Sunday, January 28, 2007

Magazines and more Magazines-- for Parents

I love magazines. Correction, the hubby and I love magazines. We have piles and piles of magazines in our house and I've actually cut back on the subscriptions that we used to get.

It just dawned on me that I no longer read parenting magazines anymore. When my first child was born, I subscribed to Parents and American Baby. By the time the third child came along (born at home), I was digging into Mothering magazine instead.

Last week, while waiting for my teenager to get his hair trimmed, I thumbed through a couple of different parenting magazines. I remembered the days of trying to get some sleep throughout the night, the huge diaper bag filled with everything under the sun and the countless days of playing "Hunt for the Binky." I can remember turning to my parenting magazines to help me get through the ups and downs of motherhood.

I find myself on "the other side" as I guide some of my friends through their mothering days with their first babies. These are the gals who have finally become mothers late in life. And just as I did years ago, I see the same parenting magazines lying on their coffee tables.

12 comments:

Tiffani said...

Hi...I, too, am a magazine junkie. And my daughter is deaf. She's had a cochlear implant for three years and is doing great. She'll start kindergarten in the fall. I found you on MyBlogLog, by the way.

Hope you are well.

oreneta said...

I have been lurking for a bit, and really like your blog...I was compelled to give my vote for Mothering magazine too. I have also outgrown parenting mags, but if I was to continue to read one, it would be Mothering.

groovyoldlady said...

I used to DEVOUR the parenting mags. However, after four kids I finally realized that they run variations of the same articles over and over and over and over and over. So do the women's mags (Here're some great recipes and here's why you can't eat them if you want to lose weight!), so I got tired of them. Now I get Discipleship Journal and an occasional Reader's Digest. Those are about it for me.

Jerry Grasso said...

MyBlogLog user here too! Karen: Thanks for visiting my site. I'm in public relations for a living...so yes, I too, like Magazines...but have found I get less now than before..because I just buy the subscription online.

However, certain mags, like National Geographic, you just are never going to replace the feel and touch by clicking on a cursor....
Cheers - Jerry

Karen said...

Groovy, you're right, I'm tired of seeing the same old articles over and over. I like the fresh stuff-- the real life stories and unique information that isn't found in every other mag.

Karen said...

Speaking of National Geographic, that's one magazine pile that the hubby refuses to get rid of.

Lantana said...

Hello Again, Karen. I really do enjoy your blog entries and wanted to make a teeny comment from an "old timer".

I raised my 5 kids via Dr. Spock! I don't know what I would have done without him. And there was nothing in there for moms with "disabilities". It was cold turkey for me all the way!

krystyna said...

Thanks for this info about Magazines for parents. I am going to subscribe. I am grandma, so for me and my child -parents.

Heather said...

Hi Karen,

I too really enjoy your blog and have been reading for quite awhile. You have such a strong and clear voice, yet there is a heavy dose of compassion behind your words.

I'm mom to Ethan, 18 months old, born deaf, now has a cochlear implant. I love magazines and books on parenting, but I haven't heard of Mothering. I'm a first timer and really have my hands full with my little guy.

Best wishes and stay warm!

Heather
http://ethan-charles.blogspot.com/

Karen said...

Lantana,

Hmmm, maybe you ought to write a book about parenting with "disabilities?"

Karen said...

Heather,
Thank you for your kind compliment. I do enjoy writing this blog.

Come on over to Hands & Voices (www.handsandvoices.org) and introduce yourself to other parents on our bulletin board. :)

Anonymous said...

Have you read "Brain, Child"? It's a literary mag about mothering; love it. Also love "WonderTime," kind of a hybrid between literary and straight parenting. The subtitle is something like "exploring your child's love of learning." Anyway, the writing is good and the topics covered can be surprising. No matter if you feel you "need" to subscribe to them; I bet they would love to publish YOU. You rock, Karen!

Juliet