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Top Blog Posts of 2012

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Computer keyboard 2012This was an amazing year for our bloggers, who wrote a mix of thought-provoking, poignant, helpful, humorous, and just-plain-fun posts.

Looking back, we’ve chosen to highlight each blogger’s most popular posts, along with their own personal favorites (the ones they loved writing). Read and re-read the posts (alphabetized according to blog names) below and share which post from this list is your favorite.

Parents News Now
Popular Post:
Oklahoma Mom Shoots, Kills Intruder After 911 Operator Gives OK
Favorite Posts:
High School Football Team Shows Kindness to Bullied Girl
Boston Transit Worker Saves Little Girl’s Stuffed Bunny

Red-Hot Parenting
Popular Post:
The 25 Words a 2-Year-Old Should Be Saying
Favorite Posts:
3 Ways to Talk to Your Toddler That Pay Off Academically in 10 Years
The 25 Words a 2-Year-Old Should Be Saying

The Thrifty Frugal Mom
Popular Post:
4 Things I Do to Keep Our Grocery Budget at $200/mo. for a Family of Four
Favorite Posts:
6 Simple Tips to Save Money by Not Wasting Food
6 Ways to Save on Meat

In Name Only
Popular Post:
A Name for Baby Kardashian
Favorite Posts:
Should You Be Able to Name Your Baby Hashtag?
Celebrity Babies: Uma Thurman Gives Her Daughter a Really, Really Long Name

To the Max
Popular Post:
A Paralyzed Woman Decides to End Her Life, and Her Mother Agrees
Favorite Posts:
Today Is a Day to Stop Using the Word “Retard”
Why You Shouldn’t Pity Special Needs Parents

Mom Must Read
Popular Post:
Facebook, Goodreads Best Books for Summer
Favorite Posts:
What I’m Reading: ‘The Gun Book for Parents’
‘Teach Your Children Well’ Speaks to Tiger Moms, Not the Rest of Us

Great Expectations
Popular Post:
One Reason to Have Another Baby
Favorite Posts:
The Awkward Moment During Pregnancy When…
What Shaped Me as a Mother

Fearless Feisty Mama
Popular Post:
Do Toddlers Have Memories?
Favorite Posts:
Is Your Toddler’s Independence Hard on You?
Should Depressed People Procreate?

The Dadabase
Popular Post:
Kama Sutra for Parents of Young Children
Favorite Posts:
A Dad’s Letter to His Son on His 2nd Birthday
8 Non-Religious Reasons to Take Your Kids to Church

Tech-Savvy Parents
Popular Post:
4 iPhone Apps to Reinforce Toddler Learning
Favorite Posts:
10 Photo Tips for Fabulous Holiday Cards
Age-Appropriate Resources to Keep Kids Cybersafe

The Homeschool Den
Popular Post:
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Favorite Posts:
Beginning Reader Worksheet Pack to Accompany the Bob Books
Germ Experiment — Where Do Germs Grow in Your House??!

High-Chair Times
Popular Post:
I’m Mom Enough Not to Be an Attachment Parent
Favorite Post:
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: The Biggest Breastfeeding Bully of All
Did Your Pregnancy Cravings Influence Your Child’s Eating Habits?

Unexpectedly Expecting
Popular Post:
Wisconsin Bill Aims to Penalize Single Moms
Favorite Posts:
Conversations with a 3-Year-Old
More Conversations with a 3-Year-Old


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Q&A With Author Jenny Lawson

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The popular mom blogger Jenny Lawson, self-dubbed “The Bloggess” (more on that later), released her first book yesterday, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. The novel shares hilarious, “mostly true” anecdotes from her, er, unusual upbringing. We talked to Jenny about being a mother, a blogger, and surviving her weird childhood.

Let’s start at the beginning. What was your childhood like?

My childhood was “violently unorthodox,” as I like to call it. My dad was a taxidermist, so I had some interesting childhood “pets” growing up. From the outside looking in, people might think it was a struggle. We were quite poor, and my family was odd, but overall I’d say it was great. Despite the quirks, I was loved and accepted for who I was.

How does that lesson translate in your book?

I’ve embraced my weirdness, and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened shares stories about my life in an informal, fun, and irreverent manner. After all, diversity is what makes the world go around and that includes the need for a lot of bafflingly strange people in the world. I’m happy to be one of those people.

When using your own life as the fodder for your first novel, did you worry what family or friends might think?

My friends and family aren’t easily thrown.  My parents enjoyed the book, and all my close relatives and in-laws have either read it or have vowed not to read it to preserve their idea of me. I have a strong family who supports one another no matter what.  That’s sort of the main theme of the book, and it’s one that stands true in my life, as well.

