ParentLife Magazine – Win a Free Subscription!
I distinctly remember the first time I read an issue of ParentLife Magazine. Shortly after the birth of my son, a friend who was a church children’s pastor sent me a new-parent goody bag. Included in the gift bag was a recent issue of ParentLife Magazine. Overwhelmed by the round-the-clock nursing schedule and other post delivery hiccups, personal recharge time was scarce for me. For two weeks after I received the appreciated goody bag, I allowed myself just enough “me” time to read one article out of the ParentLife Magazine each night. Now, exactly six years after those weary but memorable days, I’m still a regular reader and big fan of ParentLife Magazine.
Probably one of the greatest highlights of my writing career (if you can call it that…) came in the form of an email from the editor of ParentLife Magazine. Having read some of my writing on special needs inclusion, ParentLife invited me to contribute to their online blog and in-print magazine. Checkout my article “Talking about Differences” which ParentLife Online ran this past January. Stay tuned for the September 2011 issue of ParentLife Magazine where I offer guidance on how to support a friend receiving a special needs diagnosis for their child. I appreciate how ParentLife Magazine continues to address the wide range of special needs-related topics.
Here are a few highlights of what you can expect in each issue of ParentLife Magazine:
- Respected Christian experts & professionals address everyday parenting challenges such as discipline, sibling conflict, and education struggles.
- Inspiring stories from Christians living with authentic faith and real-life struggles. (I cried reading about Emily Strickland’s story and the “Mending Hearts Farm” ministry in the March issue.)
- Age-appropriate ideas and advice for parents who are expecting, parents with newborns, and then families that include children in the following age categories: 1-2 years, 3- 5 years, 6 -8 years, and 9 – 12 years. Recognizing the increasingly important role of the extended family in a child’s life, the magazine also covers topics related to grandparenting.
- A “LifeTruths” topic is offered in each issue which ties to both Lifeway’s Life Truths curriculum and their related parent2parent website. This monthly feature can be a great discussion-starter for a church’s Sunday morning education or adult small group environments.
- ParentLife knows that the family of 2011 deals with many issues we wouldn’t have considered “traditional” in the 1950’s. Besides addressing topics we commonly think of as special needs (i.e. the February 2011 issue addressed autism), the magazine thoughtfully and practically covers life issues including divorce, single parenting, blended families, grief, and illness.
In celebration of the re-design of the ParentLife Magazine, the Lifeway team has graciously offered to provide one of my lucky readers a FREE full year’s subscription to the magazine. Want to win? Offer a comment on this post and for each comment I’ll put your name in the hat to win the free subscription . Every comment = one chance to win. You can comment once a day for five days (so comment five times if you REALLY want to win!). I’ll draw a name and announce a winner this coming Monday, 3/14/11.
Not sure what to say in your comment? Here are some ideas:
What was a favorite or memorable article you read in a ParentLife Magazine?
What topics would you like to see ParentLife Magazine address in future issues?
Is there a special needs-related topic you would like to see ParentLife Online or ParentLife Magazine talk about?
Does your church subscribe to ParentLife and offer free issues to attending families? **Bulk Rate Subscriptions are offered for churches**