokes, artwork), Out & About (a sleigh ride), What’s On and more.

Registration and subscription is free. Classified advertising is free and other ads are inexpensive. For more details on advertising email: advertising@motheringmatters.ch

To send in your child’s artwork, puzzles or jokes: contact@motheringmatters.ch

Since 1994, Mothering Matters has been providing parenting information to the English-speaking families in Switzerland. The digital version remains not-for-profit and is run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Advertising and sponsorship contribute to the running costs and charitable organisations Mothering Matters supports. www.motheringmatters.ch

You'll find us on Facebook under Mothering Matters Switzerland: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Mothering-Matters-Switzerland/561704963856151?fref=ts
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Playgroup Listing for Mothering Matters

Hi All
Mothering Matters is now online - www.motheringmatters.ch

Currently we are updating our list of playgroups from all over Switzerland. If you are a member or coordinator of a playgroup, would you kindly PM me these details listed below? Or you can go to the website and email the details from the there.

Name of playgroup
Address of playgroup
Day and time
Name of contact person
Email address
Phone number (if applicable)
Web address (if applicable)
Cost
Brief description of playgroup

Any questions, please feel free to email me.

Thank you and best regards
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Since 1994, Mothering Matters has been providing parenting information to the English-speaking families in Switzerland. Mothering Matters emerged from the La Leche League as a newsletter, and quickly grew to become a print journal for a wider audience. Mothering Matters is run by a team of volunteers and remains not-for-profit; advertising and sponsorship contribute to the running costs and charitable organisations it supports.
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Dealing with divorce in Switz, fertility challenges...

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen

Mothering Matters journal has been supporting English- speaking parents in Switzerland since 1994. It is not-for-profit and is produced by volunteers.

The current issue of Mothering Matters – Switzerland www.motheringmatters.ch is now online with the theme of 'Getting Through'.


You will find ways of dealing with:
  • The loneliness of the expat
  • The loss of a child
  • A Swiss divorce
  • Fertility challenges
  • Childhood allergy issues
  • Swiss schools
  • Depression
  • Talking to your daughters about growing up
Plus, take a trip to Bellinzona, do a 3Dcraft, create a quick and delicious veggie soup and more.


Subscription to Mothering Matters is free, you can subscribe through the home page. You will then receive occasional updates when new content is online. Or like us on Facebook under 'Mothering Matters - Switzerland' to keep in touch with the current articles.


If you have any questions, please feel freeto send me a message to this email address.


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For parents of babies / toddlers / teens

Good Afternoon



Parents of babies and young children or those expecting a child will find some interesting reading in the latest issue of MotheringMatters – Switzerland.



In Project Mummy, Melissa, our newest columnist, shares her thoughts on pregnancy and childbirth while at the very end of her pregnancy:



http://motheringmatters.ch/columns/project-mummy/



In the Twinville column, Didi and the twins have been getting out and about:



http://motheringmatters.ch/columns/twinville/



The La Leche League column, written by Beth, shows that breastfeeding and the Great Outdoors are compatible:



http://motheringmatters.ch/columns/lll-pages/



However if you have teens, or are just wondering what might be in store for you, read Heidi’s column, Teen City:



http://motheringmatters.ch/columns/familyteen-blog/



We’re also on Facebook. Like us to receive occasional updates:



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Enjoy the warm weather !



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Mothering Matters - Parenting in Switzerland

Good Morning
For those of us who are trying to encourage our kids to write in English, here is a storywriting contest, with prizes, that might motivate them!

The online journal, Mothering Matters Switzerland, is sponsoring a writing contest for kids. The theme is An Amazing Summer Day. Writers should tell about a special day during the summer holidays and include either a drawing or a photo. The story, written in English, can be fiction or non-fiction. There will be two categories: ages 6-8 and ages 9-12.

The story should have no more than 700 words. Judges are looking for creative yet logical narratives.

The following prizes, generously provided by Orell Füssli, will be awarded in each group:

◾First place: gift certificate for 50 Sfr. from Orell Füssli
◾Second place: gift certificate for 40 Sfr. from Orell Füssli
◾Third place: gift certificate for 30 Sfr. from Orell Füssli

Handwritten submissions need to reach us by 6 September.

Details are on the Mothering Matters Website: www.motheringmatters.ch
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Re: Encouraging writing in English - story contest.

So at least the lower age category is only aimed at kids in international schools? Kids (native English speakers or otherwise) don't learn to read or write until they are 7 if they go to local school so that kind of excludes them from this competition, no?
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So at least the lower age category is only aimed at kids in international schools? Kids (native English speakers or otherwise) don't learn to read or write until they are 7 if they go to local school so that kind of excludes them from this competition, no?
No, it's not just for kids who go to international schools but they might find it easier to do.

My kids go to local school but they learnt to read and write in English at home while in KG. But they wouldn't have been skilled enough to write a story at 6 yrs. At 7 yrs they would have and it would have been simple and read like the story of a small child, which is how it should be!

