A few days ago I saw a copy of "Working Mother" magazine. The cover photo was of a woman wearing a snappy business suit with perfect make up and a cute hair style. She was smiling demurely and had her arm around a cherubic toddler in a J. Crew outfit. The room they were in was straight out of Pottery Barn.
Some of the teasers on the cover were:
Playground Chic: A sneak peek at play spaces of the future
Show Some Skin: Fast fixes for a smoother, sexier you
How one mom dared to find her inner Patsy Cline, and
Find Your Power: How to own it, use it, share it
As an apartment manager, I consider myself a "working mom." However, I found nothing about this magazine that I could relate to. Who reads this nonsense? I can only hope that the editors and writers of this magazine are all men and there isn't really a coalition of women out there who just sit around daydreaming about playgrounds of the future.
I should really start my own magazine for the real "working" mother (my diatribe about how every mom is a working mom will wait for another post). I'd have to name it something pertinent like, "Stinky Nag" or "The Unappreciated" to make sure it even makes it off the shelves.
My cover would sport the following teasers:
10 dinner recipes containing your unused cosmetics
Earplugs Revealed: Which are right for you?
Five overpowering air fresheners to disguise diaper stench
Black is Back: Accentuate your under eye circles
Answering machine messages to reduce callers 95% in a month.
How to make an outfit last an entire week
Take Our Quiz: Are you a martyr or a victim?
Great hiding spots in your very own home
Breast is Best, Bottle is Best-ist-er.
Pretty Pretty Prozac: When the fetal position just doesn't work
Do I have any subscribers?