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!
These ‘lessons’ covered in this post really resonated with me. They are all so obvious once written down but probably not things I had specifically thought about. Talking Mums sums them up really well though.
This article I came across on the New York Times site actually really shocked and upset me. I’m not naive to the financial struggles some people go to. But the realities people face – having to choose between trying to get their children to learn to eat vegetables vs. just making sure they eat the little food they have – is chilling. It’s made me very grateful for my situation in life.
Following the eating theme, this study shows that fussy eaters are not caused by parents. It goes on to say that parents can help discourage fussy behaviour by gently persisting in offering rejected foods. But we can all take solace in the fact that when the toddler throws the cooked meal on the floor and demands yoghurt…it’s not our fault! Phew.
Four: The green eyed Mumster
On a more amusing note, this blog post from Mum Muddling Through so wonderfully sums up the feelings of mum jealousy we all experience from those instagram-ed filtered photos of beautifully groomed children on a sunny holiday!
Little H is rapidly approaching 2 but I’m pretty sure she hit the Terrible Twos a month or so ago. Or more likely, as this hilarious post about parenting a Threenager has shown me, I’ve got a lot more dramas and tantrums to come! Thanks to A Mum Track Mind for sharing her sister’s experiences!
I love this post from Winnettes. I worry about how I will raise Little H in the complex world we live in. I want her to feel equal to those around her, be they male or female. But I also want her to feel free to do what is right for her and free to speak her mind without being inconsiderate to others. This post really hit the mark for me!
Seven: The Domestic Feminist
Where the previous post talks about raising girls in the modern world, this post from Island365 brilliantly captures the challenges of women today. The instinct for many to be with their children but the need to show they aren’t ‘conforming’ to old stereotypes by staying at home. When in reality, it’s all about choice. If you haven’t read it then really do!
Okay, I’m cheating slightly with this because it’s actually a video. But I came across it in a Huffington Post article so I figure I can get away with it. Following the ‘feminist’ theme of the previous post this is an amusing little sketch showing the unequal treatment women get in the workplace!
My entire career has been in Technology. My company actually has a better-than-average number of women. But it’s still small, especially in more technical disciplines. I’m a massive supporter of getting more girls into STEM subjects. Before having Little H, I taught a computing class at lunchtimes to 9 – 10 year olds at a school near my office. I never gave a second thought to studying Maths at Uni and then moving into Tech. But for some it’s daunting and unappealing. I love these perspectives from leading women in STEM about what the world would be like if we had more gender balance.
Picture used with permission of What My Fridge Says
To end on a positive note, I love this post from What My Fridge Says which is a great reminder to try and excude happiness and positivity; Rather than looking at the negative and pulling peopple down with you. Look at your life and I’m certain there are things to be happy about so focus on those and let the bad stuff wash by you!