#FlipboardChat Summary: Creative Magazine Ideas for New Parents
Jenn de la Vega / August 19, 2015
Every Wednesday evening, members of the Flipboard Club—an unofficial group of passionate evangelists—hold a Twitter chat about a Flipboard-centric topic. We share the tips and ideas discussed there each week.
Last week, participants chatted about “Creative Magazine Ideas for New Parents.” Here’s what they said:
What are your go-to websites or blogs for parenting information?
- Baby Center and Scary Mommy are my top 2! Then of course mags from, Stacy, Mia, Nicole and Anne.
- My kids are grown, but I still love reading about parenting.
- I just use Flipboard for parenting type topics I am interested in, like Generations. Great info there!
- I like Cafe Mom.
- Life of Dad Show has long been a favorite.
- I get lots of ideas from parents in the same boat as me who share without trying to make money or make a name.
- I look for parenting topics on how to teach kids financial literacy and money matters.
- AllProDad.com is the one I recommend.
How can new parents benefit from using Flipboard and personalized magazines?
- Info, commiserate and educate.
- Typing in topics related to the age of your kids can open your eyes to new ideas.
- A mag is a great way to share pics & stories with family members, leaving your child’s Internet footprint untouched.
- It doesn’t stop with the curating. Parents can talk to each other on Flipboard Mags.
- All kids are individuals, so if you can create topic mags, you may find new individuals with more similar experiences.
- Curate school clothing ideas, sports equipment or coordinate a resale in a magazine when they outgrow them.
- Topics are a great way to fuel your own mag, just read, get ideas, (again) commiserate! do I see a theme.
- I wish Flipboard was around when mine were young. It’s a great place to customize your child raring w/mags.
- A summer activity magazine.
- You can team up,with family members that have kids the same age. A cousin magazine!
- I’d keep milestone mags & little personal baby books of all my kids with.
What topics and sources on Flipboard would be helpful for new parents to follow?
- Very simply parenting has been one of my go to.
- Kids, travel, fun are all great parenting topics on Flipboard.
- Don’t forget about the education and homeschooling topics! It’s never too early to start.
- “Travel With Kids” should be a topic.
- Quick recipes or menu of healthy meals with a shopping list and the phone numbers chefs, nannies and sitters.
What types of material or content can new parents include in Flipboard Magazines?
- ANYTHING! That is the beauty. Ideas, inspiration, parenting tips, tricks, and of course guidance from other parents.
- Images, stories using the Compose tool, videos, sound clips, flip it all.
- New parents can collect info on the “next stage” so that they have a database ready.
- Something that involves common parent mistakes and solutions.
- Videos would be really cool. I’m imagining videos of your baby’s milestones and funny moments.
- What about a mag designed FOR kids? My niece loves to look at pics on phone. What about Disney images, videos, & music?
- How to survive and thrive through the ‘terrible twos.’
- How to save money while meeting the needs of your children.
What are some creative ways new parents can use Flipboard Magazines?
- FLIP COMPOSE. Milestones & memories.
- Maybe a big brother/sister mag if there is a new baby. I have one mag that is just pics of my two Grandkids together.
- What about fun activities that your baby enjoys? Favorite shows, games, places, etc.
- With all the tools available, you can use it as a baby book, minus the lock of hair (with private setting).
- Could also make it like a YouTube playlist.
- Get together with other parents once a month and share one new, ‘tried-and-true’ Flipboard learning/experience.
- One with SoundCloud playlist of lullabies.
- Curate a Flipboard for each child with content you want them to know. Then talk to them about it!
How can new parents use the Compose tool to enhance their Flipboard magazines?
- Memories, thoughts, learnings and reminders of the type of parent you’d like to be (and the one you don’t want to be).
- Ask questions! I’d bet money that every new parent has a ton of questions. Let other parents help you.
- I would only do this with private mag, but you can add photos, and leave messages for the child to read when she’s older.
- Compose lets you add your own notes and journal items. Tell their story!
- Create a record of special events/memories and collective family ‘wishes’ for the future…how to make world better.
- Add commentary when adding articles to your mag.
How can new parents on Flipboard make use of group magazines?
- If you already have a trusted group of friends, work together to find resources.
- Decide who you want to contribute to your kid’s magazine and who you want to view it. Privacy options are yours!
- Private group mags can be a spinoff of playgroups. Keep in touch all through the week.
- Share all the “firsts” with videos, audio, images, etc.
- Work with classroom / daycare parents or moms/dads groups to sharing info.
- It would be a perfect way for a daycare teacher to communicate with parents!
- Work with a group to show the many ways to raise a child. Not one way is perfect and you can learn from other perspectives.
- I think it would be neat to see a group curated mag of parents of multiples, or who adopt from a different culture.
What can parents do with a Flipboard Magazine when they move beyond the “new” stage?
- CRAFTS! Can’t wait to paint with my daughter
- I think parents can keep the mag as is as a reference for other parents, or let it grow up with the kid.
- Keep updating that Flipboard Mag! Baby to toddler to preschooler to kindergartener and beyond!
- For school age children, parents can collaborate for year-end class mags (pics, videos, moments).
- You can use your baby mags as educational tools. Make them group mags with a new parent.
- A mag to keep a kid busy on a road trip. Mix some education in with some fun videos.
- A magazine devoted to their hobbies. I was a swimmer growing up and would have loved a magazine all about swimming.
~jdlv on behalf of the Flipboard Club