December 2017: Let’s Celebrate

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.


What “Celebrating Together” Means

The Power of Motherhood – a Midwife’s Story

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

A Traditional Italian Christmas Meal


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.

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