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.
May was a bit of an up-and-down month for me though and I took a bit of time out from blogging. As a result I did a little less blog reading and also forgot to save a few things I read and loved. So, this month I’ve only got 9 reads. But I’m sure I’ve had 11 a couple of times and these 9 are all fab so are as good as 10. Enjoy!
This post from DIY Daddy is something I read at the very beginning of May. It was just after the election has been announced and whilst we were still reeling from the Westminster attacks. But before we were faced with the Manchester and Borough Market atrocities…and then the general election. This post feels really relevant still…
On a happier note, I love this post from Squished Blueberries. Far too often these days we try and cram too much in. I regularly find myself wanting to step back and slow down. Louise tracks more of her journey on her blog.
I love almost all of Dawn’s posts but this one really made me chuckle. Not least because it sums up exactly how my life often goes… *sigh*
Lucy at Home is one of my favourite bloggers and this post really made me smile. It’s such a touching post and I confess to feeling the same when Little H holds my hand. I feel a bit empty when she wants to wander alone; I confess to making her hold my hand a bit further from the road than is necessary just because.
Five: The ‘Oh Shit Moment’
I think every mother will be able to relate to Catherine of Kids Versus Copy’s post. I remember my first “Oh sh*t” moment of motherhood. And they kept repeating for a long time. They are less frequent now but I doubt they will disappear, well, ever!
Squirmy Popple has proven herself to be a source of parenting wisdom. She hits another nail on the head with this one. I have often found myself calling Little H ‘bossy’ and I remember Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign. The think is, she often is being bossy. But I don’t want her to accept gender stereotyping when she’s older. Tricky.
Seven: The Stat Race
Another post from Dawn over at Rhyming with Wine. I became obsessed with stats at the end of last year even though I will never compete with the ‘big names’. I’ve stopped fussing over it now and ironically have had some more successful posts. Focusing on your own priorities is important.
Eight: Pushing Adulthood Away
Even though Little H is only two, this post from Just Saying Mum really made me think. You want your kids to grow and become self-sufficient. But it’s bittersweet as you also want them with you forever. Made me indulge in Little H a bit more after this.
Run, Jump, Scrap makes a fantastic point in this post. There is so much judging about anyone doing any kind of ‘training’ for their children when it comes to sleep. But sometimes little ones need a little bit of direction. We did some sleep training with Little H (controlled crying) and she adjusted with very little distress and was able to self settle from a young age. Although perhaps that was just fluke… But the point is still valid!