Parents wake up with a non-stop routine of teeth brushing, dressing, snack packing, and chauffeuring with young kids. Often times, it is easy for them to get lost in the fun of raising their kid(s) when days are long and repetitive. Soon enough, your 3 year old is heading to high school and you have missed all the fun. ValueMags President, Andrew Degenholtz is experiencing his kids at their prime ages right now (ages 7 and 9). “The younger years are the fun years. My kids are energized which motivates me to stay engaged” he says. However, Degenholtz agrees with most parents that sometimes it is hard to come up with creative ideas that the whole family can enjoy – from toddler to grandma!
Eventually, the family man began referring to the magazines ValueMags marketed. Soon enough, the ValueMags president began using magazines they sell at home with the kids like: Cook’s Illustrated and Popular Science. Cook's
Cook's Illustrated has no advertising and is packed recipes that the whole family can work on together. From delectable grilled salmon to marvelous chocolate mousse, Cook's Illustrated has done the research and presents the recipes in such a way that your meals come out perfect each time. Popular Science makes the most multipart ideas entertaining and available for adults and their children. As discovery and innovation are reshaping the world around us this the perfect time to introduce Popular Science to kids. As the largest science and technology magazine, it presents the hopes for our earth, our children, our lives, and future through the individuals and ideas that are building a better world.
Although it seems ridiculous to get parenting advice from a magazine, the tips are realistic and teach parents self-control and self-development. Parenting is not only defined as a parent passing on their knowledge to their kid(s) and raising them. It is also a stage in a parent’s life where they learn about themselves and need to be very self-aware. Most children look up to their parents and seek advice from them. They are their role models. Culture, habits, behaviors, and attitudes a attitudes are all inherited as children grow up and see how their parents act. So, parents usually adopt new practices when they are raising their kids – practices that they want their kids to adopt. Both Parents and Family Fun magazine guide the average American parent in being self-aware and self-regulated while keeping their values and personalities alive.
With the holidays around the corner, one of parent’s biggest concerns with their kids is how they appropriately introduce technology to their children. Parents will start their kids out with iPods or MP3’s and recently, move towards Tablets or iPads. The newest educational trend in schools and with the younger generation of parents is educational applications. Educational applications that have recently become popular are Cookie Monster’s Challenge, The Magic School Bus: Ocean by Scholastic, and Stack the States. So, do you get your child their own device this Christmas? There is no minimum age to do so. Degenholtz points to magazines that strongly recommend that parents analyze the need and value that such a device could bring to their child. In some cases, childproof devices with educational applications have proven success proven successful. Children have accelerated in reading, math, and a secondary language. On the other hand, devices could serve as a distraction. Other concerns include how childproof the device is and how reasonable it is to give a child such an expensive and fragile product.