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Child Magazine October 2015 Issue Cover

We caught up with Melissa Cowan from our favourite parenting magazine, CHILD Magazines, who got to the core of why they create their heart-led content…

Championing every child is always at the forefront of our minds at CHILD Magazines. There’s a lot of light and shade in motherhood.

It’s really important to create the right balance of tackling serious issues as well as entertaining our readers. Many of the stories come directly from parents, such as one mum’s heartbreaking experience of a stillbirth and another’s tale of egg donation, both of which feature in our latest October issue.

Our featured article on emotional neglect and abuse, Why Do You See Right Through Me?, reflects our desire to speak out about the unspoken. My editor, Karen, is always looking to create content for the print mag – which is now one of Australia’s largest magazines at half a million monthly copies – that brings light to issues we need to talk more about, and validates your parenting experience. We want parents to know they’re not alone.

Another area we’re passionate about at CHILD Magazines is motherhood and creativity, which led to the birth of child mags blog. Here you’ll find profiles of creative mums, style for kids, new Australian products, inspiring fashion, party ideas and living spaces.

We’ve created a community that encourages mums and celebrates their creativity, and think it’s exciting to have a platform through which mums can be inspired. Our digital editor, Bron, understands there’s this idea in our society that women may feel like they disappear when they become mothers, that the work of mothers isn’t serious, and that you can’t create or be stylish and be a good parent. On the child mags blog, we’re challenging these ideas. We’re creating some transparency into this stage of life by looking into the lives of women who work creatively. Hopefully this encourages other mothers to feel lifted up by seeing what other women do. The blog is also about lots of beautiful ideas for dressing yourself, your kids and your home. It’s fun.

Founded by publisher and now grandmother, Joanna Love, in 1989, for the past 26 years, CHILD Magazines has been sharing parents’ stories and children’s issues. We’re so excited about the collaboration with One Fine Baby at the One Fine Baby fair and look forward to seeing you at the CHILD Magazines stall, as we search for our next cover kid! Purchase your tickets to the fair online now!



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See Digital Editor, Bron Bates’ wedding album on the child mags blog. Click Image
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child mags blog features style for kids, mums and homes. Photography by Sue Stubbs. Click Image for more.
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Crafty Jenna Templeton is behind many a creative child mags blog post. Click above to read!
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CHILD Editor Karen Miles is a mum of two. Click image to read more about her on the child mags blog.