farewell, Cookie magazine

Say it ain’t so, Conde Nast. As of yesterday afternoon, Cookie magazine will cease publication. This came in the same week that Noggin changed its name to Nick Jr., and it feels a little bit like losing Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson on the same day.

I had a very complicated relationship with Cookie. I was a subscriber who eagerly devoured each issue. I also found it depressing, in that the lifestyle it represented was one I never had in the first place, let alone one I could dream of reattaining now that I had three kids. But the moms in Cookie made it all look so simple, and that was the worst part. I would tell myself that if I just worked a little harder, I might be like them– then I would remember that to be like them, nothing is supposed to seem hard. Every time I read Cookie I felt less relaxed, and then I felt even worse about myself because if I ever wanted to be a Stylish Parent, nonchalance had to come first.

How about you? Did you read Will you miss Cookie? Will you mourn the passing of the glamorous, acquisitive “new mom” that it profiled?

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Micheep October 8, 2009 at 6:59 pm

As a mother of two and former Cookie subscriber, I understand your love/hate relationship with the mag. Personally, I saw the publication as more of a modern “haute couture” glimpse at parenting and style. Just like a runway look, the thoughts and ideals whipped up in Cookie are seldom—if never—fully implemented in real life. I hate the thought of readers feeling terrible about themselves for not being able to live up to such extremes, no matter how simple the mag made them seem. One must have the strength to stay planted in reality and to not take such personal offense at not being able to achieve such ridiculous standards. Surely we can applaud ourselves for our achievments instead of continuously believeing that we can never do enough? It is the same I would imagine with Martha Stewart Living, Vogue and Cosmopolitan readers—women are unable to keep up with all the living, style and sex initiatives that jump up off the page and at them every month. All in moderation. Pick and choose. Modify and be sensible. Or better yet: truly make your own rules and be done with those types of magazines forever. But whatever you do, don’t be made to feel as though you are inferior for not adhering to a particular formula in life. That’s simply sad.


Stephanie October 9, 2009 at 2:54 am

I never read Cookie, but I felt the same way about Family Fun. Who had time for all those crafts? I later found out that my friend Carla is EXACTLY like the Family Fun Mom's, and she'll still have time at the end of the day to make homemade biscotti. I have no envy or animosity. OK, maybe just a little envy. But when I get too hard on myself, I just read a little Annie Lamott.


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