Alternatives to "Cupcake Decorating" Magazines

By , March 18, 2007 12:37 pm

It is another lovely day here in the Arizona mountains, but cold air and a winter storm are headed our way. We need to enjoy this warm weather while it lasts, so today is a great day to be outside on the deck with a cup of tea, some magazines, a pollen-filtering mask and a big bottle of Claritin. What a perfect time for that magazine post that I have been planning!

In general, I am not a fan of “mom” magazines. When I read the big-name magazines, I feel belittled, inadequate, talked down to, stupid. I dislike the “Must Have Toys” sections, obviously sponsored by major manufacturers like Fisher Price and which feature all the loud, flashy, obnoxious toys I hate. I do not spend my days wondering how to decorate the perfect cupcake or whether my little ones are following the latest trends in kiddie fashion (am I supposed to?).

For those of you looking for some alternatives, check out the following:

Wondertime (“Celebrate Your Child’s Love of Learning”): Pretty new publication, unfortunately dubbed by the New York Times at its debut as a “magazine for education-obsessed parents of the very young”. As a parent who obviously cares about education, I find this target audience description to be rather demeaning. However, I have looked at one issue of Wondertime, and it is not bad (See? I guess I AM the target audience!). There was some thoughtful content and the photography was appealing. Although it is put out by Disney Publications, I saw not one single “Disney Princess” or Baby Einstein product. Wondertime has just been nominated for an “Ellie.” If you are not ready for anything too radical, start here. This one seems a little more mainstream than the other two I suggest.

Brain Child (“The Magazine For Thinking Mothers”): I used to subscribe to this one, but it piled up unread and fell victim to my magazine subscription tidy-up. Brain Child is radically different from the traditional “Mom magazine.” Three or four years later, I still remember a fascinating article about a women’s prison and its revolutionary new child-care program. The articles are sometimes edgy, often controversial, but they do promote thought and debate.

Mothering (“Natural Family Living”): I have only looked at this one a few times. I like a lot of the ideas they promote, however I found it a little too “crunchy” for me. I felt like a disappointment as a reader since I could never live up to the “natural,” eco-friendly expectations of this magazine!

I am sure there must be other alternative magazines out there that people more “with-it” than me can recommend. Is there a cool and different parenting/mom magazine that you enjoy? If so, please leave a comment and I will add it here. Thanks and have a peaceful Sunday!

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4 Responses to “Alternatives to "Cupcake Decorating" Magazines”

  1. Anonymous says:

    HEY! It’s SUNDAY…..isn’t it supposed to be STAFF APPRECIATION SUNDAY???



  2. Mom of three says:

    Maybe the staff member selected for this week’s profile will be more cooperative tomorrow!

  3. Jen says:

    I gave up on parenting mags long ago. I think it was the “potty train your child in three ez steps” or something like that that did me in. I won’t touch ’em, even in the doctor’s office with nothing else to do but build with the tongue depressors.
    That said, I LOVE Brain, Child. It is so refreshing to read something that enterains AND works my brain. I wish it came out more often than 4x/year.

  4. Tina says:

    I love www. It’s an online magazine that caters to the needs of parents from Asia.

    I guess Asians just have a different parenting style, and different traditions and main stream parenting mags just weren’t cutting it right.

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