First things are first. Yes the picture of the magazine cover above is my daughter and no she really wasn’t in a magazine. But yes it does have something to do with this post. So read on to see what exactly a fake magazine cover would really have to do with a blog post.
Have you bought a magazine, took it home and then when you started to read it seen pictures of the immaculate homes inside. Then when you see the inside of the homes in the magazine you look around at your own home which is riddled with toys, play dough, and chocolate handprints? That is what happened to me this morning. I set down with my morning cup of coffee and opened my magazine which arrived in the mail yesterday, “Better Homes and Gardens.” I kept seeing pictures of inside of this nice clean houses. The pictures were always similar by having a mom and children standing there smiling in a house so clean it was fictional. I hadn’t seen my house that clean since it was brand new. Now I’m not saying my house is dirty, but if you have kids you know the damage they can do especially when school is out for summer, the weekend or even a holiday.
So then this had me thinking which is dangerous when I haven’t finished my cup of coffee. Why do they put such wonderful and clean houses in these magazines? I mean they are so misleading. If a woman doesn’t have children looks at these pictures she will then feel the longing for a child and then when she gets it she is disturbed at how much a lie that magazine cover was. So I took my daughters old Christmas picture (3 years old at the time) and placed it on a Savvy Magazine cover. To show how easy it is to fake the pictures, kind of my way of outing them.
What they need to do is take a picture of my living room and put it in there with the article of how to organize your home. Then they can write and article of how they started with my mess and made it kid friendly organizational. I would buy that magazine because it wouldn’t be misleading. Magazines that have those beautiful untouched homes do one thing to us real moms they make us feel unaccomplished. We feel like our houses aren’t clean enough, our kids are clean enough and we aren’t good enough. Well if you ask me that is crap! Because we are all of those things in our own mommy ways. The magazine company is the one with the problem. They publish photos that lie through their teeth and let me let you in on another thing. That mom and kid in the photo they aren’t even related. Because if they was that mom would have a dirty handprint on her shirt right where her boob is supposed to go and the kid wouldn’t be standing there sweetly. The child would either be hanging off her leg, or in the background writing on the walls, or just simply making funny faces at the camera.
So mommy’s don’t let these magazine companies make you feel inferior by the photos and articles they publish. They are to be informative not literal. So take from them what you must and then the rest of it ignore. I usually read the article get the information I need on whatever I’m wanting to read about then I throw the magazine away. I don’t leave it laying around to tempt me and to make my feel bad about myself. Sometimes I don’t even buy the magazine sometimes I just read other mommy blogs by other bloggers because most of the time they have written about similar stuff and they are real not fakes.