Welcome to the Party!
This month, Birmingham Parent celebrates parties, especially birthday parties for kids! However, many of the ideas in this issue could be great for family celebrations of other types like reunions, team parties, scouts, church or camps and much more!
We hope you’ll enjoy this issue and keep it all year for a party idea ANY time of year! And remember you can always access back issues of Birmingham Parent at www.birminghamparent.com.
We haven’t forgotten Dad this month. June is special also because of Father’s Day, so be sure to check out our story by Pam Molnar, “Ten Things We Didn’t Know about Fatherhood” on page 34. It’s a cool read.
And on a very serious note, be sure to read Stephanie Rodda’s “Childhood Trauma Triggers” on page 22. For anyone who has been through trauma as a child themselves, or has a child who has, this is an informative piece you won’t want to miss. It’s all true – every time I smell certain smells, I think of my mom, my grandma, a friend, and those are good memories for me. But for some, those smells and other reminders are triggers for things that aren’t so pleasant to recall. This story explains this phenomena and ways to cope.
Don’t miss our July issue of Birmingham Parent when we’ll announce all the winners of our annual Family Favorites Awards, one of the longest running contests of this type in the Birmingham area. You don’t want to miss it! We’ll also include our second annual Childcare and Preschool Guide, another “don’t miss” for those with little ones!
Have a great summer!
Carol Muse Evans
Member, Alabama Media Professionals and National Federation of Press Women, member of SAPA
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ABOUT THE EDITORS: Carol Muse Evans is publisher/editor/owner of Birmingham Parent magazine, a publication she and her husband David began in 2004. The Birmingham, Alabama-based parenting publication attracts more than 60,000 readers monthly in a four-county area and receives 10,000 hits per month on its website. The magazine has a 20,000+ print circulation, plus several thousand in readership of the digital edition online. It is the only independently audited free publication in our area, Evans is an award-winning writer and editor who has also has written for several other publications as a freelance writer since the late 80s. She is a graduate of Auburn University in journalism and is a graduate of Scottsboro High School. She is married with two grown children and lives in Alabaster. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Alabama Media Professionals and Southeastern Advertisers and Publishers Association (SAPA).
Lori Chandler Pruitt is associate editor of Birmingham Parent, where she is responsible for the calendar and editorial editing. She also is a freelancer for Business Alabama magazine and has written/edited for several other publications. is award-winning writer and editor is a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children.