The things I read …
Wow – last month, I wrote that I was not going to stop blogging and then, well … it seems that I have taken a temporary hiatus from this blog after all.
However, I’m ok with that. In fact, it was refreshing. And now it feels refreshing to be back, whatever “back” may look like.
While I’ve been gone, I’ve enjoyed reading some other blogs; none consistently, but just catching some gems of posts here and there. What gems, you say? I’m glad you asked … 😉
On motherhood: I tend to really enjoy great blog posts on motherhood these days – anything that can help me practically, challenge me, or give me the right perspective on being a mom is greatly appreciated! A few I’ve been especially thankful for lately are:
- How to Miss a Childhood by the author of the blog, Hands Free Mama. The author discusses sure-fire ways to miss out on being part of your childrens’ lives by being on your phone, whether it be talking or texting, or emailing, or … you get the picture – we all know that there are a ton of things you can do on your phone, especially if you have a smart phone. Wow – the article is super challenging and convicting … I read it together with Shun-Luoi so that we could discuss ways that we tend to put our technology (not just phones, but also laptops, etc.) before our kids. At one point during the conversation, Shun-Luoi commented that he thought the author should write a follow-up called, “How to Miss your Marriage,” because in the same way it is too easy to miss out on your child’s life because of technology, it is also easy to miss out on really connecting with your spouse. I agree with him – and I may just take his suggestion to heart and write the article myself. 😉
- There seems to be some good discussion on blogs and across the web about the facts that moms tend to fight about the ways they feel parenting should be done. I always tell people that I thought people had opinions to freely give while we were planning our wedding, but when I got pregnant, I realized that was nothing compared to the opinions (and corresponding passion) that people felt the freedom to give about pregnancy, labor and delivery, and parenting. Whew! This is probably why I am loving seeing some of these articles come out. A few such articles I have enjoyed are The Only Mommy War Worth Waging and Division: What are We Fighting For (from the Birth without Fear blog). I am all for women having educated and passionate opinions (and did I mention educated?), but feel that sometimes the passion behind our opinions makes us miss the forest for the trees. The authors of these articles point out some crucial issues that really should be the ones we ‘fight’ for.
- I just discovered The Stressed Mom (Resources to Save your Sanity) blog and have already found a few posts I’ve really appreciated there. I look forward to browsing the blog a bit more in the future, but for starters, I would suggest reading, Teaching Kids to do their Share Around the House as well as 10 Habits for a Well-Run Home. The 2nd article I mentioned has some tips that, if put into practice consistently, could significantly lower my stress level. 🙂 Maybe the articles could help you, too?
- And to really get at the heart of being a mom (and really, of being a Christ-follower), these 2 blog posts are helpful. Did I say helpful? I meant they are incredibly challenging, poignant, and should leave you looking at your own heart and asking some hard questions of yourself. Motherhood is Application and The Everyday Question of Motherhood are the 2 posts to which I’m referring – read them. That’s all.
Hmm, I was actually going to mention a few other categories of things I’m reading, but think I’ll leave them for another day as the above list got a bit longer than I had anticipated. I hope even just one of these articles will be a blessing and challenge to you.