My magazines are like my kids

Publisher's note by Amy Irwin

‘The days are long, but the years are short.’ – Gretchen Rubin

I often reflect on this quote during those difficult days when your kids are getting on your last nerve, and yet you’re doing all you can to be the best Mom or Dad you can be (even if all you want to do is hide in the bathroom and never come out). This quote has definitely given me perspective on the amount of effort I put forth as a parent.

The question every parent asks themselves on a daily/weekly/yearly basis is, ‘Where does the time go?’ With the issue in your hands today it has, unbelievably, been six years since we launched Grey-Bruce Kids, which remains the only publication filled with local information for parents and caregivers in Grey/Bruce.

As I reflect on the past six years of publishing, I can’t help but compare Grey-Bruce Kids (or our other publications Grey-Bruce and Huron-Perth Boomers) to raising my kids. Some ways the magazines are like my children are:

• They bring me joy! They allow me to work my own schedule while raising my human children (I often refer to my magazines as my third child).

• They make me proud. The feedback we get from organizations, businesses involved with the publications and readers of the magazines is always unexpected and very flattering.

• They worry me. I get stressed about deadlines, curating the right stories, providing the best value for our advertisers, and releasing the magazines to the world where they have to stand on their own merit.

• They take up space in my car! I’m constantly shuttling magazines around to different locations throughout Grey/Bruce, very much like my kids. The magazines leave a lot less mess behind though!

And, in the end, just like raising kids, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I hope you enjoy our winter issue. We have some excellent articles about the dangers of prescription opioids, concussions, infant development and more!

And I hope you and your family have a fun-filled and safe winter season.

Click here for the distribution locations for our Winter 2017/18 issue

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