Exciting News! Plus a Bittersweet Goodbye

Twenty-six years ago, I was pregnant with my first daughter and I had a crazy wonderful idea. That idea was a free parenting magazine that would help all parents (including myself) learn how to be good parents and to be able to find free or low-cost places in our amazing community that we could enjoy as a family. That idea became Parent & Family and it would later develop a very important mission statement:  “to improve the lives of children by educating parents.” That wonderful idea became my “third child,” as I used to say, and I put my whole heart into this creation.
When my second daughter was born, I was so very lucky to have the amazing Pam Leo as my “after birth doula.” I know of no other person who has brought more love and education to all new parents than Pam. She has taught me so much and I am so grateful to be able to call her my friend. She showed me the gift of “wearing your baby” which for me was a game changer! My little newborn craved that connection well into her toddler years!

Now, 26 years later, I have just watched my beautiful 26-year-old daughter marry her new husband. It seems fitting to me that as she is starting her new life journey I am also starting a new phase of my life journey. This July/August 2021 issue will be my last issue as the Owner & Publisher of Parent & Family. It is definitely a bittersweet time in my life. I have loved producing Parent & Family for you and I feel so proud of all that it has accomplished. I feel so very proud to have been its creator. I have also learned so much as a parent from all the amazing people that I have been blessed to work with.

I am grateful to all the amazing writers and educators who selflessly provided all of our top-notch parenting education. We could not have existed this long without you. I also have had the best advertising clients in the whole state! Some who have been with me from day one and who continue to support our small business; even through this crazy pandemic year. I can’t even begin to tell you how thankful I am for all your trust in P&F and for spending your advertising money in our product. Again, we couldn’t have done it without you! There have been many part-time and full-time sales associates who have gone out into the communities and shared with businesses how their business could grow and be more visible by being a part of P&F. I am also grateful to all of them because as a small-business, we only survived by the ads that we sold and not only did we survive — we have thrived!
It has been a long process but I feel that I have found someone who believes in how important and how special the mission of P&F really is. I am happy to say that Reade Brower will be the new owner of the Parent & Family magazine. You may recognize his name as the owner of many other local magazines and newspapers. During our conversation I learned how Reade got started in the newspaper business and how he still has a passion for print media. He also believes in the small publications and wants to see these small businesses be able to survive and continue to do what they do best. I am so grateful that Reade believes in Parent & Family and his team will help our team continue to provide all the best information available. Going forward, I believe that his team will help grow and expand P&F into more communities in our state.

I am happy that all the other faces will remain the same. Jen Buckley will be taking over the full Editorial role from me and Laura Burchill will remain our wonderful and patient graphic designer! I know that Jen will continue to do an amazing job and you can rest assured that her mission for the paper will stay the same as always. I can’t wait to see what they will have for us in the future!

As for me, I am going to be taking a little time off to relax and regroup. That wedding planning was stressful! Then I will be starting off on my new adventure. My formal training is as a graphic designer, which I have parlayed into jewelry design as well. I will be starting to expand my design knowledge and the quality of my pieces for sale on my websites. Feel free to check them out and maybe you will even see something that you like: www.funkymangodesigns.etsy.com or www.cancerfreeme.etsy.com.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me live this dream for all these years while raising my daughters and thank you for continuing to support the “best little paper that could...”
   Love and blessings to you all,
    The Towle Family