Founded in 2000, Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers is the largest literary magazine devoted to motherhood. Each issue contains personal essays, fiction, poetry, news, debate, book reviews and an in-depth feature story. Often referred to as “The New Yorker for Mothers,” Brain, Child brings together the many voices of women from different backgrounds and circumstances in a way that provides readers with insight and perspective into today’s issues.
Find out why The Washington Post says “A good read is what Brain, Child is all about.”
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Special Issue: For Parents of Teenagers
Raising a teen is different than raising a child, so we dedicate this special issue of Brain, Child to parents of teenagers (or soon-to-be-teenagers). Here some of our best writers examine life with their teens in thought provoking essays designed to provide readers with different perspectives on what many say are the most challenging of the parenting years. Whether you have teens now or want some insight into the years ahead, this issue is for you. $9.99. Available for pre-order now, ships April 15.
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Wear the Wisdom
Renowned jewelry artisan, Judy Klein, has designed a necklace to commemorate Brain, Child’s relaunch. The Brain, Child necklace doubles as a statement piece. Lush with symbolism, our special edition necklace embodies wisdom with its mix of symbolic elements – an Owl Charm, Jade Gemstone, Duet of Pearls and Wisdom-Inscribed Brass Plate.
$45, includes first-class shipping to addresses in the U.S.
An Iridescent Life: Essays on Motherhood and Stepmotherhood
Don’t miss the newest book from award-winning essayist and Brain, Child’s Editor-in-Chief, Marcelle Soviero. The essays in An Iridescent Life capture and celebrate the imperfect lives of mothers and stepmothers. The book delves into interfaith divorce, meeting a stepson for the first time, being the emotional rudder for a tween who feels unpopular, and throwing an over-the-top birthday party for a five-year-old daughter as a newly single mom. Also included are humorous tales of kitchens, weddings and home renovations. A perfect gift for mothers of all ages, the essays in An Iridescent Life are keepsakes readers will undoubtedly want to share.
Back Issues: Always Inspiring
You’ve finished your current issue and looking for more?
Or maybe you’re interested in reading up on a certain parenting subject?
Choose from Brain, Child’s back issues and let the good reading continue! Click here to see a description of each.
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Brain, Child by Theme
Special Bundles of Back Issues to Match Your Mood
$20 per bundle
One of the biggest joys of putting together each issue of Brain, Child is choosing articles that cover the vast range of parenting experiences, from pre-birth jitters to empty-nest nostalgia. But if you’re like us, sometimes you feel a little fixated on one topic. You crave more and more good reading to delve further into issues you care most about. We’ve got it covered. Each of our Theme Bundles includes 200-plus pages of reading pleasure.
The New Mama Bundle
For all the mothers with those warm little ones wrapped up in onesies and nearly erotic fantasies of more sleep this bundle is for you. The issues in the New Mama Bundle hit heavy on where you are right now, from Cheryl Strayed’s essay on whether novelists can be “baby people” to a provocative essay on diaper-free infancy to Katherine Ozment’s piece on new babies and old friends. Hint: This bundle is a great shower gift too. Includes Fall 2008, Winter 2008, Fall 2010, Winter 2009.
Special Needs Bundle
This bundle is for all those parents who know what an IEP is or whose special kid has inducted her into the world of specialists. The issues included here contain voices of parents raising children outside the developmental norm, including a feature on whether “neurodiverse” kids need a cure or a culture of their own, Jill Cornfield on whether it’s fair to compare having a special need skid to taking a trip abroad and Camilla Medders on whether disabled kids are actually happier. Includes Summer 2008, Summer 2010, Winter 2008, Summer 2005.
All the Single (Divorced, Remarried) Ladies Bundle
Raising your brood alone some or all of the time? This bundle offers up a while menu of perspectives on singlehood, divorce and remarriage. Theo Pauline Nestor writes about fining love after divorce- even when it’s hard for her daughters. Tracy Mayor delivers feature on what’s behind the stigma of the single mother. There’s Andrea McDowell’s essay on what gets dropped when you’re an only parent, and so much more. Includes Fall 2005, Summer 20011, Summer 2009, Spring 2011.
You’ve Got a T(w)een Bundle
Have you become suddenly stupider? Do you say, like, really obvious things? You probably have a teen or a tween, and a whole new batch of parenting issues. This bundle highlights parenting the not not-quite-a-child. It includes a lovely essay on the last stops of boyhood, a hilarious piece on love, tween-style, a gripping saga of anorexia treatment, the teen sex debate, and more. Includes Winter 2013, Fall 2009, Spring 2008, Winter 2012.