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Make Believe

on December 13th, 2011 at 6:21:29 PM is critical to children's expression of strong feellings such as anger and fear. Play offers children opportunities to reflect on their experiences and to explore possible future scenarios... read more of my review of Dr. Susan Linn's book The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World.

Gift-Giving: You Won't Find This in a Store

on December 5th, 2011 at 4:43:57 PM

Here are some out-of-the-box ideas on gift giving from our staff and volunteers...

Please share your own ideas by posting a comment (comments are moderated so there will be a delay before they appear).


Fostering Appreciation In Children

on November 20th, 2011 at 8:58:58 PM

From long-time editor and writer Nelia Odom: Fostering Appreciation in Children

Outdoor adventures

on November 15th, 2011 at 3:32:00 PM

Two additions to our website:

We're Going to the Swamp--NOW! by Cathy Myers (FAHN's executive director)


Motherhood and Advocacy, Complementary Roles

About an at-home mother and the enduring gift she gave to wildlife and people.

Grand Passion

on November 2nd, 2011 at 3:10:31 PM

From the Welcome Home archives, "Grand Passion" by Wendy O'Connor

Stealing Home

on October 22nd, 2011 at 2:57:02 PM

"In the beginning, he was nervous and unsure -- afraid of making a mistake. The brand-new gym shorts and T-shirt bore no telltale signs of an athlete. No Gatorade stains, no frayed seams, no unmistakable “I’ve done my workout” aroma. To be honest, he just didn’t look like he belonged in the middle of a ball field..."

Read more of Donna DeSoto's article "Stealing Home."


on October 20th, 2011 at 4:40:55 PM

"As we strolled through the doors of our local Hallmark store, my nine month old daughter Carolyn burst into tears.  Ghoulish rubber masks – bloody monsters and faces contorted in panic or screaming in horror -- lined both sides of the aisle at stroller height.  I made a quick 90 degree turn..."

Read more of Kirsty Mackintosh's article "A Scary Holiday".

Toddlers and babies

on October 12th, 2011 at 7:12:42 PM

Here's an article especially for those of you with young children (and for those who like to remember those days)…

Brushstrokes by Marybeth Connelly

Support Groups for Moms and Dads

on October 12th, 2011 at 4:20:08 AM

New content on our website: several great articles about support groups and a resource page with links to organizations that offer local support groups:

From Support Groups for Moms: "...mothers who get together regularly with other mothers to learn, work, and play are succeeding at creating for themselves a healthy social context in which they can grow as individuals while their mothering abilities flourish."

Read about some of the many ways moms find support: in informal groups, in large organizations with many planned activities, while taking turns watching the kids so moms can go for a swim, for "moms only" dinners socializing -- What Is A Mothering Support Group

Learn how others got connected: How to Find (Or Start) A Mother's Support Group

And on our resource page, find national organizations that offer local support groups: Parent Support Groups

Do you have a story to share with us? Comments or questions? There are a couple of different ways to contact us: Use the "Feedback" tab on the left side of the page, or send an email to or submit a comment at the end of one of the articles.


on April 19th, 2011 at 1:49:55 PM

The word "home" is often associated with warm and fuzzy feelings... but what about the work involved? How do you feel about that? How do you think about it? Here are two of our favorite "home" articles:

Keeping House by Nelia Odom

Am I the Manager or the Maid? by Janet Dittmer