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’m going to open with one of two posts this month by Alana over at Burnished Chaos. Every week she shares an inspiring and motivating mantra. This one really struck a chord at the start of the month because sometimes the only way you can get yourself to do something is by ‘pretending’ until you prove to yourself that you can!
Alana’s second post to make it into my top 10 reads this month is one that I absolutely believe in. I started my Gratitude Journal in January 2016 for this very reason and it has without a doubt changed my mindset and my life. (A bit of shameless promo – you can read my new monthly ‘Reasons I am grateful‘ series to hear what I’ve been appreciative of each month.)
Three: To Work or Not To Work
A couple of ‘working parent’ posts now, the first by Frankly Vicky. The decision to return to work after becoming a mother is a tough one. I really enjoyed Vicky’s post because it so well calls out the difficult compromises every mother has to make.
When you’ve made the decision to go back to work, it’s hard to admit that it’s not working in the way you want. Bridget at Bridie by the Sea has made the brave decision to step away from her London commuter job and try and build her blog into an income. A hard step for her but something that shows real courage and made me think that we need to follow our gut.
Having suffered a couple of ‘judging’ moments for starting to wean Little H 2-3 weeks before the sacred 6 month marker, this really hit a nerve. There is too much judging about when and how people choose to feed their babies. That Run, Jump, Scrap felt the need to keep weaning quiet is really telling of our society today.
I always love Squirmy Popple‘s posts. This one interested me though because I wonder what I would have done if I hadn’t had to wean my daughter’s last morning feed so I could go back to work.
Seven: 8 Reasons Why I Love Anxiety
I’m prone to periods of anxiety. Nothing ever as severe as Kerry over at Don’t Drop the Baby, but severe enough to induce physical symptoms and medical side-effects. But I love the positive spin on put on anxiety in this post and I think they are all true!
Eight: Intrepid Bebe asks: Katie, who shares what it was like to be a new mum diagnosed with breast cancer
This story shared by Intrepid Bebe moved me so much. I cannot imagine how scary it must have been for her friend Katie to battle breast cancer with two young children. It put life and my problems into perspective for me and inspired me to remember that I need to be strong and face into any problem.
A lighter post now. For all those with toddlers at home, Surrey Mama has some great tips and tricks for keeping them entertained. I am definitely going to try some of these out with Little H!
Ten: Creatures of habit
I’m ending on this post from Mum Muddling Through which I absolutely loved. I’ve had husband and family tell me I mollycoddle Little H by doing things like warming her milk. But as this post well-argues, little people are people none the less. And when I like to have a cup of tea made ‘just so’ on my Cath Kidson Union Flag mug…why can’t my daughter have warmed milk in the blue beaker rather than cold in the pink???!