I don’t think I’ve actually ever bought a parenting magazine myself but I have read them. The first one I got my mits on was probably in the free Eumom gift bag when I was pregnant with Aidan. I’ve subsequently picked them up now and again in the doctor’s waiting room and, no disrespect, but a lot of the content is similar in them all.
For research purposes I did a Google image search of parenting magazine covers and a whole lot of common headlines came up. How to get your baby to sleep through the night, how to stop sibling rivalry, how to get your fussy eater to eat anything and so on and so forth.
So I thought, what if I were to write for a parenting magazine? After four years of being a mammy, what if I were to publish my ‘expert’ knowledge in my very own mag?
Don’t worry, I’m not getting notions. I’m not setting up a parenting magazine. The circulation would be dire but if I did here’s an idea of what the stories behind the headlines would.
How to stop sibling rivalry
Simple. Don’t have more than one child. If you’ve ploughed ahead and had two or more there is no way to stop sibling rivalry.
How to plan the best birthday party ever
Ring play centre. Book party. Go to party. Come home to a house that’s not trashed.
How to get five minutes to yourself
Make coffee. Grab a Twix. Go to the jacks. Lock the door. Put toilet sit lid down. Sit on it. Drink coffee and eat Twix for five minutes.
How to get your toddler to eat anything
How to keep your child amused on long car journeys
Give child your smartphone
How to know if you’ve gone in to labour
Trust me, you’ll know!
The myth of the terrible twos.
Three is worse. Way worse.
Keep you child happy anywhere
See above advice on how to keep child happy on long car journeys
How to be a stress free mammy
Drink … (insert name of alcoholic beverage of choice here!)
Well, would you buy it?!
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