Welcome to another Ten at Ten, the weekly round-up of our ten favourite posts from the Tots100 index of UK parent blogs during the past week.
This week, in a bit of a break from tradition, we’ve got 11 blog posts. And one of them isn’t a Tots100 blogger – or even British, come to that. But I thought this post from an Australian blogger was really interesting.
Cate, the author of I’ll Think of a Title Later, says she is quitting being a Mummy blogger – she’s not interested in fitting into a marketing demographic, she wants to write what she thinks, not what a brand dictates, and she’s too old to write about toddlers and first days at school.
It’s a great post – and well worth a read. I nodded my head in parts, and muttered in disagreement at others – I’d love to know what you think.
From my experience of British Mummy and Daddy bloggers, I think we’re a hugely diverse, interesting, outspoken and accepting community. One of my favourite things about running the Tots100 is seeing all the different ways that women (and men) choose to blog.
Whenever someone approaches me with a tired stereotype about “Mummy bloggers” and how it’s all freebies and potty training, I love being able to point those people to this site, and challenging them to find a more diverse, vibrant community of bloggers.
This week, then, I wanted to share some of that diversity with you – to let you read some of the blogs I read this month, as I trawled through the tables. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.
First up this week, I loved this post from Lissy Lou about Ten Things I Know. Beautiful pictures and thanks to this blog, I now have another addiction to rival Pinterest – weheartit.com
Another beautiful post this week from The World is a Beautiful Place. I defy anyone to feel cold, or not to be excited about the arrival of the new season when looking at this beautiful, beautiful photos in Squashy Love. There might be a recipe or something in there, too. I didn’t really notice.
Next, I wanted to share this great seasonal post from Jude over at Artful Adventures – if I was more talented, I’d definitely want to try this Halloween scanner art project with my six-year-old.
Blogging is a wonderful way to see how other parents approach the tricky moments in family life, and I was intrigued by the approach to handling anger on this post by Here We Are Together. Giving kids an ‘anger puff’ and making anger something tangible they can talk about looks really fun – and I’m a big fan of anything with fangs and wings, regardless.
Parent bloggers are often asked to review products with our family and I speak from experience when I say it can sometimes be a challenge to find something new to say about a familiar product – like chocolate. No such problems for Joanne Mallon, though, who has written one of my favourite reviews of the year. I’m still not sure I could eat what her family came up with, though.
Being a parent can be fun, and brilliant, and fulfilling. But some days it’s also hard, and lonely and frustrating. By blogging about their experiences, these writers help parents just like them to feel less alone – to be supported by strangers who they may never meet. I never stop marvelling at what an amazing thing that is.
Claire at Being a Mummy this week wondered when life stopped being fun. When you’re balancing working, marriage, friends, children and pregnancy things can seem very grey – even while you’re counting your blessings. What’s your advice for adding some fun into life when you have very real things to worry about?
Shortly after reading Claire’s post, I read this post over at Planet Autism about happiness. Jean ponders whether, as we become more removed from the simple act of living, it becomes harder to find happiness. And sometimes having a child with autism is a great reminder of how to happy – just because we’re here.
I also loved this post from Peggy at Perfectly Happy Mum who cheerfully admits that her half-term break has been joyfully lazy. Quite right, too – why is it we’re so keen to always keep our kids occupied with some activity or other?
Earlier this week, I tracked a conversation on Twitter where someone was deriding Mummy bloggers. “I don’t read Mummy bloggers, anyway, I’ve no interest in potty training,” they said. Except parent bloggers aren’t just Mums and Dads to babies – and proud parent moments don’t just happen in the early years.
I loved this post over on Classroom Free about the very special pride parents feel when teenagers start showing their independence and confidence in the wider world – as one of Julia’s teenagers heads off for a college interview.
Of course, just as blogs capture our happiest moments, sometimes they capture the sad moments, too. I wanted to finish this week with a mention of Jo over at Life in Windermere, who passed away on October 23rd. Over the past three years, Jo’s blog has been a moving story of her battle with cancer, and her amazing ability to defy medical predictions, but first and foremost it’s a record of a rich family life. Condolences to all of Jo’s family and friends.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading some of this week’s posts and don’t forget – we’re always looking for bloggers to take a turn in our guest editor’s seat, and share ten great posts with our members. Do leave a comment if you’re interested! Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you again next Friday with some more great blogs.