Here we go everyone – the highlight of your week. It’s Friday, it’s ten o’clock… it’s time for the Ten at Ten! *pauses for the cheers and applause*.
This week the best of the week’s posts have been selected by our guest editor Bex, from The Mummy Adventure. Have you met? Allow me to introduce you… Bex once did the race for life a week before having a baby, pushing a double buggy with a 2 and 3 year old in (seriously impressive fact, no?)! While travelling around the world she took a tiger for a walk on a lead in a temple, and she rather enjoys picking stuff up with her toes – her talents stretch to plates full of food or a coat (Disgusting? No. But definitely weird…)
And her favourite joke at the moment is:
We went to the zoo but there was only one dog – it was a shitzu
So; go find the biscuits and settle down with a Jaffa Cake or two to see what Bex chosen from the Tots100 interwebs this week
When I started writing I never imagined there was such a huge parent blogging community and I would meet so many wonderful people. I never imagined the opportunities and where my blog may take me. I am loving the experiences, the people and most importantly being able to share my thoughts and experiences with anyone who feels like reading it. My free time is no longer free as if I am not writing or tweeting I am reading. I have discovered some amazing blogs and struggle to keep up with them all. Anyway, without furthur ado here are MY ten at ten;
Being quite a new blogger myself, I wanted to highlight some of the fantastic new talent that is emerging. There are a few very well known blogs, lots of known blogs and thousands of unheard of treasures. My Two Mums are a lovely couple who are pregnant with their first child. They have recently learn the power of twitter . It is great to see the blogging community coming together with help and advice when it is needed.
Another new blogger, 3 Children And It writes a post reminding us to make time for ourselves . We all work hard as parents and we deserve to treat ourselves every now and again. Having an early night with a good book is top of my list – with wine – and cake. . .
Her Melness Speaks has written that your blog does not have to change the world. Mel was one of the best speakers I saw at Britmums Live and the session on Blogging for happiness was inspiring. I am lucky enough not to have coped with tragedy in my life so far and my reasons for writing are very different to many. Mel reminds us that they are no less valid because of this as long as we have a passion and a compelling reason as to why we write.
As always Ministry Of Mum makes me chuckle and her seasonal Why I am not an Olympic torch bearer post is brilliant. Looking after four children in the rain without losing one not even for a second deserves an Olympic medal rather than the torch! One is enough for me at the moment.
We have all fallen victim to the competitive parent and I was shocked last month to be asked if my ten month old was disabled as he was not crawling yet. Babberblog has posted about judgemental parents. Leave him some smart suggestions for comebacks if you can. I don’t need any as by 6 months Dylan could play piano to grade 6 and spell his full name – backwards!
I was lucky enough to have a straight-forward Labour but the lovely Alice has tweeted through hers – All 5 days of it! Finally on Tuesday night after 109 hours she got to meet her little man! She has blogged all through her labour and the difficulties and waits. Not something to read if your due date is imminent but I am stalking for the ‘He is here’ post after all the lovely photos on twitter
I’m not sure there are many out there who have not read the wonderful world of Natty in Downssideup but there is another wonderful post featuring a beautiful quote about special babies. Hayley is a truly inspirational mother and Natty was clearly chosen for her for this reason. Make sure you approach this blog with a large box of tissues.
Wednesday saw a family planning summit in London and bloggers across the country came together to tweet at David Cameron about a girl’s right to choose when she has children and how many. There are a few great posts written to draw attention to the matter and I enjoyed Dorky Mum’s. It is amazing what a difference we can make if we work together and parent bloggers are not to be underestimated.
A post by Violet’s Diary got me thinking about the things we take for granted. One thing I love about having a squishy little boy is the cuddles. He may not want one in the middle of playtime but when he gets tired he just wants to snuggle in. Children with Aspergers are not so physically affectionate and Violet has missed out on some of those times we take for granted. She writes here about B asking her for a cuddle and it really gets you thinking about those moments insignificant to everyone else but just perfect to you.
And finally a post from The Boy and Me about the choices we make bringing up our children . I know as a youngster I was adamant I would do everything differently to my mum but motherhood changed that completely and I would now love to bring the boy up the way I was. TBAM asks whether we are developing likes for them but I like to think we are just opening their eyes to the possibilities