Have you heard of the saying, “Children didn’t just come out of an instruction manual?” Indeed, almost every parent can attest to this. Raising a child is not an easy task, especially during the years without the Internet. However, as 2019 unfolds, and technology and social media are becoming such a helpful tool for parents, perhaps we can agree that we can raise our kids the right way by learning from an instruction manual – by way of family blogs, articles, and testimonials.
“When I became a mom to two boys, Hunter, 3, and Paxton, 1, my work only heightened some of the concerns I, like all parents, have. After all, I witness first hand how parenting can affect kids. Parents have a whirlwind of things to worry about, but we just can’t worry about everything. As long as we love our children and try our hardest to give them a happy childhood, we are doing the best we can.” – Francyne Zeltser, Psy.D.
If you scan through the web nowadays, there is a myriad of parenting blogs that provide everything from diaper cream advice to updates about what’s new in the babies’ section. It is quite difficult to taper them down to a well-created list of parenting sites that you can scan through when your kid has just stained the living room carpet or painted your newly installed bedroom wallpaper. Fortunately, we did this quite daunting task just to make it a little easier for you.
- Scary Mommy. Started in 2008, this blog was Jill Smokler’s way of telling her stories as a stay-at-home mom. Eventually, the site became a phenomenal success and thousands of women and parents are now contributing to the blog with their own experiences. These parents have been brought together by one idea – parenting is and will never be perfect, but one of the best jobs ever.
- How To Be A Dad. For the dads who think you’re alone in your struggle to correctly wear that diaper on your baby, fighting yourself from shouting from frustration, this blog site is definitely for you. How To Be A Dad provides you with some do and don’ts, funny stories that you can most probably relate to, and a whole lot of entertainment.
- Cool Mom Picks. Here, there’s no, “We hate the blah, blah,” or, “This product just sucks.” We only have kid-friendly (and parent-friendly) articles about what’s in it to win your children’s attention and get through the challenges. Recipes and meal plans, baby blankets and other baby products, and just about anything that perks our interest.
- Family Focus Blog. This site provides refreshing information on food, travel, home décor, parenting advice, and family activities that will strengthen your bond between your children. It also has a ‘green living’ section that consists of articles on how to make your own organic and chemical-free products that are healthy for both mommy and baby.
For John Northman, a New York psychologist, “This idea of feeling connected becomes very reinforcing, to all of us, and it contributes to happiness, it contributes to mental health and it does contribute also to physical health.” He adds, “It’s well known that when people feel better connected, that they feel better physically, they’re certainly less likely to feel depressed — or if they do, they’re in a better position to get out of being depressed. Overall, it leads to a feeling of a greater degree of support and connection psychologically.”
- Mom Trends. Moms get to know each other here by contributing information that they have just learned or from their own experiences about how motherhood can be just as fun and wonderful. Advice on how you can pull yourself together and make traveling, working, and being a mom as worthwhile as can be. They also have live events and social media channels.
- Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog. Learn interesting baby and parenting stuff from a mother of four who loves to cook up Mexican and other recipes to share with others. She also enjoys writing about how she and her husband have lovingly raised four kids, together with their eight horses. She is all over social media and is willing to work with anyone who is truly committed to being a great mom herself.
- Selfish Mom. Judging from the name of the site, Selfish Mom has a unique theme – to be selfish and not be a martyr mother. Amy believes that she has raised independent children because she doesn’t dote and she doesn’t make her kids the center of her life, despite the fact that they are the most important. Visit the site and find out what her parenting styles and strategies are. You might like them – or not.
- Free-Range Kids. This site is mostly focused on how to raise your children with a mind for safety and independence Is parenting all about being with your kids all the time so they’ll learn from and be safe at the same time? Or is learning easier for them if you just teach them how to be safe and encourage them to be independent and secure without you as parents tagging along?
“Dr. Jim Taylor, a San Francisco-based psychologist, explains how independence is achieved through the pursuit of self-reliance. “As human beings, we are social creatures incapable of being truly independent. Instead of raising independent children, I want you to raise self-reliant children.”
- Mocha Dad. This site, at first glance, represents masculinity. The owner, Fred Goodall, started this blog site as a stand against people who see black fatherhood differently, as well as a place where he can share his interests as a man and a father who wants what’s best for his kids. This is also his way of encouraging other fathers to be more closely involved with their kids and families.
- I Am Not The Babysitter. A collaboration of mothers who believes in their right to breastfeed wherever, whenever. The site is filled with articles of different niches, from traveling tips, curing a baby’s cold naturally, down to celebrating Christmas on a budget. This one’s for the hero moms and dads who continue to learn how to be the best parents for their kids.
Check out these top 10 family blogs and follow which ones you like best. Have any more sites you want to share with us? Let us know!