Well, in a way it is. As of May 31st Brain,Child Magazine has decided to shut down its print publication. August will be the last issue. 13 years after their first issue. I remember the first time I found that magazine – just about a year into my own parenting journey. I felt like I had found gold! Beautiful images and real stories from the trenches. At the beginning my own parenting journey was full of dogma, ideas that my way was the right way. I even submitted a story about preschool and how my way to do it was the right way. I now realize my ego was blinding me to the fact that there is more than one way to educate a child, raise a family, and tend to your own parenting. This realization was due in part to their wide range of stories presented.
I loved that magazine for so many reasons. I loved the amazing writing that filled its pages and the debates that took place so eloquently put as to make me definitely see both sides of the coin. I loved the book reviews and news from the world of parenting issues. I loved the dogma free tone that showed me aspects of parenting that I never thought about. The stories in there made me mad, sad, sentimental, empathetic, laugh and empowered. I loved the way I could dive into each new issue and totally abandon my children for a few hours of delicious reading time. I always joked that it was the one parenting magazine that made me a bad parent for the way it would make me ignore everyone in my house!
And I loved having Slow Family in its pages issue after issue.
The magazine will continue online. don’t know if I’ll read it there or not but if you’re an online reading kind of person, I hope you do.
I’m sorry to see Brain Child go. To all of the amazing people there I say congratulations for an amazing job well done. And my condolences too for having to come to this decision.
It’s a sad day for the print world. And a sad day for new moms who won’t know the thrill of curling up with an issue behind a closed door while your children call to you from another room.