, a blog written by a foster mom and I was obsessed--read the 270+ pages of archives in about 3 days. I'm looking for other similar blogs, but googling for 'top recommendations' of parenting blogs hasn't exactly found me what I want.
So, hive-mind, do you have any recommendations of your favorite parenting blogs?
What I'm interested in:
1) Introspection and self-awareness
: I like reading blogs because I like to have a window into someone's "inner life". It doesn't have to be deep and therapeutic type stuff, but I am interested in learning someone's honest story, and not a sanitized-for-facebook version of their lives. I think its especially interesting when people talk about the struggles and challenges they face and how they get through them.
2) Diversity in family structure
: Most people I know in real life come from a 'typical' family structure, so I'd love to learn more about foster families, multi-racial families, stay-at-home dads, extremely rich or extremely poor families, etc. I'd extend this to both sides of the political spectrum -- I'd be interested in a "quiverfull" homeschooling mommy blog, as well as a feminist CXO mom, as long as they both seem to question their place in the world and show respect for the other lifestyles people live.
: Cute or funny stories about the weird things kids do.
What I'm not
1) Blogs with alot of ads/product placement: I respect that alot of people are doing this for a living, but it's really distracting when you have to work to filter out the "serious" posts like with Dooce
2) Displays of pinterest-perfect housewifery: Like the blogs listed in this slate article
. Similarly, I'm not interested in blogs that are mostly recipes or craft-patterns.
3) Parenting advice: I don't have kids -- for me, kids in parenting blogs add to the drama of their parent's inner lives, but photos of kids aren't interesting on their own.
It's fine if a blog includes some of these three things, but I'm not looking for blogs where those are the focus.
From some previous
ask-mefi questions I found Matt, Liz, and Madeline
which looks intriguing. Some career blogs I follow have posts about parenting, that are the kind
I'd be interested in reading more of, so feel free to recommend blogs that aren't only about parenting too.