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Behind-the-Scenes at Parents Magazine

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Everyone has their own perception of what the magazine world is really like. To outsiders, it’s reminiscent of the glamorous and cutthroat scenes from The Devil Wears Prada, complete with Meryl Streep-like bosses on every floor. But to us—the editors, writers, and designers—it’s work. Well-dressed, perk-filled work. Granted, I’m just an intern (shock, horror, surprise!), so I only experience a fraction of the long days and hectic schedules of “real” employees. In return, however, I face multiple coffee runs, hours of tedious, backbreaking photocopying, and overall mental degradation.

…At least, that’s what I thought I would be doing when I came to New York for the summer. A magazine internship isn’t complete without at least one cringe-worthy story, right? Wrong. The atmosphere at Parents is nothing at all like Hollywood depicts. In fact, the staff here is so genial and kid-crazy that I half-expect to find a toddler sitting at my desk every morning, waiting to give me hugs. There is no coffee fetching or intern abusing, and I can proudly say that I have yet to pick up someone’s dry cleaning. My “work” has consisted of everything from covering press events with celebrities to wrangling the country’s cutest kids at the Parents cover contest photo shoot. I’ve crafted a car from a cardboard box and created fortune cookies in the break room. I’ve even experienced toy testing, which is a magical time where every amazing, never-before-seen toy is stuffed into one room so editors can decide which of them they like best. My job? Play with the toys beforehand (that’s me above, regressing to my 5-year-old self).

Of course, I don’t always feel like Tom Hanks in Big, and sometimes, I even have to do real work—like write this laborious blog post—but there’s always another fun reward on the horizon. While I could go on and on about my summer adventures, today is Bagel Wednesday in the office, and I really want to snag one while they’re hot.

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Enter Your Kid in the Parents Magazine Cover Contest

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Parents Magazine Cover ContestYou know you have a cute kid. We know you have a cute kid. Isn’t it time the rest of the country sees your cute kid?

We think so, which is why we want you to enter the annual Parents magazine cover contest! It’s easy, just:

Each week for 12 weeks a reader’s choice photo will be picked by our fans. The 12 weekly winners will receive $250 and one will be selected to travel to New York as a contest finalist. Not in the mood to ask friends and family members for votes? Don’t worry, the other nine finalists are all chosen by our judges. One lucky finalist will be chosen to have his picture on an upcoming issue of our magazine.

And even if you don’t make it to New York, we’re going to randomly choose one contest entrant to receive a check for $10,000!

To ensure your cutie gets all the attention he deserves, make sure to read our tips on how to get your kid noticed in photo contests. You have until 8:59 PM CT on June 23, 2012 to enter. Goody luck!

Official Contest Rules
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See Your Kid on the Cover of “Parents”

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Have an adorable little one between the ages of 3 months and 6 years? Enter your little bundle in the Parents Cover Contest by June 25, 2011. Ten winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to be photographed for an upcoming issue of Parents magazine. One lucky child will land the cover, but that’s not all—someone will win $10,000 as well. We can’t wait to see the entries!

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