Follow Friday: Parenting Blogs I Read Regularly

Follow Friday: Parenting Blogs I Read Regularly

I was going to do 5 parenting blogs that I read regularly, but as I was combing through my fairly large list I felt bad about stopping at just 5. So here’s 10 for you, which is twice the work I was originally going to do, but I love you, so enjoy. This… is how I cater parties I throw, too. It’s why my fridge is full of leftovers. Why just make a cake when I can also make cupcakes (in a different flavor), and a pie, and some apples with caramel dip, oh and I haven’t made brownies in a while! What I’m saying is, I like to feed people both food and weblinks. So enjoy.

  • Bebehblog is a supercute blog crammed full of parenting stuff, adorable toddler/baby antics (oh crap! she has two babies! SHE IS OUTNUMBERED), craft stuff, recipes, and joyful celebrations of veggies and how awesome they taste. She is a superstar who, unlike SOME PEOPLE (coughmecough) updates really regularly and consistently and has a general high level of quality.
  • Blue Milk is blogging from Australia, someplace I’d LOVE to return to someday. She’s a feminist parent of two who talks about not being married to her partner, child raising, feminist issues, social justice stuff, and Australian politics. Not in that order. In addition to sharp, incisive writing she also posts photos of going to the beach when it’s cold as fuck and winter where I’m at, so that’s a nice break in the day and a reminder that the sun will eventually return.
  • BabyBabyLemon is pretty much always entertaining. A bonus puller-inner for me is the fact that her kid is about the same age as my kid. Also, they live someplace warm so I get total envy in the winter and then get smug in the summer when it’s not as hot here as it is there (except for this summer which sucked several kinds of ass, what the hell Chicago). She posts a lot and somehow manages to make them all quality. HOW DO THESE PEOPLE DO IT. I have no idea.
  • Tiffany Ard is an artist who is married to an artist (silversmith) who is homeschooling two of the most awesome kids on the planet. Also: they have a dog. She’s smart and funny and super creative and I want to sit in on the classes she teaches. She and her husband sell a lot of prints and posters suitable for both kids AND adults if you are kind of nerdy and like science.
  • Love That Max is primarily about celebrating Max, who has cerebral palsy and likes spaghetti and car washes and the color purple, but also is about celebrating his sister Sabrina and about navigating the world of having a kid with special needs… AND about navigating the world of having a kid WITHOUT special needs. This is one of those blogs that is virtually always thought provoking and often helpful, and has really great writing. Check it out!
  • Mutant Supermodel is a single parent raising 3 kids while working a full time job and crocheting and promoting community among single moms online and wow, the list just doesn’t stop, does it? Check out her long, insightful posts about parenting, singleparenting, finance, and crafting. And other things.
  • Swistle gave me the most genius idea ever, involving birthday parties and how to limit them. She’s actually full of a lot of ideas, especially about baby names.
  • Tin Roof, Rusted is a blog by another Chicagoan, which alone should be enough to recommend it. One of the saddest points in my life was when I realized Leah lived like a handful of blocks from me… and was moving north. BOO. Well. She probably would have found me boring or outre or something anyway. Maybe it’s just as well. I can confine my social ineptness to the internet and she’ll never see that sometimes I wear pants with giant holes in the backpockets like it ain’t no thing. Except now I’ve mentioned it and she reads my blog so she knows. Let me dig this hole a little bit deeper. Anyway, she has a gorgeous toddler and an adorable infant and she works full time, which most parent bloggers I read don’t. So where does she find time to blog also? I have no idea, but possibly gnomes are involved somehow. She’s also very crafty and clever and funny and OH GOD WHY DID YOU MOVE WE COULD HAVE BEEN BFFS FOREVER. (probably a lie) (oh god how desperate am I)
  • Uppercase Woman is possibly the most popular blog I’m mentioning here, and also is like weirdly super hated on the internet a lot, which is super weird. SUPER. WEIRD. Like, I can kind of see backlash against Dooce because she makes more money than god, and against the Pioneer Woman because she was an affluent woman who married Wealth and paid a bunch of people to get her bloggery off the ground and her recipes are kind of mediocre and her photos suck but hey! But Cecily? She’s just a woman with opinions, who used to be a drug addict… oh. I see. She’s not perfect. Well! She’s an entertaining and thought provoking writer and I often disagree very much with what she says… but I also agree with other stuff she says. You might like her! Give her a try! She has a cute kid.
  • When The Flames Go Up is a parenting blog written by two people who used to be married and then got divorced and now are co-parenting as divorced people. Does that sound potentially awkward to you? It sure does to me! It’s really interesting to see how two people who had a fairly rancorous divorce are handling co-parenting their kids in the most healthy way they can. Moxie and Laid Off Dad are both really fantastic writers who care a lot about their kids, and are living proof that you don’t have to put your kids into the middle of arguments with your ex.

What parenting blogs do YOU read? Drop me some links! If you WRITE a parenting blog, comment and let me know where you are so I can read you.

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8 Responses

  1. Cecily was a reader at the Voices of the Year Keynote at BlogHer. I knew of her, in general, online but didn’t read her blog. That is, until her essay made me WEEP OPENLY in a room full of strangers (most of whom were also weeping opening).

    If you like Swistle, may I also suggest Jonniker (http://www.jonniker.com/) ? She is here in New England and has one daughter and one dog and several miscarriages and is wildly funny but also touching. She posts on a regular but not often enough schedule and is one of those bloggers who has been doing it for ages and ages and never really changed – no fancy blog design or magazine pictures but just really quality content. I’m kind of secretly internet in love with her.

    You and Leah should DEFINITELY be real life friends.

    And thank you for always being so incredibly supportive of me and my blog.

    brigid
    Twitter: brigidkeely
    Reply:

    Thanks for the rec, I’ll check her out.

    You have a consistently high quality blog with a great voice and I like sharing that kind of writing. Yay!

  2. I love party food in copious amounts as much as I love lots of blog recommendations. I always get excited when people introduce me to new stuff to read.

    Thank you for the mention as well. This list is awesome and I feel very honored to be included. Also your description made me laugh at myself. I always wonder if my posts are TOO long!

    brigid
    Twitter: brigidkeely
    Reply:

    I love long posts! You write really thoughtfully and thoroughly and make me think OH NO THINKING AUGHHHHHH.

    There’s a shift in social media, right now, away from longer posts and articles and toward instant connexions and short comments, like twitter. I think there will be a shift back, or a further integration of the two communication forms, and blogs like yours will be in a really good place.

  3. Thank you so much for including me here. I was reading and was so surprised to find myself on the list! I’ll second Suzanne’s Jonniker recommendation (also follow on twitter). She recommended her to me and it is a really great blog.

    brigid
    Twitter: brigidkeely
    Reply:

    I added Jonniker to my RSS feed. She has a great voice! Fantastic rec!

  4. I am blushing like I just got passed a MASH note in social studies. Evanston is only 5 miles north of Albany Park! I know that’s like forever in city distance but we still shop at the Fruit Ranch on the regular so coming back to hang with cool people is totally doable.

    And THANK YOU. Seriously.

    brigid
    Twitter: brigidkeely
    Reply:

    I just like making a big deal out of things, is all! I love Evanston. My husband was living there when we started dating, and we go to the theater there a lot. I was surprised the Borders was closed! But then all the Borders closed so I was less surprised.