A few weeks ago, some blogging friends of mine and I were talking about our parenting journey and the posts we have published on our blogs about that journey. We were discussing the best place the share these posts with our readers. All the link parties with which we currently participate focus primarily on kids’ activities, rather than parenting. As far as we knew, there was no link party specifically for parenting posts and so the idea for The Sunday Parenting Party was born.
We invite you to link up your posts on parenting, new or old, and as many as you like. Your post might be inspirational or humorous, it could be about your parenting journey or how you overcame a bad day, anything at all. If you are linking up, please include a Sunday Parenting Party button either in your post or somewhere on your blog (you can grab the code for the button from my sidebar on the right). Alternatively, please include a text link back to this post in your post. Let’s make this a place to share ideas and provide support for one another. Let’s use this linky as a place to ask questions and create discussions.
Each week I will feature my favourite posts from the previous week. I will also be pinning some of the posts to both The Sunday Parenting Party Pinterest board and my own personal Parenting Pinterest board. As this is the first week, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite sites for parenting support and inspiration. There are many, many sites that I love to read for parenting inspiration but these are the sites I read on a daily basis, the ones that I turn to when I need to refocus.
Aha! Parenting – I first read a post from Dr Laura Markham a couple of years ago and it was a lightbulb moment. Everything made sense and from that point on, I became a more confident parent. I trusted my instincts and had a name for what I was trying to do – Positive Parenting. Dr Markham shows practical ways to parent from a place of love, alternatives to time-outs and how to build more connected relationships with our children.
Finding Joy - Rachel at Finding Joy writes from the heart. If you are feeling as though what you’re doing as a parent is not enough, if you are feeling lost in the blur of daily stress, if you are finding it impossible to just stop and be with your children, then get ready to feel revived. Rachel reminds me daily to just stop and see the beauty in the every day moments and to see value in what I’m doing as a mother.
Hands Free Mama – The first time I read a post at Hands Free Mama it was like a wake up call. It’s so easy to get caught up in messages, emails, to-do lists and phone calls. Rachel has inspired me to put the phone down and live in the moment.
Let’s Lasso The Moon – My dear friend Zina has inspired my parenting more than she will ever know. It is because of Zina that I now take photos of the most ordinary moments in my day – the moments that to anyone else would appear so mundane, but these are the moments I will want to remember in years to come. Yes I will love looking through the photos of birthdays, and graduations and weddings, but what I will really want to see, the photos I will absolutely treasure, are the ones that show how life really is for us on a daily basis.
I also read through my Parenting board on Pinterest often. It’s where I pin all the posts that have spoken to me and inspired me.
So now I invite you to link up your parenting posts, new or old and as many as you wish. I hope this becomes a place where you find inspiration, make connections with one another, and have a laugh as well. I’m looking forward to reading through your posts.