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A glossy parenting magazine designed for parents with children from one to seven years. It includes current and relevant information regarding a whole range of issues revolving around parenting. Costing £1.95, this magazine is available from many good newsagents and large supermarkets. To be honest I had never heard of this magazine until I was contacted via another e-group member regarding required articles for ADHD(Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). I was keen to discover what prior publications this company has produced before I was prepared to make contact. It was fairly difficult to locate, but when I found one retailer, I found many(Just like waiting for a bus I suppose). I was pleasantly surprised to discover that unlike many other parenting magazines Right Start did not waffle on about babies. Regular features included Behaviour matters (Which had my devout attention), Educational matters, Food information, Family matters, Play matters, which includes an 8 page activity pull out section, reader offers and other regular features. I really liked the in depth and factual reporting operated by this magazine, whose staff appear to have really done their homework. I was satisfied that it was a bonafide publication and was quite happy to discuss the prospective article with their sub editor Stella Wiseman. She was patient and thorough, and was happy to call me back for any amendments. When published in the Jan/Feb 2001 edition, I was very pleased to see that my words were not twisted in anyway. My daughter was not made out to be a monster and was portrayed in a fair light. The other children involved were also very fairly reported(One’s mum is in the same group as me). The article was in depth and included information regarding the condition and available treatments and basically reassured like parents that it was not their fault. On the downside there are
approximately 30 pages of adverts, all relevant, but none the less, they are adverts. With the entire magazine consisting of around 76 pages I was a little disappointed. However, the other 46 pages are of great interest, and I suppose that the publication and wages has to be paid for somehow. With worthwhile giveaways, and desirable competition prizes this magazine has a whole host of interesting contributions ranging from Readers write ins to Car seat reviews and from Hyper kids to what deserts have in them and what to avoid. Overall it is well set out, and gives the reader an insight into how other parents deal with the similar situations that we find ourselves in frequently. Unfortunately they are a bit slack with updating their web page, but I have been assured that it will happen soon. The web page carries past issues and articles, as well as what is in the next edition, and also allows the reader to electronically subscribe to the magazine if they wish to do so. Their address is www.rightstartmagazine.co.uk if you fancy a look. All in all, an interesting read.
What has happened to the best pre-school child magazine Right Start? I used to have a subscription to this magazine, but now I cannot find it. This was the only magazine that didn’t go on about babies; it had very useful articles, which actually related to the age of my child. In the centre there was an eight paged, pull out section called Hodder Home Learning for 3 to 5 year olds, Play and Learn, which was very educational, and very interesting and fun to do with your child. It taught writing letters and numbers, recognition of numbers, colours and letters, and also basic mathematic skills. The magazine helps to make the best choice for your child regarding education, with lots of stories on personal experiences of the parents. There are pages for great ideas. They have interesting articles on Health and behaviour issues. They have a team of testers who test a wide range of products from toys to kids computer software. They also have offers and competitions. Where o where has it gone, does anybody know, if you do please, please could you let me know? If you are interested in taking a look dooyoo have found the magazines web site, where you can subscribe to the magazine. http://www.rightstartmagazine.co.uk/pages/frame_main.htm