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. I’ll confess upfront that this month I have actually included 11 – I just couldn’t choose which one to cull so thought it was only right to share them all. Enjoy!
- UK mums and dads are worst in developed world at sharing childcare: A really interesting read about the disparity which still exists in the UK, even more so than other countries;
- Want To Raise Really Smart Kids? Science Says Do This: An interest and different perspective on how to encourage and praise kids to help them develop, by basically not making a big deal out of much!;
- Raising children in a violent world: As H gets older and her independence grows, so do my fears about something happening to her. Island365 really captures the fears of many parents so well in this post;
- I’ve been feeling a little bit lost: I think most mum’s must have felt like Our Fairytale Adventure and she sums up trying to find yourself again after becoming a mother so well in this post;
- What are your greatest regrets?: This article isn’t a short one but it really lends some perspective to life and makes you think about what is really important amongst all the dross that we distact ourselves with. One that really hit a nerve was on ‘Parenting’:
“I have but one regret: the time I did not spend with my children when they were young.”
- The backlash against the clean eating & wellness movement: I’m all for eating healthily and for cutting out things from your diet which don’t sit well with you as a person (I’m a pescatarian after all). But the ‘clean eating’ trend just feels to be going to excess now and I really relate to this post from Laura Agar Wilson which points out that clean eating implies everything else (like bread and dairy) is ‘dirty’ food, which is definitely isn’t!;
- How to spend less time on your phone and more with your kids: We all do this, even people without children. As a parent I think it’s easy to use your phone as a way to feel connected to other adults. Great, but don’t let it result in ignoring your children. A brilliant post from Naptime Natter.
- The 3-Second Pause that Can Save a Morning and Spare Some Pain: I think it’s become a common thing for people to just react immediately in the modern day. But as this post points out, just taking a breath and assessing the situation can actually help you react in a different way with a better outcome;
- A Nice Cup Of Tea: As you know, I am a tea lover so after some of the heavier reading in the posts listed so far, this is a nice bit of light relief from Babi a Fi with some top facts about my favourite beverage!
- All I want to do is take a shower: This post from Hello Archie really struck a nerve because of the extra panic she feels about her son after losing her brother. Losing Mum has made me the same with H. It really starts to express the extra burden it places upon you when you lose a very close loved-one.
- What motherhood means to…Big Trouble in Little Nappies: A regular post on Motherhood The Real Deal which I thought was just beautiful. One of the last lines really stuck with with me:
“It is long days and short years, it is exhausting, it is exhilarating, it is everything.”