Did you always hope to be a published author?

Growing up, I wanted to be a cowgirl ballerina. Or a writer. But I wasn’t thin enough to be a cowgirl ballerina, so I started writing instead.

Your blog, The Bloggess, is wildly popular. How did you come up with that name?

“Blogess” is  just the feminine of “blogger.” Think about it: Actor/actress, mister/mistress, blogger/bloggess, jogger/joggess. Although, those last two never quite caught on…

What does your daughter, Hailey, think about your blog?

Hailey is not allowed to read my blog because it’s a bit too cursey for a seven-year-old, but she desperately wants a blog of her own–she even makes these long video blogs that she wants to post on the Internet.

So then is Hailey the next “Bloggess” to be?

I’ve told her that she needs to wait until she’s at least sixteen before posting her video blogs to make sure that’s what she really wants.  Kids today live in a tech-savvy world we could never imagine, and I’d hate for those to haunt her when she’s a teenager.  Kids can be cruel, and stuff on the Internet never goes away.

Has your own childhood influenced the choices you’ve made in raising your daughter?

My family chose their own road with no regard to what others thought, and I think that made my life incredibly special. I’m trying to do the same thing for my daughter. Hopefully, she’ll appreciate it one day the way I appreciate it now.  Or we’ll spend a lot of time together in therapy.  Either way, the key here is that it’ll be time spent together.

What do you two do to spend time together now? 

We play a lot of Monster High–it’s like Barbies, except with zombies.  We also have a lot of “girl talk.”  That was Hailey’s idea when she was little, and it’s now one of the best parts of my day.


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Enter the Parents Best Blog Awards

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Blog AwardsAt Parents, we’re a big fan of blogs. We have real moms and dads blogging for us every day and we’re always updating our GoodyBlog with parenting news, stories, and lots of fun giveaways.

But now we want to hear from you! We’re looking for the best, most useful, and most innovative blogs on the web for moms and dads. Is there a blog you read every morning before the kids get up? Or is there a blog you just have to check during naptime? Tell us! You can nominate your favorite blog (including your own) on the awards homepage. Blogs can be nominated in the following categories:

  • Best Craft for Kids Blog
  • Best Family Travel
  • Best Daddy Blog
  • Best Mom Tech Blog
  • Funniest Mom Blog
  • Best Food Blog
  • Best Kids Health Blog
  • Best Gear and Toys Blog
  • Best Mom Fashion Blog
  • Best Special Needs Blog
  • Best Local Mom Blog
  • Best All-Around Mom Blog

There will be two winners in each category—a People’s choice and an Editor’s choice. The People’s Choice will be solely based on who has the most votes and the Editor’s Choice will be chosen by the bloggers and editors of and the editors of Parents Magazine.

We’re looking for blogs that surprise and delight us, make us laugh, cry, think, take action or compel us to constantly hit refresh. If you know a blog with that special something, help it get the recognition it deserves. Nominate it today!

The contest begins on August 1, 2011 at 12:00 am EST and ends on October 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST.

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Meet our new blogger: Richard Rende

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

image001Find out what you, as a parent, need to take away from scientific reports on Red-Hot Parenting, a new blog from Richard Rende, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown Medical School and Butler Hospital. Along with dissecting reports that you may hear or read about in the news, Rende will share  ”red-hot” studies he finds in scientific journals that thinks you need to know about and offer his suggestions for how to implement them into your lives.

Rende lives in Rhode Island with his wife and daughter. He received a BA in Psychology from Yale University, an MA in Psychology from Wesleyan University, a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University, and postdoctoral training in Clinical and Genetic Epidemiology at Columbia University.

Meet our other featured bloggers:

Allison Winn Scotch, The Balance Sheet

Heather Morgan Shott, High Chair Times

Nick Shell, The Dadabase

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The Power of Mom

Monday, February 9th, 2009

It's no secret that a mom can do anything when she puts her mind to it. I was searching for some mom stories online the other day and came across this blog entry by Max Gladwell over at sustainablog. In it he discusses the power that moms have had in the blogosphere (especially when they join together!), and lists 10 great mom blogs and tools that promote social media, green living and motherhood, including Eco Child's Play, Suburban Bliss and Healthy Child Healthy World. It's quite a list, and it made me feel really proud to be even a small part of this awesome community. It also made me realize that our own blogroll could use some refreshing. We still love love love the sites we've listed, but we're always looking for new ones to get hooked on. So let's hear it: What blogs are your daily must-reads (besides GoodyBlog, I hope!)?

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