Letter from the Editor February 2014

Rachel Kalina

I recently hit my seven-year mark at PARENTGUIDE News, where the first role I held was assistant editor during a time when journalism was a well-defined field. Since I've been at the magazine, the way readers consume information has dramatically shifted. Websites went from simple supplements for print publications to vastly complex resources, and we now discover the bulk of our news via social media, blogs, smartphones, and tablets.

Throughout these adaptations, PARENTGUIDE News has kept its finger on the pulse of change. In seven years, we started a Facebook page and a Pinterest account, and we began to "tweet." Our website, too, has continued to evolve. In fact, you may have already noticed its fresh new look! An easier-to-use interface highlights the very best in parenting content, from in-depth articles and blog posts to family-friendly products and tons of exciting prizes.

Also seek great giveaways in the February issue's WoMom, In Season, and Update columns, and enter to win the Big Smooch Photo Contest for a selection of fantastic prizes. Education takes the forefront in this month's directory, which lists top schools and resources. Are you familiar with the terms STEM and STEAM in regard to academics? Author Rebecca Hill explains how these acronyms fit into curriculums to the benefit of students in "Full STEAM Ahead."

The issue also demonstrates how parents of children with special needs can encourage their social skills in "Playdates with Peers." Monica Holloway's article focuses on tips to foster successful playdates for children with autism.

Get comfortable, because there's plenty to learn in the pages to come. And when you power up your nearest device, check out the new style at www.parentguidenews.com. No matter the medium, PARENTGUIDE News has it covered.

Stay warm and cozy,


Rachel Kalina
Editor-in-Chief