Parents Magazine: Friend or Foe?
I have a love/hate relationship with Parents magazine.
After my first child was born I began receiving this magazine for free because someone had “gifted” me a subscription. No one ever fessed up to giving this to me and once I saw that a year subscription was only $7 I figured they must “gift” all new moms this magazine to get you hooked.
Well it worked. I have never been one to cut out articles but this magazine compelled me to. I was cutting out (and actually making) recipes and finding the advice incredibly helpful. As a new mom, I felt that it was giving me amazing insight on how to handle my upcoming years in motherhood.
Fast forward three years and one set of twins later. The magazine still comes every month, but my time to read it is less and less. So it would arrive in the mail and sit on my counter for a month until I put it in the magazine rack for some magical time when I have hours and hours of spare time to read them all and catch up.
This past summer, things were a little crazy in our house. The kids were out of school and seemed to have somehow formed an alliance against me with the goal of driving me insane. Never underestimate the leadership skills of a four-year-old. They were a well-oiled machine. Seamlessly taking turns throwing tantrums, two on, one off (I’m sure they figured they could hold out a lot longer if one of them was always resting). Making sure to like a meal one night but refuse it the next night just to keep me guessing.
And then my Parent’s magazine arrived. And on the cover the title of an article read “3 No-Fail Discipline Tricks.” No Fail? Really? You’re going to tell me there is no possible way this will fail?
I am pretty sure I threw the issue straight into the trash. I was in no mood to read an article about 3 “no-fail” solutions to the anarchy in the house. I felt like if I even read the article I would know the 3 ways I was failing at parenthood (I hadn’t yet learned about Unicorn Mothers).
But school has begun again and the troops have backed off. I’ve gained some ground back. And this month when Parents magazine arrived, I read it. I found new dinner ideas, tips on low-budget Halloween costumes and made sure I didn’t recognize any of the recalled items. And I remembered how much I loved it.
P.S. Anyone happen to hold on to their June issue? I might want to read it just in case the troops are planning another attack.