Quite a few kids I know who go to school in the local system have been to reading / writing courses or learnt at home from ages 4, 5, 6.
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I don't think it is excluding all English speaking kids who go to local schools, many kids can read in english without being taught at school. My youngest daughter, who is 7 has been reading in English since she was 4, and writes stories in English. Some of her spellings are a little "german" but overall I think she does quite well.
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Some of her spellings are a little "german" but overall I think she does quite well.
The dreaded spelling! Even kids (and many adults) who speak only English have trouble with spelling. Spelling is one aspect of German that's actually not too hard!
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Yep. In the same way that kids in International Schools are excluded from the German writing competitions.

It's an English writing competition. Of course that excludes non-English speakers.

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The dreaded spelling! Even kids (and many adults) who speak only English have trouble with spelling...
English or US spelling?
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[QUOTE= English or US spelling? [/QUOTE]

That's actually a good question!

The spelling of the articles in Mothering Matters is determined by the nationality of the writer. If it's an American, then that's the spelling used and the same if a Brit writes the story. They even let me write sometimes and I'm Australian.

So we'll accept the range of spelling for the writing contest too.
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How about a category for the over thirties? I quite fancy a go myself!
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So they accept submissions in wax crayon? That's good to know.

It looks like a great opportunity for young writers. I'll certainly be passing this information on.
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For adults - try this one http://www.interactreading.org/conte...ition-20132014
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Good Morning
For those of us who are trying to encourage our kids to write in English, here is a storywriting contest, with prizes, that might motivate them!

The online journal, Mothering Matters Switzerland, is sponsoring a writing contest for kids. The theme is An Amazing Summer Day. Writers should tell about a special day during the summer holidays and include either a drawing or a photo. The story, written in English, can be fiction or non-fiction. There will be two categories: ages 6-8 and ages 9-12.

The story should have no more than 700 words. Judges are looking for creative yet logical narratives.

The following prizes, generously provided by Orell Füssli, will be awarded in each group:

◾First place: gift certificate for 50 Sfr. from Orell Füssli
◾Second place: gift certificate for 40 Sfr. from Orell Füssli
◾Third place: gift certificate for 30 Sfr. from Orell Füssli

Handwritten submissions need to reach us by 6 September.

Details are on the Mothering Matters Website: www.motheringmatters.ch
Best regards
Andrea

FYI- Mothering Matters Journal is not-for-profit and has been providing parenting information for English-speaking families since 1994.

Mothering Matters had a great response to the writing contest. The winners have been announced on our website. This link should get you there.

Congratulations to all entrants. The judges were impressed at the standard of entries. There were entries from children in local schools, international schools and bilingual schools. The winners' stories will be uploaded to the Mothering Matters' website in the next couple of weeks.

In Spring we'll have a poetry contest, so tell the kids to get rhyming!

Best regards
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Literacy theme on Mothering Matters - Switzerland

Reading is such bliss, such food for the mind and soul and such an amazing and simple pastime for us and for our children... Find out about the newest trends in literacy and e-reading, check out our readers’ favorite children’s books, and learn about the benefits of English reading classes for your kids in this issue of Mothering Matters.





Plus: Our regular columns will inspire your creativity: make scented playdough and cook delicious vege burgers. Be informed about eye health and breastfeeding. Our regular columnists haven't forgotten the parents of babies, twins and teens either. And, it's hiking weather! So get the family moving (and reading) out on the hiking trail.

And not forgetting education, expat life and more, but you may have the pleasure of discovering this all for yourself!

Please remember to like Mothering Matters- Switzerland on Facebook to receive occasional updates... tell your friends too!

FYI- Mothering Matters - Switzerland started life in 1994 in the old-fashioned way, on paper. Since 1 January, 2013, the journal has been online. Mothering Matters is not-for-profit and is produced by a team of dedicated volunteers.




Illustrations by Mothering Matters regular illustrators Albina (top) and Laura (below).

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Mothering Matters had a great response to the writing contest. The winners have been announced on our website. This link should get you there.

Congratulations to all entrants. The judges were impressed at the standard of entries. There were entries from children in local schools, international schools and bilingual schools. The winners' stories will be uploaded to the Mothering Matters' website in the next couple of weeks.

In Spring we'll have a poetry contest, so tell the kids to get rhyming!

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The winning stories have now been uploaded to the Mothering Matters website. This is the link to one of the winning stories and then you'll be able to follow the links to the others too.

They are lovely stories scanned from the original handwritten entries and accompanied by the drawings and photos that the children sent.

Below is one of the gorgeous pictures from a contest winner, Jasmina.

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Autumn craft activity

The latest craft activity on Mothering Matters - Switzerland is making delightful and seasonal mini pumpkin pots. There are also other craft activities to do.

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FYI- Mothering Matters Journal has been informing the English speaking parents of Switzerland since 1994. It is not-for-profit.
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Delicious Vege Burger

This one has quinoa as the burger's base & tastes delicious. It's in the latest issue of Mothering Matters - Switzerland where there are other recipes too, from previous months.

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FYI - Mothering Matters journal has been informing the English-speaking parents of Switzerland since 1994. It remains not-for-profit.

Let me know what you think about the recipe. From my experience, I think it'd be good if you had one of those burger shaping forms. I didn't and it went a bit scrambled! Not every one though and it still tasted great.
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