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Writing Prompt: The New Yorker for Mothers

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In her essay The New Yorker for Mothers, Becki Melchione writes about the unusual way in which new motherhood left her forever altered:

"I knew I had officially become a parent when my subscription to The New Yorker disappeared and Brain, Child took its place. My twins were seventeen weeks old. I can't say that I didn't see it coming. Within weeks of that first positive pregnancy test, reading for enjoyment became a luxury."

Has having a child changed your reading habits? Do you mourn the loss of your pre-parenthood regular reading material, or have you - like Becki - found a new favorite read, since the arrival of your child?

Submit a 500-word response to this writing prompt by March 17th for feedback from our editors. Please mail it to LMreflectionsATliterarymamaDOTcom and note "Writing Prompt" in your subject line. Our favorites will be published on the blog.

Heidi Scrimgeour is a 30-something freelance writer. She hails from England but swapped the bright lights of London for the beautiful Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland, where she lives with her husband and their two rambunctious sons. Since receiving her first rejection letter from a publisher at the tender age of seven, Heidi has been possessed with a determination to one day become a successful novelist. Meanwhile, she writes for a wide range of national newspapers and consumer magazines (, and blogs in a feisty fashion at

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