I'm excited to kick off the year partnering with a group of bloggers on a Best Parenting Tips series. As moms, we all share sage advice on our blog every day but we don't always get the chance to share tips from other bloggers with our readers. I'm going to re-cap my top parenting posts of the year, but you'll want to be sure to check out all the moms in the series here. We're a diverse group. Some moms (like me) are a little older with teenagers. Others have young ones. All of us share our parenting experiences every single day. You'll want to check it out.
I'm going to kick this off with my top parenting post of all time. Here's my best parenting tips!
I wrote Ten Things I Wish my Mom Told me about Middle School Love when my teenager was discovering boys for the first time. Teenagers don't want our advice all the time, so I thought if I could just throw it out there in the universe, maybe some of the wisdom would sink in. It's a great post and it must have resonated with lots of moms because it gets page views from Pinterest daily. another great post? Ten Things I Wish my Mom Told me as a Teen.
The majority of my parenting posts in 2015 focused on chronic illness because that's what we were living every single day. The post Things You Shouldn't do When Your Friend has a Sick Child was one that just flowed when I sat down to write. People have no idea what to say or do when illness creeps into life. I wrote this post for all the moms out there that have sat with jaws dropped and lost friends once their kid got sick. There are a lot of us.
Taking Things for Granted isn't really a parenting tips post but the message is one that I think all parents need to hear. Stop complaining. Bad things happen. You need to teach your children how to deal with adversity by not blaming others when things go wrong. It's an important lesson for them to learn. What
I wrote What to do When you Don't get a Diagnosis because we didn't get one and I knew that there were other parents out there struggling with the same thing. People were reaching out to me on social media asking for advice so I decided to just type it all up. When you don't know why your kid is sick or what they have it's frustrating to say the least. Many parents don't know what to do next. The best advice? Adjust to whatever the new normal is because that's what life may be like from now on.
Coaching your Child Through a Team Transition was my way of dealing with a very difficult situation in a proactive manner. Our dance studio was splitting into two with a teacher leaving to start her own business. It was super tense and we had a month to go until nationals. This post is universal to any sport. Parents need to remember that it's about the kids, not themselves and it's their job to help them adjust.