Newest Review: ... after a month. This is where Junior is different; it is aimed at parents of toddlers and children up to 8 years, but very little of it... more
Member Name: historywitch
Advantages: Articles extremely good and thoughtprovoking, useful freebies
Disadvantages: Too few articles, too many pictures of things I cant afford!!
I have just come to the end of a year long subscription to Junior and although I have not been tempted to resubscribe I have enjoyed reading it. Its a lot more thought provoking and 'intelligent' than other parenting magazines which never seem to get past birth, teething and potty training. The articles cover a range of subjects from 'clothkits', to eco-parenting to birthday parties. I was never disappointed by the articles but I got more and more disconcerted by the prevalence of 'fashion plates'. Whilst gorgeous to look at the first time, as a parent who wont spend more than £20 on an outfit for her toddler and who is totally unfashion savvy herself I found myself flicking through 60% of the magazine. Given that Junior is not cheap (£3.50 an issue), I resented spending so much money on beautiful pictures (and they are beautiful).
The freebies we have received have been of a much higher standard than other parenting magazines (burp cloths and weaning spoons???) and have included flash cards, magnetic key words and a Dorling Kindersley first dictionary on CD, all of which my daughter has adored.
I have kept all of my recieved issues however as the Q&A sections, recipes and most of the articles are useful/enjoyable to read again (and my toddler likes to cut up the pictures!!).
Summary: Worth buying irregularly and keeping to reread.