I can always remember being a reader of all things print even when I was a little girl. I read my first chapter book, Charlotte’s Web, when I was six but I remember magazines being one of my favorites. Reading my magazines made me feel like a grown-up, watching my Mom pore over her Glamour or her People, and I wanted to do the same thing. Strange how we imitate our parents, huh? Here are some of my favorite magazines from my youth and why I loved them so much. What were some of the magazines you read when you were little?
The one I remember most was American Girl Magazine. I was very much obsessed with American Girl dolls from Pleasant Company at the time, and their magazine was just as fun! I loved that they had advice about friends and school, and they had awesome recipes and crafts. Since my Mom worked from home until I was in middle school, we were able to do many of the activities together. I remember painting wooden spoons, making musical instruments out of household materials, and even making my own lip gloss out of Vaseline and blush! If I have a daughter, I would encourage her to read this magazine because it’s empowering, fun, and is age appropriate. I think the most difficult thing for parents is trying to find out which magazines and books are age appropriate, not because of ability level, but because of emotional development. This magazine acknowledges challenges that girls from the ages of 8-12 go through, but doesn’t include the information that can form questions or confusion. I loved this magazine when I was a kid and always had one in the car or in my “purse” that I carried with me.
When I hit middle school, I started reading Girl’s Life. Since I wasn’t yet allowed to read Teen, this was a happy medium for me. To me, Girl’s Life was like a transition from young girl to tween. It had some of the issues I wanted to read about (body changes, boys, makeup) but it kept it tasteful and it also kept parents in the know with a philosophy of “talk to your parents when you have questions.” In addition, Girl’s Life featured recipes, entertainment gossip (which I loved!), and makeup tips. I haven’t read it since I was about 14, but I do remember how much I enjoyed it!
Last, but not least, Tiger Beat was my favorite celeb magazine on the shelves of our local Stop and Shop. Everytime my Mom and I would go grocery shopping I would beg for the newest issue so I could read up on the lives on Johnathon Taylor Thomas and Devon Sawa! DREAMY! My 12 year old heart would flutter, and I would sticky-tack the pin-ups all over my room and bedroom door. Looking back, I can smile at my “boy-crazy” mindset–but it will always have a special place in my heart! On the more recent issues of Tiger Beat, I have no idea who anyone is. Way to feel old!
These magazines instantly bring me back to the humid summer vacation days of yore sitting on my deck with a Popsicle and my heart shaped sunglasses catching up on all of my important reads. It’s nostalgic and hopefully one day I’ll share these magazines with my daughter like my Mom did with me.