Today I want to mention three little blogs that always warm my heart. In a world of competition, greed, rushing and stress, these blogs always bring a smile to my face with their cheerful, kind, sweet and insightful thoughts.
1. Cup of Jo. I want to be one of her friends. She is good at giving parenting advice and recommendations without being preachy. And she is super genuine. And she shared her story on post partum depression with her HUGE audience. Mad props.
My favorite of her writing on family and parenting:
"My dad used to say everything was an "adventure." He'd be going to the grocery store, for example, and he'd ask us, "Want to go on an adventure?" We pile into the car, excited to try some cheese samples and listen to the radio while driving. That one word made everything feel thrilling.
Also, as twins, my sister and I often had to share candy (especially Skor bars, our favorite). But it was hard for us. "She got the bigger piece!" we would both protest. My parents' solution, whenever we had to share food, was to let one sister break the bar in half and the other choose the piece. That way, you broke it evenly and were always satisfied with your piece. Problem solved.
What little things do you remember fondly about your parents during your childhood? Did your parents do the same sharing thing? (I think it might be a classic parent move:) Parenthood is so much about the little things; it keeps you on your feet. Big high five to all you parents--and siblings, babysitters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and caretakers--out there. xoxo" (Cup of Jo: "Motherhood Mondays")
2. The Littlest . The writer of the The Littlest is one of my favorite blog mom-examples. She takes it slow with her little one, enjoys the simple moments, doesn't pressure her to be anything and just allows sweetness and little girl moments to happen. I truly adore it!
Check out some of her awesome reflections on being a mother to a little girl:
" I left feeling a little overwhelmed by this huge responsibility of people making but that also this responsibility is a precious gift. our society is so geared to make our young women competitive, insecure, and self-critical. the most important thing we can do is advocate for them and help them realize what is alive in them. the labels we give our children (cute, spirited, defiant, rowdy) scratch the surface of their beautiful and complex spirits. sugar and spice is fine sprinkled in but it's time to develop a more robust vocabulary to describe elodie." (The Littlest: "On Raising Little Girls")
3. (a new one!) Mamicomio. My buddy Helen (the sweetest lady around!) writes about adventures in Mama hood and her Valentine's day post was especially sweet. Check out her sweet, kind, simple and insightful text below:
"Today my students were all a-buzz with Valentine’s Day excitement (combined with free-flowing candy and an at-times-inappropriately-interpreted “Dress Up” day, it was a sight to behold). They couldn’t believe it when I told them I really had nothing special planned for tonight. “Who’s your valentine?” one boy asked, bewildered.
Let me tell you who my valentines are! Valentine 1 is the man by my side in this crazy adventure, the one who somehow keeps coming around through thick and thin, the one I’m always glad to see, no matter what. Valentine 2 is my whirlwind little boy, hunter of worms and stink bugs, devourer of books about sharks, daredevil, patience-trier and the owner of a grin that melts my heart every single time. And Valentine 3 is my precious little girl, dinosaur impersonator, silly drama queen with the sticky hands, messy face and chin dimples that never fail to make me smile back.
And tonight, after swimming lessons are over, heart-shaped pizza has been ordered, retrieved and eaten, a sweet baby bundle has fallen asleep in my arms, and the shark book has been read for the millionth time, I think that it was a pretty special Valentine’s Day after all." (Mamicomio: "Who's Your Valentine?")