Welcome to my monthly feature in which I share some of my favourite online articles for the month. I read a lot of blog posts and articles online and whilst I share a lot of them through tweets, it’s easy to miss them and hard to come back to them at another time. This is a list of my top ten reads for the month, a mixture of formal news articles and blog posts. Enjoy!
I was drawn to this post by Little Oat Tree because of the title. Back when Little H was Baby H, we did ‘Sing and Sign’ classes. It took a lot of time but eventually she signed. She only ever learnt the basics (‘milk’ and ‘please’ being the main ones) but it helped us communicate before she learnt to talk. I don’t think she’s learnt to talk any quicker than her peers but signing definitely helped to relieve frustration for a time. Plus it was fun! This post is great because it has an interview with Dr Emily Nordmann from the University of Aberdeen to dispel some myths and call out the benefits!
Liz Dashwood made me chuckle with the article about her friend who just became a dad. A woman giving birth is a miraculous and (even having been through it) a seemingly impossible thing. I wish I’d had this kind of awe and respect. Oh and the sedan chair with cushions!
In a similar vein to the last post, this one made me chuckle. It was so beautifully accurate for me! Of everything, the final ‘Reality’ made me laugh the most. That and the Liz Climo pic at the end which I’ve also snuck in here. (If you’ve never seen Liz Climo before then check her out! I love her pics, and Rory the Dinosaur is adorable!)
I think we undervalue children and families as a country. The whole ‘children are seen and not heard’ feels to still be part of the overall mantra. But they are our future so let’s stop making parents feel isolated and like a burden and give all families some help. This post from Squirmy Popple captures the general position of so many so clearly. It’s really upsetting.
This post really resonated with me. I am naturally a very neurotic and paranoid person. I also have got a lot more fatalistic since becoming a mother. So a lot of what Don’t Drop the Baby talks about here I can really relate to.
What My Fridge Says has featured in my “Top 10′ at least two times before now because she, quite frankly, writes awesome posts that deal with often serious topics in an amusing an engaging way. This post is no different. I believe we all have a responsibility to control our diet. Sure you might love chocolate cake and fries, but as an adult you can choose to not eat them everyday. This is a great read!
I’m a naturally competitive person and have always been goal driven. So over the years I have often spent life targeting a ‘goal’ for the sake of it or because I feel I should. Only in recent years since losing mum when she still too young, and becoming a mother myself, I have been focusing on what makes me happy in life. The Mum Project captures this approach to life wonderfully here. I think society needs to take a reality check personally…
I’m a massive fan of Sarah over at Tammy Mum; I love her posts and this one is no exception. Being a parent is hard. You want to have a happy relationship with your children but to raise decent people that’s not always possible. Our role is to keep them in check all the time until they are old enough to take responsibility for themselves!
The Mum Project features for a second time with this wonderful open letter to the new U.S. president. Hilary was no saint, but Trump being in power scares me. It was interesting to read the views from the perspective of an American too. I only hope Trump reads this and makes wise decisions…
A double bubble for Squirmy Popple too this month. I am also rubbish at social media. I try my hardest but I don’t want to spend much of my free time on my phone dealing with it. All respect to those that do, but it ain’t gonna happen for me. It reassured me to know I’m not alone!