11 Powerful Posts Every Parent Should Read

I know St. Valentine’s Day is already over, but in the continuing spirit of the holiday, I would like to show some love to my fellow bloggers. How do we do this in the blogging world? By promoting their stuff!  

Not only does this help out their blog as far as garnering more viewers, but it also lets them know that my readers and I think their content is valuable and worth sharing.  

While I read a lot of good blog material on a regular basis, every once in a while I come across a post that really strikes me as profound or exceptional. Those are the posts I would like to share with you today in my very first blog post roundup!  

1. Why Modern Moms are Raising Victims (and how to stop)A Mother Far From Home  

Rachel is an expat blogger after my own heart and I would literally recommend every single post on her blog. I read her stuff all the time and have yet to come across anything that isn’t high quality truth.  

One of her most popular blog posts, Why Modern Moms are Raising Victims talks about what victim mentality is, why it’s a problem, and what you can do to prevent it. She uses anecdotes from her own parenting as well as practical examples to get her point across.  

If your children are displaying symptoms of victim mentality, such as refusing to take responsibility for the actions or blaming others for their shortcomings, READ THIS POST. You can stop those behaviors before they become detrimental to your child’s well-being. Rachel will show you how.   

2. What Our Kids Need to Know About Doing Hard Things – I Choose Brave  

Katie is my other favourite blogger. Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I have featured her stuff several times in other blog posts because I like it so much.  

Here is what I particularly like: She goes deep.  

This post is about the difficulties of being a homeschool mom, but it’s more than that. It’s about how the way we approach simple things like school shapes our children’s character.  

To quote her  “Character over content”.  

Doing hard things isn’t fun. Not for the kids, not for the parents. But allowing children to take the easy way out doesn’t benefit them in the long run. And isn’t that what we all want? To see our children succeed long term?  

If you need a little extra motivation to push your child, give Katie’s post a read.  

3. Five Unconventional Parenting Hacks That Keep Me SaneVolcano Mama 

I think having grown up as an expat, I’m naturally drawn to other expat blogs. This one is no exception. I loved Rachel’s stuff from the first post I read.  

The greatest thing about this post is the mindset that comes with it. You can tell she’s not an uptight mama, but one who empowers her children through love and fosters their independence. If these simple parenting hacks are not something you already use in your family, I think you’ll notice that they come with a change of attitude as well as a change of action.  

Rachel’s laid back approach to parenting so mimics what I try to convey in my own blog, but she’s got the experience to back it up. If you’re looking to make your own parenting life a little bit easier, I strongly suggest taking a look at her parenting hacks and consider implementing them in your own home.  

4. Ten Tips to Help Children Process the News and Current EventsLive Life With Your Kids

The name of this blog says a lot about Belinda’s mission.  

Part of living life with our kids is letting them in on what’s happening in adult world.  

There is a lot going on in the world today, and sheltering kids doesn’t do them favours in the long run. What does do them favours is teaching them how to process and understand it, so that it doesn’t get overwhelming.  

With the advances in technology, news is at our fingertips literally every moment of the day. We read it on our phones, on our computers. We see it on TV. Our children are absorbing current events whether we realize it or not.  

Just before the election last year, I heard two five-year-olds on the playground arguing about whether Trump or Hilary should be president. They didn’t have all their facts straight, but you could tell that they were quoting what they heard the adults around them say.  

This post gives practical advice on how to talk to your kids about what’s happening in the news and around the world. If you’re planning on raising responsible global citizens, Belinda’s post is a great place to start.  

5. Seven Surefire Ways to Grow a Little Leader (Starting Now!)Stuff Parents Need  

While this isn’t a blog I usually read (maybe it should be), I came across this post about a month ago and just HAD to share it on all social media platforms. While the content is in-depth and practical (which I love in a post), what actually struck me the most was the simplicity of Tiffany’s message: Why should children be the leaders of tomorrow when they could be the leaders of today?   

She goes on to outline a list of fantastic ways your children can become leaders TODAY. No more waiting for the ambiguous “tomorrow”.  

I don’t know about you, but I would love to see a generation of children leading boldly and making responsible decisions from an early age. If you share that vision, this post is for you!  

