by Kelli McKee

If you go to the magazine aisle there’s a really good chance you’ll see the following:

  • celebrities caught cheating
  • amazing post-pregnancy body photos OR the horror when a star isn’t back to a size 2 yet
  • shocking news about Tom Cruise (again)
  • how to make the perfect, I mean PERFECT holiday cookies

And, if you’re looking for baby or parenting magazines, there’s a really good chance you’ll see any or all of this:

  • get the perfect nursery for under $3000!
  • 3 steps to a stretch-mark free pregnancy
  • foods to make your baby smarter
  • the very best (and very worst) baby names

Coming right off the heels of Halloween, these magazines seem kind of like a pillowcase full of candy: it’s a once in a while indulgence. Some of it you’ll love (yes! Skittles!) and some of it you’ll ultimately save to give to trick-or-treaters next year (ugh. watermelon Laffy Taffy.) The shiny magazine covers are enticing, the magical thinking of “if I do this then this will happen” is deftly maneuvered throughout their pages, but for as fun as they can be, they’re empty calories.

Here’s a magazine we can sink our teeth into. Stealing Time Magazine is a new literary magazine for parents. There’s no 3 steps to a perfect anything. No celebrities in bathing suits. No stroller wars or magic pregnancy elixir. There’s simply more to chew on. We got our hands on their first issue, Genesis, and delighted at the deliciousness within.  The results are a much more satisfied appetite. Here’s the GREAT news (besides what we’ve already spelled out here, and besides the fact that Stealing Time also has a shiny cover), YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE TO IT! Just like us! Whether you’re in the US, Canada, or the UK and France, you can get giddy about this landing in your mailbox.

Why are we telling you this? Because we firmly believe that truth in parenting matters. And it’s not being talked about enough. If we are to affect change in how we communicate and interact and grow and evolve as parents, as human beings, then we need to get beyond the simple sugars, move past the magical 3 steps to perfect parenting, and embrace the reality. Embrace our own instinct. And learn from ourselves and each other.

Check out this content sampler, and we’re pretty confident you’ll find something to chew on, too.

Steve Almond’s piece, “In His Image,” contemplates his, and every parent’s, original sin.

Rebecca Kelley’s story, “27 Ways to Wear Your Baby” is vulnerable and funny and unhusks the deep-down doubts and fears so many of us have had about loving our babies as much as we should.

Sharon Trumpy’s vision from the Garden of Eden is part laugh-out-loud funny, part sly, all relatable.

Brett Paesel poaches an egg and learns what it wants.

Abby Braithwaite’s poem bares her mixed emotions on finding her unborn child had Down’s Syndrome.

Kristi Wallace Knight meets god at 4:30 a.m.

Robin Jennings takes a pregnancy test after the man she loved has died.

Lisa Hassan Scott’s piece, “The Scent of a Field that the Lord Has Blessed,” questions her son’s birthright.

Molly Sutton Kiefer names a child.

Vaughn Teegarden dramatizes quality time.

John Barrios’s poems are bloody and joyous and breathy.

Melinda Conway cuts the cord and leaves — but hangs onto — Eden.

And in Sarah Gilbert’s editor’s essay, she asks if she can embrace both Virginia Woolf’s ideals and “radical homemaker”-style motherhood. (Spoiler: Yes she can.)

Let us know if you end up subscribing. It’d be pretty fun to chat with all of you about the next issue.

- about the author Kelli McKee (also known as Kelli Martinelli) has been with gDiapers since 2006. Her work as blogger and communications manager has been to build and nurture a community of moms and dads across the vast expanse of social media. She also writes web content, press releases, her own blog and lunchbox love notes for her 2 kiddos. Follow Kelli on the gDiapers bloggoogle + and twitter.