A few years ago, a young woman stared blankly at a computer searching for help in becoming the perfect Mom. She haphazardly scanned every baby shopping website to select all the bamboozles and bojangles that could wiggle, shake, or thrust her baby into immense happiness. Little by little, the messages began to change by showing her not just what to use to be a Mommy, but how to embrace the art of Motherhood within her whole being. Like a tattered rag doll, her soul began to mend and piece by piece she replaced all the fears and concerns of early maternal jitters with the whimsical silk of skill and confidence. Stepping into the title of Mama, she looked back at all the inspiration through the years and was thankful that she encountered the less beaten path even with all the disruptions of an over-abundant media-sphere. Far from perfect, she greets each morning with a smile and a kiss from her little ones and knows that everything she needs is within arms reach.
My experience using the internet to iron out my parenting kinks is a little bit like taking a wound-up kid into a toy store to calm him or her. Take, for example, the challenge I absorbed two years ago of using cloth diapers. Some blog somewhere assessed the cost of plastic diapers at nearly $2000 and my eyes bulged. The solution they offered was to cover a bum with a simple cotton cloth set of nappies and sail through the early years with all the diapering necessities at home. Instead of taking the advice at face value and using my instinct to realize that a.) I already had a set of perfectly acceptable cloth diapers in my possession and 2.) baby bowel movements aren’t that big of a deal, I trolled the interwebs to learn anything and everything about diapering. In my meager attempts to “green” my diapering practice, I countered the effects by purchasing diapers of every shape and size. The quest to develop a masterful diaper routine (and a temperamental dryer) took me to the brink of insanity. I would estimate that I spent weeks, possibly months, reading on the internet to uncover the mystery of things like poo-splosions and diaper sprayers. Finally, I discovered that I had fallen into the black hole of the interwebs and needed to crawl out. I needed focus and direction on parenting. I didn’t need to nit-pick through a simple aspect of parenting. Enter… Green Child Magazine.
When I first read Green Child Magazine through Issuu, I was so curious and excited about Green Living that I wanted to TRY ALL THE GREEN THINGS. I found out that everything I was doing as a Mother had an eco-friendly alternative. Did I want to keep cleaning supplies that wouldn’t kill my child under the sink? There was a solution. Would I like to serve something other than carrots and peas as the only healthy option in my kitchen? Recipes and inspiration from bentos to burritos were now at my fingertips. I could even bathe, clothe, and swaddle my precious little one in delightful organic goods.
Then, something miraculous happened. I was going to be a Mother again. I found the courage to follow my inner voice and choose a homebirth. When Audrey was finally in my arms, I wrapped her right up and wore her through the first year of her life. I even changed the entire way my family purchases, cooks, and consumes food. All these things happened because I saw the path to the life I always wanted as a child when I looked through the pages of Green Child Magazine. Ok, there were a lot of other things involved, too. But having EVERY aspect of green living covered at my blogging fingertips certainly made my focus and direction much simpler. In fact, I was so happy that the magazine had a positive influence on my family that I even contributed an article. Check out Introducing Baby on page 12.
Now that I’m gaining a little experience under my belt and am not quite as gullible, I am weaning myself off Google. I have cooked too many breads-turned-dog-biscuits to trust a websearch for a recipe any more. I have also decided that there’s really not enough time in the day to devote myself to spending all my free minutes on the internet. Instead, I’m making the most of the time and reading from my trusty sources. I hope to one day become one of those trusted authorities for others, but until I add another child or two to our brood, I just don’t think I’m ready to claim expert status on anything parenting-related.
Publications like Green Child Magazine are unique because they are based online through a service called Issuu. I’ll admit I was skeptical the first time I used it in 2011. (Can I really click that link? Are you sure it’s not a virus??) But, now it is amazingly simple. I love that it still offers the wide display of magazine-quality art, along with the interactivity of a magazine. I’ve even assembled a few must-reads into handy stacks. You also don’t need to download anything. Simply sign up and start browsing your favorite publications.
Without giving too many plans away, I also want to talk about the versatility of using this service as a publisher. It is a great way for new bloggers to delve into the realm of the magazine world because loading an e-publication is as simple as creating a PDF. Give me a nudge in a few months and find out how Eco Incognito Magazine is coming along
I hope you find some great reads on Issuu, too. There are tons of resources on photography, crafts, health, and fitness. It really is just like a magazine stand. Thanks for letting me share one of my favorite magazines with you.
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