If you’ve had your first child sometime within the last 10 years or so, chances are pretty good that you’ve spent at least some time reading a parenting blog for advice on how best to take care of this little being you’re now charged with. For some parents, their favorite parenting blogs have been so instrumental in their making a smooth transition into parenthood that they can barely imagine having kids before these blogs existed. And, to think – people even had kids before the internet was invented? Unfathomable!
For those of us who are lucky enough to be of child-bearing age during the time of the parenting blogs, we have the good fortune of being able to benefit from others’ experience on a much larger scale than previous generations. Gone are the days when we only had Grandpa Joe and Aunt Ethel to turn to for baby advice. When we’re desperately seeking info on what to do for a colicky baby who just won’t stop crying, we can now turn to the words of parents from all over the world who’ve been there before.
In honor of the parenting blogs who’ve saved us from frustration, confusion, and downright despair, we give you our favorites:
- Dooce.com – From the “about” section of blogger Heather B. Armstrong’s site: “This website chronicles my life from a time when I was single and making a lot of money as a web designer in Los Angeles, to when I was dating the man who would become my husband, to when I lost my job and lived life as an unemployed drunk, to when I married my husband and moved to my mother’s basement in Utah, to when I became pregnant, to when I threw up and became unbearably swollen during the pregnancy, to the birth, to the aftermath, to the postpartum depression that landed me in a psyche ward.”
- ScaryMommy.com – Jill Smokler’s blog takes an honest look at parenting and embraces the fact that “parenting doesn’t have to be perfect.” The blog features a Confessional where moms can anonymously share their deep, dark secrets, like this one: “I let my kids watch way more tv than I’ll ever admit.”
- ParentHacks.com – A site for parents to share tips on improving family life, saving money, and more.
Sources: dooce.com, scarymommy.com, and parenthacks.com