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December 1, 2008

Brain, Child Magazine


Billed as the magazine for "thinking mothers", Brain, Child magazine could not be summed up better. In fact, after just browsing through a few copies of the magazine I realized I simply could not find a better way to describe it. Compiled inside each issue are informative, sometimes snarky and provocative articles. Each issue contains loads of information for working and non-working mothers alike. As a whole I found Brain, Child to be a well-rounded and smart piece of work.


This is no 'Parents' magazine. If you are looking for holiday crafts or cookie recipes Brain, Child is not going to satisfy you. However, if you want to read well-researched works the likes you could find in Newsweek magazine but dedicated to the subject of children, motherhood and parenting then you will find it here.

Founded in 1999 and launched in 2000 by two mothers, Jennifer Niesslein and Stephanie Wilkinson, two journalists who wanted a magazine that dealt with weightier issues regarding motherhood and its life changing experience they formed Brain, Child magazine.

"Brain, Child's first issue was published in March 2000. It included essays by Barbara Kingsolver and Susan Cheever, a feature on the new academic field of ethnopediatrics, a debate on the merits of family bed, fiction, and essays by mothers addressing the stuff of real-life parenting (swearing off swearing, or selective reduction, for example). That year, the magazine was named by Utne Reader as one of the five best new magazines in the country."

What I love about Brain, Child is how diverse it is. Inside you will not only find articles debating topics like radical homemaking, vaccinations and working from home but also reviews on a variety of products, birth stories, relationships, parodies, essays and so much more. There is something for everyone and I always come away from each issue having learned a different perspective on a subject or just feeling more clued-in to the world around me.

Brain, Child magazine is the only literary magazine for mothers and is sold in the U.S. and Canada at select grocery stores, independent bookstores and Barnes and Noble. I highly recommend checking it out or giving a subscription as a gift. It's perfect for a friend, new mom or even someone who has been at the whole motherhood scene for a while.

Head on over to the Brain, Child website and browse around. One lucky winner (drawn at random on Saturday, December 6) will be given a one-year subscription free. Just leave a comment with your email and you will be entered to win!


Want more Brain, Child? Sign up for their FREE newsletter filled with web-only deals, updates and extra tidbits to read by sending your email to subscriptions@brainchildmag.com or simply head over to brainchildmag to sign up.

24 comments:

Tiffany said...

Looks interesting.
give_me_a_latte at yahoo

Jessica McFadden said...

Very cool!! Am intrigued...

WkSocMom said...

Sounds like a great magazine.

MamaNeena said...

What a great giveaway!
mamaneena@hotmail.com

Monica @ Paper Bridges said...

hope I win! thanks

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I'd LOVE to win this! Brilliant prize!

Steph
jsprecourt@yahoo.com

Thien-Kim aka Kim said...

I just read one of the essays about race. They have great content

2KoP said...

Ah, I love it – "The only literary magazine dedicated to motherhood". Please enter me!

NYNancy said...

Funny, how they didn't mention that I was in that first issue, too! Yes indeedy - my first published piece. Started out big and ended up....
Nice to know they are doing so well.

the mommie of mommie blogs said...

great give-away!

contact me thru mommieblogs.blogspot.com

Thanks!

kimberly/tippy toes said...

This magazine has been on my list of things I'd like to check out for quite some time.

kimberlykauer at gmail dot com

Nette @ Smiling MOm said...

Now this sounds like one for me!

njk donohue @ Gmail . com

Carrie said...

I've been wanting to check out that magazine for a long time.

SJ said...

I've never heard of this magazine but it sounds wonderful! I'm off to check it out some more now....

Thanks for an opportunity!

sjones1026(at)hotmail(dot)com

suburban ecomom said...

This is a great magazine. I'd love to win!

bananaBlueberry said...

I really like this idea and I like that 2 moms founded it!

I'd love to win a year subscription :)

Smiling Mama said...

I would really love to get this magazine!

JessTrev said...

I totally love Brain, Child. Would love to have a (re)new(ed) subscription! jbirdbiz at gmail- Thanks!

Feener said...

count me in

ChefDruck said...

This is my absolute favorite magazine. My subscription is up for renewal so I would love to win!

vdruckman at hotmail dot com

Tech Savvy Mama said...

Sounds like an interesting mag worth checking out! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jen Lee said...

I've heard great things about Brain, Child and would love to give it a try!

Stacy said...

Ditto.

thestacy@gmail.com

svtwinmom said...

I've been meaning to subscribe to Brain, Child but always end up picking it up at Whole Foods.

I'd be so happy to have a regular subscription.

Thanks!