A Lettet to The Worst Magazine Ever

Dear Parents magazine,
You fail. You are nothing but a gigantic advertisement for shit no one needs.

Out of 171 pages, 86 of them are an add or contain an add. For junk food, medications, pet supplies, cleaning supplies and just other random junk.

Let me break it down.

Food

Milk
Green Mountain Coffee
Jello
Gerber Graduates
Plum Organics
Wandy’s
Kool-Aid
Crystal Lite Liquid
M&Ms
Keebler Cookies
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
Kraft singles
Ranch dressing
Valasic pickles
French’s Flavor Infuser
Quaker Oatmeal Cookies
Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh Meat
Turkey Hill Ice Cream
Post Cereal
Similac Powdered Formula
Enfanil Powdered and ready use formula

I would never buy or feed my family any of this sugar, fat, artificial, GMO garbage. Except the coffee and Plum Organics.

Why would you advertise some of the most unhealthy foods possible. The only veggies I saw were in the Wendy’s salad (which is fast food) and covered in ranch dressing, what’s the point?

Beauty / Body Products

Johnson & Johnson Baby head to toe wash
Secret deodorant
Curél Itch Defense Lotion
Neutrogena daily cleanser
Neutrogena Acne Wash
Ora-jel toothbrush & toothpaste
Pantene Pro-V hair care solutions
Dove soap bar
Bio Oil
Schick Intuition Razor
Veet
Always pads
Banana Boat sunscreen
Huggies diapers, pull ups, little swimmers and wipes.

Again nothing on this list I would actually buy. Except the diapers. Most of these products are full of harmful chemicals (looking at you J&J) and I wouldn’t use them.

Medication, ect

Epi-Pen
Little Critters gummy vitamins
Zyrtec
Daytrana Patch (ADHD Med)
Dulco Ease
Pedia Sure Sidekicks
Dermatest
Monistat
Gardasil (HPV vaccine)
Lanacane
Auvi-Q (talking epi pen)

Direct marketing from pharmaceutical companies has caused the hypochondriac to damn near never leave the house. You now have all symptoms to all diseases and need ALL the drugs!

I do like the gummy vitamins as they contain fruit juice for the coloring and have no artificial anything. At least the brand I use doesn’t.

Cleaning Products

Tide detergent
All detergent
Arm and Hammer detergent
Oxi Clean
Swiffer/Bissell mop
Samsung washer & dryer
Hoover vacuum

Laundry never ends…. stop reminding me!

Pet Supplies

Seresto flea collar
Front Line Plus flea Med
Bentiful Chopped Meals
Adam flea and tick Med

I thought this was a parents magazine. If I want pet meds I will get a pet magazine, thanks.

Other Crap

Identity Gaurd
Behr Paint
Bubble Guppies DVDs
Cuisinart
Geico
IKEA
Inch Bug
Canon
Progressive
Citi Bank
Preschool Prep DVDs
Kindel
Huffy
Aetna
JC Penny Portraits
Kumon Learning Centers
3 pages recapping previous advertisements

So I guess you will take money from ANY company and just slap an add in there.

Thanks for the gigantic waste of time.

Your disgruntled half reader

Now I would not really write a letter to Patents magazine about their adds. Its a business, I get it.

I’m just shocked that about half the magazing is an add for horribly unhealthy foods and other junk I would rather not see on EVERY other page!

I used to read Parents from cover to cover. I would ignore the crappy advice and delight in the personal stories and recall announcements.

I lost ALL respect for the magazine when I came across a two paragraph blip about how supplementing breast milk with formula can help you breast feed longer. They actually quoted a lactation specialist saying so.

I’m not saying that’s not true for some women but that is not how it was presented. That’s when I took note that there were over six formula adds in that particular issue.

That fuled my interest in how many adds were crammed into an issue and how many articles were written about baby/mommy products.

Most of the time I throw out the magazine with the other junk mail. Tonight I decided to have a little fun.

An Awkward Mother

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Weaning a Toddler

I knew from the moment I found out I was pregnant I would breast feed my child. I didn’t know how much work it would be. Once she was born, I didn’t know if I could ever get the hang of it or if I could continue through the first two weeks. 

My major concern was feeding her, is she getting enough, will we make it through this part of our lives together?

Never did the thought of weaning her enter my mind. I always assumed she would wake up one day and just be done, leaving me heart broken and emptying my full breasts into containers to be donated.

As we came to the first year of breast feeding I was thrilled we made it through the hard times, nursing in public, nursing on demand at all times and continuing to nurse.

By 18 months I was still happy to be breast feeding her, but started wondering when she was going to let up a bit. She just seemed to love it so much I couldn’t bare to take it away from her and break her baby heart. 

Then I started feeling self conscience about nursing a walking, talking toddler… in public.

She is super demanding. When she wants “boo boo” nothing can take her mind off of it! She has never had an attachment toy, blanket or binky. It has always been me. 

Saying no, trying to redirect or offering food and water has NEVER worked. It only amps up her insistence.

So one night last week when I was particularly exasperated with this boob buffet system we had in place, my Husband and I discussed seriously weaning her. Just down to a few nurses a day with the goal of completely weaning soon.

I work Monday through Friday till five and attend night school 3 days a week and don’t get home until almost 8 on those nights. I decided to nurse her right when I get home,  before naps and bed time and at night if she wakes.

The first night, Thursday, did not go well. But that was expected. I got home around 7:45, let her have at it till she was done and than cut it off. No more boo boo till bed time. Bed time is at 8:30 p.m. She screamed hard until than.

The 2nd day she did better, but there were still lots of tears and pleads for her favorite past time. By Sunday she was marching around the house saying “no boo boo till night night” and smiling. She still asks frequently, but doesn’t throw a fit when she doesn’t get it.

This is something I did not think possible. Every outing, every new experience was a melt down if she didn’t get to nurse on her terms. And it was making me resent nursing so long.

Taking the steps slow and gentle and allowing her to grieve with patience and understanding is helping the process. 

How did you wean your toddler? Did she do it on her own or did you actively try to stop? 

An Awkward Mother