I recently told someone that I was a parenting blogger. Their response?
‘What qualifies you to give parenting advice, then?’
Well, nothing, really…
I didn’t really think that as a blogger I was here dishing out advice, I thought it was more about sharing. By blogging about my children, our family, our lives…I’m inviting you to come and join our little wander through life. Through their childhood.
I don’t think it is a blogger’s place to judge and I know very few who do. I recently read a blog post slating other parents for their pride in their parenting accomplishments. I couldn’t care less what nappies you use, how you feed your baby and anything else you do…but I’m all for being proud of what you have done, and I’m even more for forgetting about the things you couldn’t/didn’t. If your child is happy and healthy then great job. You did that. So if you want to tell the world you breastfed for three years, do it. And don’t let anyone (blogger or not) tell you to button it. Ever.
Anywho…I digress, back to the point. Do I think that I’m a perfect parent just because I blog? Not in a million years, I’d probably rate myself mediocre at best (not in a desperate plea for you to flock to disagree, I’m aware that if we’re going by the book, I’m a bit rubbish at his parenting lark). You can read my previous post on why I’m just a little bit rubbish, here.
I’m not perfect, none of us are…I never sterilise Bear’s cup and I often let Moo have chocolate for no reason at all other than she’s just such a cutey. Neither are yet to sprout a second head or lose a limb so I’m chalking both of those up to a win!
I personally love blogs, I love advice on topics that bloggers know about. You want to know about cake or choosing an activity for your child, then I’m your girl. How to make some toiletries from the contents of your kitchen cupboards? I am all over that! Making the best out of little money then yes yes yes, but if you want help on getting your child to sleep through, control your toddler or arrive anywhere on time with two under-fives in tow then head to Google (and link me. PLEASE.)
Everybody’s different, I’m not here to teach you how to be a parent, only you can do that…but I’d love to share our journey with you, and I love it when you share yours!