6. The Participation Effect and the Benefits of Introducing Adult Tasks to Kids – Rehabitat 

Yes, yes, YES! Everything inside of my screamed the first time I read this blog post. It was so refreshing to hear someone go against the grain.  

In American culture, we are so big on telling kids “You can do anything!”, then proceeding to tell them “No” to everything they try to do.  

This brilliant father realized early on the benefits of teaching his daughters how to do adult tasks such as cooking and fixing things. While it may require a little extra effort at first, he now has two capable helpers around the house. What’s more, he’s given them a firm foundation of confidence and capability that will continue to sustain them throughout their schooling and career.  

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can give that same foundation to your children, please read Chris’ post.  

7. Teaching Your Kids About Missionaries – Worshipful Living 

The missionary kid in me got so excited to see a mother using missionaries’ stories to inspire and educate her children. Way to go, Mandy!  

Far from being a run-of-the-mill product promotion, this wonderful post first explains how learning about missionaries is beneficial to your children’s faith, but also to their learning of history and geography. What a creative way to get kids interested in all of these subjects.  

Mandy then gives an idea for an inexpensive resource which provides 12 months of study on different missionaries throughout history. Obviously, there are many ways to teach children about missions, but if it’s something you’re interested in, I would suggest giving To The Nations a try (you get a great deal, and it helps support a fabulous blogger!).  

8. Teaching Kids Responsible Travel – Globetotting 

One of my newest blog finds, I love following Globetotting’s posts on twitter and seeing where they are at and what fun activities they’re doing! While they have a lot of great posts on traveling to specific places with kids (if you’re into traveling with kids at all, definitely give them a lookup!), this post is for a wider audience.  

Although it is intended for parents to teach children responsible travel, I daresay we adults can learn a few things ourselves.  

Covering every aspect of travel from planning to packing, shopping to taking transportation, this post gives plenty of fantastic ideas about how parents and kids alike can make their trips more globally conscientious. It lists resources as well to make crafting a responsible trip well within reach.  

I highly recommend Globetotting’s post for anyone traveling, with or without kids.  

(also, can we acknowledge that they may have a monopoly on cutest blog name in the travel business?)

9. Why Boredom is Good for Your Child – Sleeping Should Be Easy

Imagine what a relief it would be to find out that constantly entertaining your child isn’t actually what’s best for them.  

Guess what? It’s true!  

In her post, Nina talks about all of the reasons why overstimulating your children with activities, toys, and entertainment isn’t actually the best way to go. There are plenty of valuable lessons that children learn during the “boring” times.  

Interested in learning more about the benefits of boredom? Read Nina’s post! And while you’re at it, she’s writtten a lot of other good content that I regularly read and can recommend. Browse around. 🙂  

10. Teaching Toddlers Consequences for Their Choices – Kara Carrero

Kara is the other half of the power couple from Rehabitat, whom I mentioned earlier. While Chris is teaching the kids practical life skills, Kara is working on their moral compass.  

What I love about this post is that it goes a step deeper than similar articles I’ve read. Sure, we all have this idea that children need to learn from a young age that actions have consequences.  

Kara tackles the why, the how, and the resulting benefits in stunning detail. There is no sugarcoating happening here – she knows how difficult toddlers can be. But she also knows that the end results are worth it. Children who can put actions and consequences together understand the natural flow of life better than children who are sheltered from reality.  

If you interested in learning more about setting your toddler up for a successful life, read Kara’s post and decide if some changes need to be made in your family.  

11. Are you speaking “Parentese” or are you “Dumbing It Down”?Fertile Brains

Last, but certainly not least, Daisy over at Fertile Brains has a lot to say about building children’s intelligence from a young age.  

In this post, she investigates how the way that we speak to children from infancy influences their vocabulary acquisition and language development. Regularly mimicking adult conversation helps infants grasp the ebb and flow of communication.  

If you’re not currently making it a habit to speak in full sentences to your young children using correct grammar, read Daisy’s post and let it persuade you.   

If you're looking for a little family inspiration, look no further! Here are 11 powerful posts from top parenting bloggers. | Mom but not a Mom

 

There are lots of wonderful blog posts out there, but these are the ones that specifically spoke to me. Let these bloggers know how much you love their work by dropping them a comment, or sharing their posts on social media!  

 

If you have a blog post from another blogger that you can’t wait to share, post it in the comments so we can all read it! 

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