Do you read those parenting magazines? You know, like Parents, or Parenting, or the uber snobby/trendy, but ill-fated, Cookie? I used to, but now that my kids are school age, and not babies, toddlers, or preschoolers, nothing in those magazines seem to apply to me anymore. There doesn't seem to be a magazine for my parenting demographic-I wonder why that is? Occasionally, I'll wistfully look at the headlines of a Parents. Sometimes they make me roll my eyes with an "Oh, please. Who does that?" thought. Maybe that's why there aren't many periodical choices for Moms like me-by now, we've read all the advice, and we've realized that half of it doesn't work, half of it requires too much work, and yet another half (it's my blog, I can have three halves if I want to!) is the same old advice we've read or heard a million times before.
So, just for kicks, I've decided to do a little magazine writing, the Imperfect Mom way. All of the headlines I'm going to respond to are actual headlines that I just found on parenting magazine websites. The rest is aaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllll me. You're welcome.
8 Power Snacks They'll Love
Hmmmm. Power and Snacks "Power" must require sugar and carbs, right? Give my son a Mountain Dew, and he can "power" on for hours! But Mountain Dew isn't a snack-unless...... we freeze them! Mountain Dew Popsicles! I've just thought of my first recipe for the food section of my imaginary magazine! Ok, I don't actually give my kids Mountain Dew
Breathe Easy With Cabin Air Filers
Ok, this one may actually have been an ad, but I'm going with it. These are air filters. For your car. Aren't cars supposed to smell like stale McDonald's french fries, mildewy chlorine from that pool towel that got left in the back, and old farts? Or is it just mine? How are we supposed to pass on time honored traditions, like the "smeller's the feller" phrase, and the fun game "find the water bottle/sippie cup with the sour milk in it" ? If you have kids, especially small ones, you really need to be able to smell what's in your car. "Who pooped their pants? Oh, that was just Daddy farting." Maybe a filter wouldn't be half bad, afterall....
When Public Tantrums Strike
Ugh. I don't miss these. Tantrums in public-run and and hide, or become invisible. Take the
Fun Indoor Activities
Need rainy day activities? Here you go. Super Mario Galaxy for Wii-keeps my kids busy for hours, and gives me plenty of time to blog, gripe about all the dirty laundry, and Facebook. Oh, wait! Is that supposed to be stuff you actually do with your kids? Oh, ok then. Pay your son fifty cents to sweep the kitchen floor. Briefly show him how, then send him off on his own. Pay him in dimes, and since there will be 5 coins, he'll think he's getting a lot of money. Bribe your more sophisticated older child with extra Wii time to vacuum. Hand your children dust rags, pre-sprayed with Pledge, and tell them they can have a contest to see who can dust the most furniture while you "supervise". My kids still actually fall for this one. Have another child no more than 2 and a half years older than your last child, so that they always have a
Get Your Groovy On-How to Tie Dye with Kids
Oh, my. That's a frightening thought, if there ever was one. When I was much younger and more patient, I tried tie dyeing with kids as a summer camp counsellor. Dis. As. Ter. Really-everyone's tennis shoes ended up multicolored from the drips, and the shirts just turned out a nasty brown from the colors being mixed. Just save yourself some time, and damage to clothing, shoes, carpet and furniture and go to WalMart and buy a tie dye shirt. Let the kid draw on it with a Sharpie, if you want to be "creative". Just do it outside, in old clothes. When we're in an artsy mood, I have a box of miscellaneous craft supplies and paper, and every once in a while, I drag it out and let them create to their heart's content. I'm big on the non-directed art project stuff. Just not the mess it makes.
Fun Ways to Get Your Kids to Exercise
Fun for me? Or them? "Run upstairs and get my shoes, please." "Oh, those are the wrong ones. Get my others, please." "Thank you, now run up and put these away for me." "Oh, wait! I think I need those afterall-bring them back down." Heh-heh. Seriously, my kids have a swingset, and bicycles, scooters, and friends to run around with. I just send them outside, and they get plenty of exercise on their own. Fresh air and unstructured free time-I think kids need more of it.
shirt from Cafe Press
Healthy Pregnancy Diet
For my first child, I ate fried chicken and strawberry pop tarts and drank lots of sweet tea and 2% milk. I was living in the South, where sweet tea and fried chicken were plentiful and teaching Kindergarten where milk and Pop Tarts (the generic school cafeteria ones) were plentiful. With my son, I ate cripsy bacon, sour cream, and mayonnaise. Together and separately. I highly recommend it. Wait....does that say "healthy"? Never mind.
So, there we go. I don't think I will be pursued by Conde Nast any time soon to write my own parenting magazine, but that's ok, since i have this blog to