Hello creators and happy (almost) mother’s day to the amazing women in our community. Not only do we wish you fun times with your family this Sunday (and always!) but we hope you get the chance to do what (frankly) most of us want to do … put your feet up! There’s a lovely line in the movie Date Night with Tina Fey. She confesses to Steve Carell’s character that instead of an affair, she’d rather go to a hotel room and drink a Diet Sprite (read the quote here). We’re with you Tina! Cheers from our Sprite (read wine) to yours.
If we are going to be raw and real (which is all we are going to be here with you guys!), parenting isn’t all sugar and sweet. It’s a tough-f’in job! Somedays you laugh … somedays you cry … somedays you laugh because you are crying so hard …
And when it all just seems too insane for words … you find solace in the words of others. We love our community of amazing bloggers. We have brought into the Hello Creative Family some of the most amazing parenting, craft, diy and food bloggers and we are thrilled to take this opportunity with you today to share some of their parenting posts and our own favourite writing too. These posts will make you laugh, and make you cry (maybe both at the same time). What we hope they do is make you feel less alone. That’s what our parenting section at Hello Creative Family is all about… a community-oriented space where we can hold each other up, and make each other just that much better at this tough old gig … parenting.
Cheers. I feel like a “Sprite” ;)
Read on for You Laugh, You Cry… Parenting Posts To Keep You Sane.
This is a post that will make you cry, as you recall your own birth experience. Crystal shares what she remembers about both of her children’s births, and the important role her doula played in making things happen, beautifully and naturally.
With incredible courage, Kerrie talks about divorcing her husband, the father of her twin boys, and starting life over again. This is for parents everywhere who have ever faced hardship, and had to find a way to move forward for your kids.
I wrote this piece about my journey with Postpartum Depression (and in particular the time after the birth of my first child) and it was shared on Today’s Parent’s website. I may have squealed a bit when the story was picked up. Here it is … still raw, still honest, still earnest.
There is a lot that is special about Heather and it shines … really shines … through in her writing. I am thrilled to share this post with you about those days when you know you just weren’t at your best. You’ll relate, I know you will, to Heather’s honesty. “it’s all for them.” It is, isn’t it?
This is a must-read for all parents because Crystal shares the rewards of teaching children how to behave, and how to give them the tools they need to find their own way, rather than silencing them with punishment. She’s so much better at describing it than me! If you’re facing temper tantrums, and “my-way-or-the-highway” behavior (your hands all shot up!) read this!
This is a post about so much more than pee (or no pee). It is an honest, hilarious, but really really honest look at something we are all guilty of (right?!) times when we lost our head and didn’t adult in the way we should adult and put our kids through our own little tantrum. Ugh. You’ll laugh so hard though (foreign pubic hair count?!) that you’ll forgive yourself right along with Brooke.
This is for anyone who has ever struggled to get their child to do anything that resembled work of any kind. Again, all of your hands shot up! ;) Salma is great. She comes up with these clever and creative ways of engaging her kids. You’ll want to steal these ideas for making chores … fun!
Let’s hear it for the dads. The good guys, the amazingly supportive, loving, caring, patient, diaper-changing, piggy-back giving, giggle-making machines who warm our hearts and give us the space to be amazing women. Love this post of appreciation from Randa. Warning … it’ll make you tear up.
Happy READING. And Happy Mother’s Day.. today and everyday.