Thanks for joining me for Day Four of Blogmas, where I bring you the best blog posts of 2013 according to you! If this is your first time here, you’ve got some catching up to do. On Monday, I picked my favorite posts from all of the submissions. On Tuesday, I gathered up the funniest posts in the lot. On Wednesday, there were posts to give you a little perspective. Today we focus on…
I had an overwhelming number of posts to read that were about motherhood. Mostly motherhood. And a few on being a dad. Parenting is something I think about and question each and every single day. It’s no wonder that many of you feel the same way.
From all over the parenting map, I give you some of the most awesome parenting posts from 2013.
Best Reminder That We’re Not #EpicFailureMoms by Nicole Hempeck at Moments That Define Life
Parenting is a hard job and sometimes all it takes it a little reminder for us to remember why we don’t quit.
Post Most Likely to Make You Love Folding Your Clothing This Week by Patty Scott at Hearts Homeward
With one child, it seems like the laundry is neverending. With larger families, I can’t even imagine. But Patty reminds us that scattered laundry is more than just another chore to be managed. It’s a reminder of what we’re surrounded by and a reminder to appreciate it.
Best Post on How to Not Raise Spoiled Brats by Sarah Hughes at Finnegan and the Hughes
Are manners a lost art? Does your child know to hold the door open for someone? Do they know to be courteous to their elders? If that all sounds a little old-fashioned, it’s because it is. And Sarah and I agree that it’s what we need to raise good citizens.
Best Quick-And-Simple Mantra For Parenting… And Life by MLP at I Miss You When I Blink
Reading this post right after the last one gives me a little hope for humanity. Maybe I should introduce ML to Sarah. Or maybe we should all start a commune and raise brave, kind, and wise children and keep them all to ourselves.
Best Post by a Mom Who Knows Pretty Much Everything About Nothing At All by Amanda Rodriguez at Dude Mom
Amanda’s been doing the mom thing for about 12 years now. If she’s learned anything, it’s being a dude mom is all about teaching life lessons with a healthy dose of humor.
Best Post for When You’re Tired of Reading Blogs from Perfect Mothers by Dianna Kennedy at The Kennedy Adventures
If I didn’t know Dianna, I would think we could totally hang out after reading this post. But I do know here and we have. We’re birds of a feather (minus a bunch of kids) and when I feel bad putting my kid to bed too late, Dianna always makes me feel like I’m doing just fine.
Best Post on Angry Musical Instruments by Kristin Smith at The Riches of His Love
The terrible twos are full of tantrums. Sometimes they take a turn for the musical and a harmonica becomes an angry harmonica. Yet Kristin watches a tantrum and takes the time to reflect on her imperfections as a mother.
Best Advice for How to Survive Life with Small Children by Nicole Hempeck at Moments That Define Life
My small child is almost 7 so I’m probably not the best one to dole out advice. Nicole, however, juggles 3 littles girls (twins included!) often on her own (she’s a military spouse). She gives a handy, practical guide to surviving and maybe even thriving.
Best Reminder Not to Judge Unless You’ve Been in Someone Else’s Shoes… and Probably Not Even Then by Shell Things at Things I Can’t Say
Every week, Shell invites readers to pour their hearts out and then link up. It creates some wonderful stories and support and I suspect Shell needs it herself once in a while. I’ve written before about how I’ve judged without even realizing it. Shell wants to remind you that she’s doing just fine thankyouverymuch.
Best Post to Make You Wish You Had In-Laws Like This by Kristin Shaw at Huffington Post
I’m going to have to remember this post because I have one son. And he’s all mine. And I’m not sharing him with any old girl that comes his way. That’s right. No girl will ever be good enough for my baby. But I guess eventually one of them will.
Best Reminder to Keep Your Babies BABIES For As Long As Possible
There were tears when my son started kindergarten. Mine, more than his. But we both adjusted and made it to the end of the school year. And I realized that going from 5 to 6 is big milestone and my baby isn’t a baby anymore.
Best Post To Torture Myself For Having Only One Child
Every once in a while, I think how nice it would be to have another child. I think about a sibling for my son and the nice neat family of four. And then I come back to reality. What’s interesting, though, is how many people find this post by googling “psychosomatic pregnancy.” It’s a thing, y’all.
I hope some of these parenting stories (including two of mine thrown in at the end) give you some laughs or inspiration or some reassurance that we’re all figuring this out as we go.
Tomorrow, come back and read the last installment of the Blogmas Best of 2013 submitted by YOU!