Those would be Family Fun and Wondertime. When these little treasures arrive we quickly retreat to the front steps of the house to read. She loves to see the little craft ideas scattered throughout Family Fun and likes all the "pretty pictures" in Wondertime. For the next few nights we even use those magazines as part of our nighttime reading. (Which is a wonderful respite for me, as you can imagine.)
Both issues are a treat for me as well. Family Fun is a bright cheerful publication focused on families with elementary age children. Kid friendly recipes, games and crafts fill the colorful pages. I loved this month's article on easy to create costumes. Is it weird I kind of wanted to be this Sushi Roll myself? The other day I went into the garage and found Shane spray painting small pumpkins blacks. He explained that he was going to turn them into bats. "So Shane. Where did you get that idea?" He smiled sheepishly. "That magazine of Lydia's".
I would describe Wondertime as being a little more "my style". It focuses on parenting babies and toddlers and has a very urban feel to it. The very first article in the November issue "Playover" hit home as it discussed the agony of traveling, long layovers and toddlers in tow. That, for the record, is my own personal hell. I loved how the author wrote about the child's perceptive of exciting train rides throughout the airport and even getting to stay in a hotel when the flight was canceled. What joy! Having experienced every flight nightmare save crashing and high jacking - it eased my mind (a tad) in regards to the 14 hour flight Lydia and I will be talking in a few weeks. The graphics and photography in Wondertime are very modern and clean and the articles are relevant to things I am actually interested in. This month's issue addressed helping toddlers with their fears, what baby babble really means, and why pregnancy dreams are so freaking weird. (Anyone else have that experience?)
Want to get in on the reading fun? Disney Family (the publishing house behind both magazines) has graciously offered 6 readers a year long subscription to either Family Fun or Wondertime!
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