Caroline Brewser: Active birth changed my understanding of womanhood and my family’s birth story

It’s the birth experiences of our mothers that are most likely to shape our image of what birth will be like. And for those of us born from the 1960s onwards, the story tends to involve a woman in a hospital, subject to control by those around her, undergoing a ‘procedure’ to extract a baby as a means to an end. And the pain is recounted as the badge of honour. My mother’s story does at least have a hint of ‘feminist backlash’. One wintry Sunday night in the late 1960s, my father having been … [More...]

First International Festival of Childhood aims to start global dialogue on modern childhood

A remarkable gathering of leading thinkers, authors and early years specialists are coming together to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas about modern childhood at the first four-day International Festival of Childhood (IFC1017) that will take place in Bath on the 29th June to 2nd July 2017. The event will consist of a multi-disciplinary seminar, surrounded by inspiring, creative and playful events and activities. The Festival is the result of a collaboration between the national Save … [More...]

Upcycled Christmas: Jessica Mason shows crafty ways to reduce waste

As an environmental educator, I have worked with children and rubbish for over 10 years. I started with classroom-based work, but I found that lecturing on what we’re doing wrong and what we should be doing can get boring both for the students and for me. The waste and resource-use situation in our world can be very demoralising, especially when the big players such as industry are where change really needs to happen. Through art from waste and upcycling I find a lot more fun can be had, … [More...]

Environmentally Aware Parenting: Eco ways to stay warm this winter

The dark evenings have now set in and the nights are cooler. The temptation is to crank up the heating and hibernate in hot baths and under blankets – which is understandable, of course, but what’s it doing to the environment? The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do around your home at little or no cost to maximise heating use through the winter, whether you own your home or rent it. Let’s start with windows. Are they draughty? If you’re a homeowner, it’s worth … [More...]

OUT NOW! The Winter issue of JUNO – find out what’s inside

In the Winter issue of JUNO, Eva Fernandes shares why she believes that happiness comes from within; Vanessa Olorenshaw talks about valuing motherhood and introduces her book, ‘Liberating Motherhood: Birthing the Purplestockings Movement’; Zion Lights talks to the ‘Dude Making a Difference’, Rob Greenfield; and Francesca Cesari shares some beautiful breastfeeding photography. Nikole Verde talks about curiosity-driven home education and Jo Childs answers questions about why she started to … [More...]

Henni Tremlett talks with stepdads and their teenage boys in search of wisdom

The night before my wedding I nearly bottled it. We had been a couple for eight years and, after keeping my three older children under our joined wings for most of the time, we also now had a 3-year-old son. Still, things had been so bitter and unpleasant between my partner and the young men of the house that I called my fiancé back from the pub to say that if things didn’t ease up between the two teenage boys and him, there would be little point in going ahead with the marriage ceremony … [More...]

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