I’m a litle late with this month’s installment due to a loss of ‘blogging mojo‘. I almost abandoned it but these posts are so awesome that I wanted to share them. So, 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!
One: Big Giirls DO cry
I read this post from The Mum Reviews and all I could think was “Yes. YES!”. I seem to cry all the time these days. But it does make me feel better!
I hope Little H won’t experience significant loss during her childhood. But even for less traumatic life events, there were some really good tips in this NY Times post from Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg.
I love Lucy’s posts and this was another great one. Mum’s more than anyone I know are guilty of putting themselves last. It’s so true though that, eventually, not looking after ourselves means we are also not able to look after the one’s we love properly. So grab a cuppa, chuck a film on / run a hot bath, turn the phone on to silent (no social media!) and look after yourself for an hour or two!
Fran is always posting about her dedicated fitness regime. It never fails to motivate or guilt me into exercising when I am being lazy. Here she gives 5 great reasons about why exercising is good for you. Yet again reminding me to try and get back into a proper routine!
It was nice to read this post from JakiJellz and realise I’m not alone. Even though I know most parents will live like this, it felt reassuring to see it written in black-and-white. Recently I confess I have been cutting a few things out of my days to give myself a bit more headspace. As much as I enjoy engaging with the blogging community through Linky’s for example, I have linked up to a few less so I have a bit of breathing space. It’s helped!
Six: Pursuing Peace
Whilst I am not a religious person, the sentiment of this post from Whisper to Roar absolutely resonated with me. I love her six points towards the end of thing that she is going to focus on. I have started to try and do more of these too.
Seven: Who’s the ‘softer’ parent?
This post from Dad’s Turn really made me smile. I love that the winner of all of it was his little one. I did a quick assessment of life in our house and I think Sam and I are fairly equal – we’re soft and strict on different things. Little H is definitely going to cotton on to this soon and play us off against each other…
This is such a thought provoking post from the lovely Sarah over at Tammy Mum. I have really mixed views. I don’t agree that parents should disrupt the education of others in the class which will inevitably happen if a child is taken out for more than a day-or-two mid-term. Sure one child is fine but what if all parents did it across the term?! But the last couple of days of term? Not such a big deal maybe. And something needs to be done about the excessive price hike during summer.
I have never read a post by What My Fridge Says which I haven’t loved and really resonated with. How this woman does it every single time she writes I have no idea. This one was particularly relevant for me because I find Mother’s Day incredibly hard, even though I am a mother myself. It reminded me how you often grow more as a person through bad experiences than good. And that at times when I feel alone in my grief, I’m not.
It made me sad that Laura needed to write this post in a way. It was harsh reminder that social media is still very much able to cause damage and stress. Of course nobody, Laura included, sets out to do that. Many people don’t want to air their dirty laundry. Or they only want to focus on the positive in life. But others then assume that means those people never experience the negative and start to self-question. This post wonderful calls out that we are all more or less the same, we just choose to show different views of our lives!