From the editor…
I love it when I’m putting an issue together and connections happen. Sometimes they’re planned, sometimes it’s synchronicity, when a column or a book that comes in links with a feature.
In this issue, we have some wonderful links. First of all, play. In our My Life My Way interview, Michael Rosen talks about what he means by play and why it is important for us all. This connects perfectly with Rob Hopkins’ new book From What Is to What If, reviewed on page 70. Hopkins writes that we all need to play more to fire up our imaginations, which will allow us to create the best way out of our current climate crisis. This also links to our Family Time feature, about how families are getting involved in climate activism.
Another theme that developed is matrescence. Eleanor Copp writes about this in her column on page 21, and this dovetails so well with what Clare Cooper says about motherhood on page 59: “As mothers to our first babies, we are as new to mothering as our babies are to the world; and as our babies face a journey of intense learning, growth and development, we as mothers walk a parallel path of transformation rich with milestones of our own.” Both Clare and Eleanor write about how we can support mothers in this change, as does Amy Brown, who urges us to stand up for mothers who struggle with breastfeeding, because breastfeeding is about so much more than milk.
Finally, it’s midwinter, and so we all need a bit of cosiness and hygge. Turn to page 27 to find out how Anna Squires brings this into her parenting. Or feel comforted by chocolate recipes or by making upcycled crackers. Maybe it’s time to put on your favourite comfy clothes, settle down with a herbal tea inspired by the Sensory Herbalism column, and have a quiet read of JUNO.
Whatever comforts you this midwinter, I hope you find some time to be still and to rejuvenate.
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