Mothering Matters – Switzerland is celebrating five years online, but in total our magazine is 24 years old, having begun in 1994. In “those days,” the Internet wasn’t used as much, and a printed journal with useful articles for families in Switzerland was very welcome. In 2012 we started working on publishing Mothering Matters solely as an online resource and in January 2013 our website was launched. In that time we’ve grown and gained more readers, but guess what? Now you’re reading the final issue of Mothering Matters – Switzerland! But don’t be shocked; actually we aren’t really going anywhere. In February, 2018 we’ll be relaunching as Family Matters – Switzerland with a new look, new address and new logo but with the same informative articles. It’s all very exciting! Please check our Facebook or Instagram pages for the details, plus this website will still be online for a while to come. Looking forward to again having you on board for the next stage of the journey.
At this stage it must be mentioned how or rather by whom Mothering Matters is created. It’s made by a group of committed people who put each issue together with love, effort and enthusiasm. Usually there are 20 to 30 individuals writing, editing, illustrating, administrating and more to get each issue out. We are all unpaid: we do it because we believe in it and we know we’re providing support and valuable information for families in Switzerland. Thank you to all members of the Team. You’re all wonderful, creative, motivated individuals, mwahh!
But now there is a holiday season to enjoy and a new year to usher in. Wishing you and your family all the very best as you create precious memories together over the festive season, and may 2018 be filled with love, happiness, good health and friendship.
With love from all of us at Mothering Matters – Switzerland.
Baby Baby | A Baby at Christmas – the Dream versus Reality
Crafty Kids | Salt-Dough Ornaments
Expat Corner | Let’s Begin Again
In the Kitchen | Honey Spiced Pork Roll and Roasted Carrots
La Leche League | The Greatest Gift We Can Give Our Children
Loco Parentis | Of Birthday Cakes, Christmas Day and the Longest Game of All
Out and About | Lenzerheide and the Enchanted Forest
Third Culture Matters | Moody Moments of Winter
Twinville | New Beginnings
Don’t forget to check out What’s On for December 2017 and January 2018.
Cover illustration by Laura Munteanu
December 2017 / January 2018 Issue Contributors
Issue Coordinator: Andrea Snashall
Chief Copyeditor: Carol McDonald
Webmaster / Layout Designer: Tanya Deans
Illustration Coordinator: Laura Munteanu
Column and Feature Editors: Dina El-Halaby, Liz Le Feuvre, Carol McDonald, Karin Mohler, Andrea Snashall
Writers: Valeria Camia, Maria de Conceicao Wittwer, Tammy Furey, Robyn Goss, Dina El-Halaby, Joanna Koch, Karin Mohler, Teresa Mueller, Barbara Rijntjes-Besancon, Johanna Sargeant, Monica Shah Zeeman, Shinta Simon, Karen Wilmot
Illustrators: BVisual (Beth), Maria de Conceicao Wittwer (photo), Masha Ellis, Lara Friedrich, Susana Gutierrez, Andaleeb Lilley (photos), Teresa Mueller (photos), Laura Munteanu, Albina Nogueira, Lemady Rochard, Shinta Simon (photos)
Proofreader: Andrea Snashall
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest Moderators: Andrea Snashall, Maria de Conceicao Wittwer
Advertising / Finance Coordinator: Clare Ferrari
Finance / Social Coordinator: Iliana Eichholzer
Communications: Andrea Snashall, Clare Ferrari
Logo: Suzanne Evans-Ackermann
Web Designer: Maximilian Wulf
Our next issue is appearing in February 2018. The topic will be Metamorphosis.