For 73 weeks now, we’ve been bringing you 10 fab blog posts from the Mum and Dad bloggers of the Tots100. But this one – weep – is the final one. From next week, we’ll be bringing you something new for a Friday morning.
We’ve made the change because our new Share a Post feature allows our members to share their favourite posts with us easily, and means EVERYONE can be a part of our website, rather than waiting to be picked by our guest editor.
So, our final 10 at 10 comes courtesy of Helen at Crumbs and Pegs who has written some fabulous recommendations for you this week!
I decided to use my spot as guest editor for the pleasurable task of exploring some blogs that I’d not read before. This was, potentially, a dangerous exercise. I knew I would stumble across superb writing that would put my own sporadically updated blog to shame. Would what I found encourage me to write more or would I feel like hanging up my keyboard in fear of never being able to match up? That’s the risk I took for you, comrades, and here’s what I found …
I’m finding it hard to believe that my little girl turns 4 next week so it was a delight to read And Then All I Thought About Was You’s post about her son approaching the same age. It’s reassuring to know that my daughter’s toy mania is entirely normal, but slightly alarming that someone can have birthday presents ready a month in advance. I’m hitting the internet with only 5 days to go!
Talking of presents and toys, Not My Year Off manages to put neatly into words what we’d all like to say to the ‘Toy People’ (but with far fewer swearwords and less threats of physical violence).
My 18-month-old is relatively new to nursery and his older sister has just been deserted by all her best nursery pals leaving for school so Mother.Wife. Me’s feeling of being “the meanest mummy in the world” struck a chord. How do we balance teaching our children independence whilst fighting an overwhelming urge to keep them safely wrapped in our arms?
Continuing the nursery theme, I came across The Adventures of Sonny and Luca’s vivid depiction of Parent versus Toddler at the nursery gate. We’ve all had the desertion guilt laid on us by someone half our size – generally safe in the knowledge that in reality they’ve had a blinkin’ good time with their mates.
As much as I love my kids, there are some things they’ve given me that I’m desperate to be rid of, ie The Belly. As a novice runner I found Mum of Three World’s running tips for mums refreshingly sensible. Plus – at last – someone considers the toilet situation! And squeeze …
My ‘little baby’ days are now gone so I love reading blogs that record other parents’ early days and reliving the memories – good and bad! I clenched my teeth and held my breath for Asleep Awake and her biting baby. (The things we endure.)
It wasn’t the Beckham pants shot that sold Mommy Has a Headache’s post on raising kids abroad to me. No, really. If you can, get those pants out of your dirty, dirty mind – this is one very funny lady.
“You could have done better today.” If you’ve never had that thought then what’s your secret? Five’s A Fellowship manages to capture powerfully a feeling common to many parents. Thankfully, like all good fairy tales, there’s a happy ending.
What do your kids listen to in the car? Any votes for Who Let the Dogs Out? Try putting that on repeat on a long journey and coming out the other side. Stressy Mummy runs us through what makes the speakers in her car shake. Boom shack-a-lack!
And finally, Mummy Cool’s ‘Things I have learned this week’ – a September Ten at Ten couldn’t be without a back to school related post. Mummy Cool proves that school is as much about lessons for the parents as it is lessons for the kids. Relieve that back to school stress with a hearty chuckle.