The new Mama Mag
5 1/2 years ago when I was expecting baby number 1, I was ravenous to learn about birth, nursing and motherhood. I was turned on to Mothering magazine by my midwives ( I am still forever grateful for their sage wisdom). I kept my subscription for 2 years. At that time some of the articles were feeling a bit stale to me and not necessarily relevant to my situation. I was ready for a change. About the same time I became pregnant with second daughter and reading anything was thrown out of the window. My mind was mush.
Fast forward a few years. I am getting pretty comfortable with my place as mama and I feel I can take on a little side read now and again. I've picked up Cookie which is a nice change to the typical parent mag layout, but really I can't relate to buying couture clothes for my children or redecorating their room in the latest post modern fashion, much less dress myself like a runway model to hit the coffee shop. A recent article on MothersMovement.org called out such reads as "parentbling".
I can think of many other magazines to fit under this category. And I must admit, I have enjoyed flipping through the ad filled pages of Parenting and the likes of other gifted subscritions as a substitute for television while I nursed and tried to make it through the day. I must also admit that at times I actually enjoyed it. I found it interesting to see what parenting in America was "suppose" to be like. I think it helped me relate, or not, to other mamas at times.
Today, my friend turned me on to a new magazine called Wondertime. I haven't had a chance to take it in too much yet, but it looks like a more down to earth sort of read. The website links to a stay-at-home-dad blog and a mama turned eco-blogger along with ideas on how to celebrate spring and debates on when to buy organic. I am intigued. Could this be the right combination of intellect and eye candy?
I have to thank Mothering for the years of compassionate parenting information that I gained. It is still one of my favorite magazines and I would recommend it to all new and seasoned parents. But for those who are looking for a bit of light reading along with entertainment to comlipent their parenting intellect which new Mama mag should a mama grab? What do you enjoy about the magazines you read?