My Top 10 Online Reads #5

Top10OnlineReadsWelcome 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!

  1. Why I Paid for the Meningitis B Vaccine: This is a fantastic post from Me and B Make Tea. We paid for Little H to have the vaccine privately too because Meningitis can have devastating consequences. The only thing I wish is that some sort of means-tested subsidy was offered for parents of children under 5 who can’t afford to pay for it. It’s not cheap!;
  2. A reminder letter to myself—stop losing sleep over your children’s sleep: Little H is still prone to waking in the night at least once. It’s not usually for long anymore (aside from during recent illness) but I am still surprised when I get to sleep through myself. But I try not to dwell on it when friends say they never hear a peep from their toddle. This post from Queen of my Castle really captured some of my feelings on the subject;
  3. How To Trust Yourself As A Mother: Being a parent (well certainly a mother – which is the only experience I have!) is tough. There is so much advice out there that sometimes I find myself doubting what I am doing. There were some really wise and interesting words in this article by Kirsten Toyne;
  4. Toddler-led potty training: It’s totally a thing: I recently bought a potty for Little H. I just had a feeling she might be in a place to start building an association between that and the toilet. But I hadn’t really contemplated how we’d actually potty train. This post from Muma on the Edge appeared at exactly the right time. Everything else we’ve done with H has been driven by her. I’m now wondering if potty training should be too;
  5. 5 Sure Fire Ways to Stop The After School Attitude: Little H isn’t at school yet, obviously. But there were parts of this article from Dirt and Boogers which really rang true for her, for me, for Sam, for the behaviour of anyone close to me. Worth a quick read to understand why some people lash out;

    “When things get hard, we fall apart on the people we feel safest with.”

  6. How cultures around the world think about parenting: I bookmarked this ages ago but only just read it. It was fascinating to read about the way children are raised in different cultures. Whilst the comparisons are drawn against US parenting, there are many learns with UK parenting too;
  7. Women at the White House have started using a simple, clever trick to get heard: I love the simple tip this article covers. In the workplace it often feels like women are up against each other. If only more of us could naturally start doing this to help each other progress together;
  8. New Mothers Need More Than Just Employment Protection: This post from Mother Distracted really resonated with me. I don’t think that mothers (or any employee returning from an extended absence) is given enough emotional support. Certainly parents or those who have taken a break to be a carer will find returning to the workplace a massive shock to the system. There is certainly more mentoring and support companies could provide;
  9. What counts as exercise: I used to exercise regularly. Since having Little H, I have found it harder to fit in the sessions alongside everything else I want to do. But I know exercise is important – I want to be fit. But by redefining what exercise is in my head (it’s always been 30mins+ of intense cardio or a full weights session) I actually feel like I am doing enough again. This post from Laura Agar Wilson helps to do this;
  10. Motivational Quotes: 5 of my favourites: There are some great quotations in here. What I love this most is that My Random Musings hasn’t picked conventional quotes either, taking things from modern films, authors or fashion designers. It also includes one of my favourite quotations:

    “Do or do not do. There is no try.” – Yoda

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
The Pramshed

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (6 & 3). I'm a Gardener, houseplant obsessed and addicted to tea. By day I work in tech and also look after my littles. I'm trying to get our family to live a more sustainable life. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Instagram for mainly plant spam. Hope you enjoy reading!

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